A good week of heat and things are exploding up at Two Terrier Vineyards. So we loaded the terriers into the ATV and drove around the spread to see the progress. Some of our fruit trees are looking as if they are still settling in and won’t be producing a crop again this year. Others, like the Pluot, Peach and Nectarine, are nearing ripeness. So far my Mylar bird deflection devices seem to be working. No beak pecks in the fruit so far, but perhaps the birds are just waiting for the peak of ripeness. As are we.
The view from the orchard to the Lower Vineyards which are Grenache and Mourvedre.
Then to the Upper Vineyard, where Lucy gives terrier-scale to the growing Cabernet vines.
Fruit is looking good. Too good. We’re struggling with soil that is a bit too fertile, so we’ll be cutting off the water soon.
Then a stop at the crush pad and wine cave to inventory our supplies. Looks like we’ll have a bumper harvest this year and we need to be ready.
Oscar did his bit: killing a mouse in the wine cave and showing the coyotes and foxes who’s boss.
Good thing Oscar’s marking. Because judging from this calling card, the coyotes are back.
Quick check of the lavender fields showed all is blooming there.
Then back down to Lake Charles, where the water lilies are thriving.
And dragonflies are mating.
At least in Sonoma, all’s right with the world.