Friday, January 13, 2017

Pruning 2017.

It may be a Friday the 13th, but I was lucky enough to be able to get out into the vineyard for a little while today.  The weather was very pleasant this afternoon which meant I was able to start pruning.  It was cold, sunny and, most importantly, dry.
As usual, I started to prune the Orange Muscat vines first.  It is the earliest date on which I have ever started to prune, but I am anticipating more rain in the coming weeks, so I thought I'd get an early start.  I love pruning, so I'm not complaining.  Prune on!


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Journalistically relevant (earliest date)! No?

Thomas said...

Earliest date for pruning, severe drought followed by torrential downpours, nothing happening in the atmosphere that we should be concerned over!

Methinks, VG you might want to rethinks your position ;)

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Good thing I'm not a journalist.

Tomasso: The early pruning is merely a convenience, it is the rainy season for Northern California, after all.
I have never doubted that climate can change, it's called precession and it happens about every 27,000 years. Precession is probably one of the reasons that the dinosaurs are no longer roaming about on the range with the buffalo.
I don't believe that regular folk should be taxed and penalised for something that cannot be fixed, like the politicians tell us it can. Carbon credits? Puleeze!!!
The main problem is that there are too many people on the planet - and for every well-meaning Westerner who does the responsible thing and has less children, there is still unfettered population growth elsewhere.
And don't give me that, now becoming old chestnut, "Well they can grow grapes in England now", the Romans were doing that in hotsy-totsy Britain 2000 years ago.
Not rethinking my position any time soon.

Thomas said...


You may not believe this, I agree: population is THE main problem facing humanity, but try getting that past the theologians.

Thud said...

We are guilty there too Thomas...lots of us in this family with plenty more to come, just hoping global warming will lift us out of the perpetual murk I live in.

Thomas said...

Thud: I am the last of ten siblings. I have so many nieces, nephews and grand nieces/nephews I cannot keep track. I also had a vasectomy done soon after I got married to a woman who also comes from a large family. I did my part.