Time to Celebrate – The Story So Far

I know there is still a long way to go, and arguably there always will be, but still I feel fantastic and excited about what we have achieved so far.  I wonder how many people in life can say they built their dream?  Well mine is built so I thought I would try to tell the story so far with a few pictures.  Enjoy.  I have.

Why it’s Cool to be a Domaine

Taittinger-La-MarquetterieWI came across this beautifully written blog from Scalawine  (click to read) which has some good insights into the virtues (or otherwise) of various classifications of producers in Champagne.  In particular, their support of Domaine or Single Grower Champagnes clarifies many of the decisions made on this vineyard.  A great read for a bad weather day…and believe me, this is a bad weather WEEK!!

There is such a thing as bad rain

Rain when you least want it

The count down is on to planting and the team is all lined up for Saturday.  I’ve been pushing as hard as I can to get enough wires up, pipes laid, fences run.  NOW it decides to rain?…and blow…and everything else.  So close now and I’ll be stuffed if the weather is going to beat me but the weather man says more of this to come.

A change is as good as a rest

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And I was glad of a rest from straining end braces (and my back) when the poly for the main and sub main lines turned up along with a ripper/pipe layer.
Spent Thursday afternoon laying out the lines, (well it was a beautiful day,) and, after a morning on the braces, Craig turned up with the tractor. I think nothing so far has gone as smoothly

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In 2 1/2 hours we had laid around 800m of 2″ and 1″ pipe.

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Think that counts as a successful day.