An Old Netting Machine

Abandoned Net Pulling MachineI wonder how difficult it was to put the nets on in the vineyards before hydraulics and machinery came along? One thing for sure, even with the introduction of automation, there’s still a lot of manual labour involved as far as pulling the nets are concerned, especially if the nets are tight and the number of rows that need covering is big. My sore fingers and hands are a reflection of how crude this method really is after 2 weeks of the same mind-numbing task. Someone needs to find a better way in addressing those bloody annoying grape-pecking birds sooner rather than later! Did I hear the re-introduction of DDT? LOL!

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a simple meal

avocado chicken toast with some beerof mashed avocado and some poached chicken breast on toast. Downed them with a few bottles of beer after a full day of bathing in powdery mildew out in the vineyards. The job was shitty to say the least but thank God my work mates were great đŸ™‚

lignified

the forsaken tendrilstendrils originated from primordium or anlage, which could also branch into inflorescence (flower clusters that turn into grapes later) or shoots on a grapevine cane. They tend to have limited branching or cell differentiation but love swirling and hooking unto other objects for support before turning woody and hardy, leaving a somewhat prominent display of the season’s past on the foliage wires (once the vines are pruned), before the eventual new growth in spring overwhelms them.