This update is long overdue, and I apologise for the delay. As usual we have been very busy, but at last we are now seeing, and enjoying, the fruits of our labours and investments over the last year: the wine we drink is the wine we make!
Our natural style of farming
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When we bought the farm in 2009 it had a small woodland in one corner which had been badly damaged by a fire, and many small trees had been cut down for firewood. Over the last 4 years we restored this area by cleaning out dead wood, by encouraging the native trees to expand and by adding a few specimen trees to add diversification. The woodland is now spreading along the side of an irrigation ditch and it has almost joined up with a newly planted area of acacia trees by our house 125 yards away! In summer, when temperatures are in the late 30’s Continue reading →
Christmas brought us a kaleidoscope of weather this year! We had planned an outdoor Christmas Dinner, as usual, with the aim of being outside in the cool for midnight. (Here the main celebration is midnight Christmas Eve/Christmas Day). The beef and the wine had been bought. During the day we worked, but as evening drew in so did the weather. Christmas Eve had started with temperatures in the 30s, but the sky clouded up and by early evening we were seeing almost hurricane force winds veering from North East to South West. No chance of a barbecue outdoors! At 9 pm we lost power to the farm for the rest of the night, Continue reading →
Here, out in the country we often find pets abandoned by tourists and people from the city. Which is how we picked up our ginger tom “Titan” and how we also picked up a grey and white female cat we named Mrs Titan. The other day Mrs Titan produced 3 kittens, 2 grey striped and 1 tricolour. Our Cocker Spaniel now acts in the role of aunty and licks them clean and generally helps out.
Mrs Titan and the titlettes
Today we heard that producers in our area (us) will be paid AR$ 0.85 a kilo for our apricots delivered to the factory. (About 11 pence a kilo). Which means that it will cost the average farmer more to harvest and transport his fruit than he will get paid. Continue reading →