Our progress to enhance the landscape and wildlife on the Estate has really gathered pace over the summer. I was going to highlight our plans for next year’s provision for more pollen and nectar rich wild flower planting or the technicalities of planting over 100 mature trees to landscape the winery.
Then I took this image of a levitating kidney-spot ladybird and following on from Cameron’s blog, I thought I would extoll the virtues of our wild flower areas being a haven for predatory insects which will assist us in controlling vineyard ‘pests’.
However, my subject matter changed again as the other weekend I was present for the world’s finest rollercoaster ride.
On the 15th September my ride commenced from the vertiginous 13th floor of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. I was a passenger and my wife had a special reserved seat. After an incredible undulating journey with apprehension, excitement, tears and fears – the finale was quite incredible!
My wife (and passenger me) are now the proud parents to spontaneous triplets to join our 6 year old daughter Romilly – instant large family achieved. Edward took the finishing tape at 11.43am weighing in at 4lb 15, closely followed by Miles (3lb 4) and Cordelia (4lb 6).
Edward is a particular boy’s name we chose, Miles is Latin for soldier as he had to be a little fighter during his time ‘inside’ and Cordelia was King Lear’s favourite and youngest daughter.
My wife and I will forever remember the rollercoaster for various reasons and she has recovered amazingly well from the journey. She is the proverbial rock. All 3 small dudes are now in the incredible care of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. The level of care is indescribable. All of the staff should wear halos. I am completely in awe of the work they undertake to look after all the “little people”.
So deep breaths. Shoulders back. Work to be done on the vineyard and surrounding Estate.
What a ride though.
Richard James – Landscape and Environmental Officer