Work on the vineyard property is still well underway. This is a picture of the most Southeast corner of the land we have chosen to develop first. This spot was recently covered in stumps and brush and will one day flourish in Pinot Noir vines. The cleared area, while deceiving as far as size is concerned covers about 10 acres (approx. 4 hectares).
A closer shot reveals how much work is still required before this area would be considered completed by vineyard standards.
A large portion of time in the beginning stages of vineyard development is spent "stick-picking". Every single one of these sticks and stumps must be removed before the land can be prepped and planted. A large portion of my Thanksgiving holiday will be spent bending over and gathering this wood. The wine business is very glamorous you know. The top portion of this photo is land still needing to be cleared.
I'm really not kidding about the stick-picking. Any volunteers?
Beginning Monday we will be laying a 1/2 mile of rock on the road leading up to the vineyard area and ending at this point. This will improve the traction of the road during the winter time. Currently, slipping and sliding in the mud has been an issue.
We have also decided to move the homesite from another location on the property to this one. This would be the new view from the kitchen window. What do you think?
It's another installment of Halloween dishes. Hey, Halloweenies like me need a place to hold and display all of my Halloween goodies. This is a relish tray with three different compartments.
This bowl is quite large standing nine inches tall and the opening at the top measuring about 12 inches in diameter.
Another large, festive dish.
Another great, large bowl for holding popcorn and watching a Halloween flick.
This is one of my favorite platters used to serve treats or appetizers. It's very large and works well throughout the Thanksgiving season as well.