This is a new leaf on a Chardonnay vine. The vineyard is just beginning its 2013 growth cycle.
May is full of holidays in France. May 1 is Labor Day, or la fête du Travail, in France and many other countries. And then 10 days from now the Christian holiday of Pentecost — la Pentecôte — will be celebrated, with a Monday holiday in France called le lundi de Pentecôte.
The recent garden pruning we had done left us with four or five big piles of branches that we need to cut up for use as firewood.
If it rains on every one of these holidays, people in France will get pretty grouchy. We've finally started having some nice weather, and Walt and I have been getting a lot of work done in the yard and garden — tilling, mowing, and cutting wood, mostly. I guess with today's rain we can take a holiday too.