Tuesday, November 29, 2005

What Has Happened to Summer?

November has been cold and wet apart from a few days when summer made a brief appearance, then left.
I am not complaining about the rain though. The country looks the best it's looked for 10 years.
The grapes and vegetables are growing well and when some heat eventually comes all the plants will jump out of the ground.

The Vegetable Garden
The orchard is also looking good. The parrots will enjoy a good season of fruit ( apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, nashis and pears) this year. Hopefully this will be the last year of 'waste' in this area as it is planned to build a netted cage around the entire orchard over the next 12 months.

The Orchard
I had help to pull down an old water tank that had been damaged by the hail storm. As well we managed to do some much needed fencing.
We hired a skip to get rid of the tank residue and managed to rid the property of quite a build up of other metal waste that had been accumulating for the last 10 years.
We enjoyed a day trip up to Braidwood for an outdoor quilt show and one to Sydney for some serious Christmas shopping. I still not have found a suitable replacement espresso coffeee machine.

The Pinot Noir Vineyard
Other than that, work continues at the new vineyard project at Milton. We have almost finished planting the 10 acres there and some of what has been in the ground for a year or so is looking ready for the training process to begin. This will be quite complicated as the owner has opted for the French single Guyot cane pruned system rather than the conventional fixed cordon, spur pruned system. It is estimated that the former takes three times as long to perform per vine than the latter. The advantage is said to be controlled yield and improved fruit quality. Time will tell!

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