30 September 2014

Watching the parade

The two guys who are harvesting a big part of the Renaudière vineyard continued their work yesterday, and that despite the fact that we got 6 mm — about a quarter of an inch — of rain in the early morning hours. They are still harvesting white wine grapes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc. The red grapes are waiting patiently.

We watch them, or their big harvester and the tractor pulling the trailer filled with grapes, as they move up and down the rows of vines and as they parade by our house hauling loads of grapes back down to the winery.

With these machines and methods, two people can harvest all the grapes that would otherwise require bringing in dozens or scores of human grape-pickers, and probably in less time and for less money. Mechanization of the harvest makes it possible for local growers to stay in business and make a decent living. Not to mention good wines for reasonable prices.

29 September 2014

Monday morning rain

I was surprised to hear rain beating against the roof and windows when I woke up this morning. We haven't had any rain in so long that it had become an unfamiliar sound. The ground and garden really need the moisture at this point. Here, the weather pattern is feast or famine flood or drought.

The photos above are about a week old. It didn't rain that evening — it just threatened. We could see lightning off toward the west and south.

28 September 2014

Late September Sunset

One of the nice things about September is that late summer and early autumn sunsets are so beautiful. These photos show the sunset we had on Friday, 26 September, 2014.

7:45 p.m.

7:47 p.m.

7:59 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

8:01 p.m.

We are lucky enough to be able to see both sunrise and sunset every day from our house. I especially enjoy watching and taking pictures of nice sunsets from the Velux roof windows in our upstairs family room, which overlook the Renaudière vineyard.