So, this is a (personal) milestone in blogging for me. I have now been an employee here at Rathfinny Wine Estate for 12 months. So what have I done in this time? (Faint cry from the cheap seats of “not a lot”)
It’s been a whirl wind time of non-stop work where I have been able to utilise my skills and also learn new ones a plenty. I won’t bore you with the details of my day to day routine, but while I have your undivided attention, I would like to propose that you watch this space for future research from me in the vineyard. Because, while Cameron, Jamie and Jonathan were shaking hands with Royalty, I was meeting ecological ‘royalty’ in the form of Professor Steve Wratten from New Zealand. It is early days yet, but in conjunction with Steve and hopefully Professor Dave Goulson* from Sussex University, I’m assessing the best way to enhance native biological gain in our vineyard to improve invertebrates (little critters) which will benefit our vines. Watch this space and follow me on twitter (@rathfinnyrich) for regular updates.
For those followers of this blog, you may remember a post about the birth of our triplets entitled “Rollercoaster Ride”. Well, I’m not sure what ticket we purchased but it’s now six months on and the ride shows no sign of stopping or indeed slowing down. The question my Rock* and I get asked is “what’s it like and how do you do it”. Firstly, we are not alone. There are others out there who have triplets and even more!
The one word that sums it up is relentless. Relentless feeding, relentless nappy changing and relentless washing to put away! The numbers game – 560 nappies a month, 900 wipes every 2 weeks, 65kgs of formula(!) and 2016hrs of feeding (12hrs per day – do the math?).
However, the most important and crucial number of all. We now have 4 beautiful and healthy children.
They are all sitting up, rolling around, giggling, smiling, defecating, laughing and squawking. Often in the morning before I leave for work, I would put my money on the fact that we had produced three pterodactyls from all the noise emanating from their room.
The lack of sleep has been painful. The continuous rounds of feeding have been endless. The Rock has stood her ground and not waivered, purely because, just when you are at your lowest, covered in baby slime, surrounded by washing, still in your pj’s and a six year old that wants to play hula hoop with you – one of the triplets will smile or giggle. Priceless.
My personal bug bear – if you’re reading this and you’re local, and you see me and my Rock with the tribe, please come over and chat and ask all the questions you wish. It gets rather off putting when people just point and assume because we have triplets we miraculously became deaf at the same time – “oooo, that man has three babies, do you think they are all his……or…….wow, three babies I couldn’t do that, how could you?….”
So, come September I’ll be able to provide you all with a 12mth tribe update. And hopefully by then I will have put that final basket of washing away and conquered the hula hoop.
(If washing is not put away, then more of the tribe will end up wearing the Rock’s knickers!)
Must go now and count critters between the vines…..
Ed – *Dave Goulson – author of incredible book entitled “Sting in the Tale”.
*the Rock – aka my fantastic and beautiful wife and mother to 4 wonderful children