Yesterday I took my camera with me on my walk with Natasha in the Renaudière vineyard out behind our house near Saint-Aignan. Here's a look at the state of the red wine grapes in late August 2019. The slideshow is made up of 11 images and runs for a minute and a half.
It's always interesting to see how blue, not red or even purple, the grapes are. They have plumped up a lot over the past week or two and they are ripening quickly. With afternoon temperatures still in the 90s and predicted to stay that high over the coming week, it won't be long before the harvest starts.
By the way, the population of our hamlet increased from eight to nine this past week. The young couple three houses down the road from us had their second baby. Yesterday afternoon they invited us over for a celebration with about two dozen of their relatives — parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The baby, a little boy they are calling Nils, is beautiful.