Monday, November 07, 2005

Spring Has Sprung!

Rain and more rain! That has been the story of September and October. The dams and tanks are full and the creeks are running, some even flooding. The grass is jumping out of the ground and the vines are thriving. Well, almost! The Cabernet Sauvignon was attacked by wallabies for the first time ever. They ate a lot of new shoots and caused a great deal of fruit loss. The replacement shoots are not as fruitful so it will be a toss up this year whether a harvest is worthwhile or not. Looks like an electric fence around this vineyard is now in order. My grapegrowing neighbour had a similar event this year as well.
The new plantings are doing well. Even the Pinot Noir has sprung to life. Amazing what a a pep talk or maybe the threat of grubbing will do.
The vegetable garden looks good as well. We have a full load of lettuce, chinese vegetables, pumpkin, zuchinnis, spinach, beetroot, beans, corn, tomatoes and herbs to look forward to in the coming months.
The young cattle are appreciating the good season too. They all look fat and well and a lot less skittish since the hand feeding..
Summer is just around the corner. We are looking forward to some time down at the beach swimming and fishing.

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