The vineyard is at its most austere right now. Pruning continues, but most of the parcels have been cut back. Now we just wait for the new growth of vines, leaves, and bunches of grapes. Before too long, the vineyard will be a sea of green.
In the parts of the vineyard where we walk, there are at least five trous d'eau, or waterholes. I'm sure they're not natural — the holes must have been dug out, but for what reason I'm not sure.
Some of them, like the pond out behind our house, catch runoff from the road when it rains. Others just fill up with rain falling from the sky, I guess. You can tell how rainy the weather has been by how full the waterholes are. Some years and in some seasons, they can be totally dry.
You can also tell how cold it is outside by looking to see if the pond and waterholes are iced over — as they have been recently.
Callie really enjoys walking in the vines, running up and down the rows and under the support wires strung from post to post. The only place she enjoys going more is into the woods all around the vineyard. There's not much undergrowth, so it's easy to walk among the trees.
The weather is still cold, with morning lows just above freezing. By the end of next week, however, our high temperatures will be in the 50s F, and maybe up to 60ºF (15ºC). I can't wait to haul all our big potted plants outdoors for a bath the first time we have a reasonably warm rainy day.