When I went out for the morning walk yesterday, I came upon a group of people picking grapes way out in the upper part of the vineyard. I recognized one man because I've seen him out there many times, tending the vines. Another, younger man noticed me and asked him if he recognized me. "Oh sure, he said, he walks his dog out here all the time. Look, there's the dog now! Sometimes the pooch will come over and greet me." I guess we are local color now.
All day we waited for rain to start falling, but it didn't come until after dark in the evening. The mechanical harvest continues at its leisurely pace. The photo above shows two men from the Domaine de la Renaudie winery, with their harvester and tractor-trailer. The man in the blue tractor is the owner, and the one standing works out in the vines year-round. Right now, his main job seems to be driving the harvester. I took the photo from a window up in the loft.