Sunday, 19 June 2011

In the Vineyards

It's taken several goes to get these photos up.
I'm not sure whether the computer or Blogger was at fault.
In the end I haven't included all the ones I had chosen.
Never mind.
I thought you might like an update on how the vineyards are looking.
As you can see they are in full leaf now.

I enjoy walking amongst them.
I've been doing a lot of that this last week
with the hounds
while Mike has been away.

I've noticed quite a few workers in the vineyards.
I think many of them come from other countries,
Poland and other East European countries.

By the time I reached these workers
they were having a breather on the track
before continuing down the next row.
They parted to let me and the hounds through.
I suppose we were an unexpected sight,
four greyhounds being walked amongst the vineyards.

I'm not sure what the workers were doing,
probably tying the vines in.
They have grown quite rapidly
while I've been away.

Here are the beginnings of a bunch of grapes.

The area I tend to favour for walking the hounds is rich in wildlife.
Can you see the deer in this last photo?
It's got it's back to us
but has turned it's head around,
most likely to keep an eye on the hounds.
Click on the photo for a larger view.
It's in the centre.

I wish I had had the camera with me the other morning.
But walking with 4 greyhounds
and a camera isn't always that easy.
Especially when Jewel frightens any wildlife away
before I can get the camera focused.
Fortunately she didn't see the hare
hopping past us in the field,
to our left,
or the deer in the courgette field
to our right,
bounding away.
In fact none of the hounds saw them
I think they were hidden from view
with wild rose bushes and grasses.
But it was the best view I've had so far of a hare,
so close.

I haven't forgotten,
I'll be back to report on my UK trip soon.
But before that,
tomorrow in fact,
I'll have something different.


Kath said...

Lovely photos, it looks very sunnny. Here in England it has been raining every day.
How interesting to see all the vines again.

Sarah said...

Hi Lynne,
Lovely photos of the vineyards-so green and lush looking. Have you tried the wine from your area?

Sarah said...

I meant to say, I got a lovely letter from Henrik. Would you thank him for me? Thanks!

Daisy said...

The vineyards look so pretty and lush, Lynne. It must be a lovely place to walk. I like the photo of the deer. It's nice to see you back. :)

Steve Gravano said...

Nice walk through the vineyard. I wonder if the deer eat the grape leaves? I have deer eating my Hosta and Lilly plants.

Ash said...

Loved taking a walk with you and your hounds! Wow, haven't those vines grown - I trained in horticulture, before kids, so I love seeing how things progress. Best wishes.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful images.;) I envy you the fact that you live among vineyards, my sister does too and I could walk across those areas every single day.;))
Have a lovely Monday,