Just prior to Christmas on what was a dark day for All Blacks rugby, Mark and I sat down and estimated how long it would take us to prune the vineyard.
The less said about the rugby the better, but it turned out to be an incredibly accurate estimation of pruning. 5 weeks is what we thought, that’s allowing for plenty of rain days. Well we finished pruning the vineyard in 4 and ½ weeks- not too bad!
Finally I am able to say we’ve actually finished something! It seems we’re always nearly… or about to… or going to…
Since then the vineyard wires have been repositioned ready for this years growth, and the guys have been clearing scrub on our HLS land prior to the end of February cut-off for scrub clearance due to the bird-nesting season. This area of the farm is where the ponies were earlier in the winter and is where we are trying to re-establish chalk grassland from a largely overgrown grass sward interspersed with those lovely thorny plants blackthorn, hawthorn, gorse and brambles- it makes clearing not the most favourite job on site.
We’ve also welcomed a new permanent team member in the vineyard Rick Burrows, who started toward the end of the month. Welcome aboard.