There were so many of them (and they come in a myriad of colours too) for sale at the square adjacent to Campo dos Mártires da Pátria on Sunday morning. All merchandise related to domesticating these winged, feathered vertebrate are available for the avid bird owners or soon-to-be owners. I haven’t seen any cats lurking around but perhaps they have already mastered the skills to be the deadly, invisible and opportunistic stealth feline within the square heavily guarded by the somewhat groggy, clumsy and noisy homo sapiens.
I 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!