Pruning the vineyard is finally finished! Sanity preserved by audiobooks. If only just…

by Kit Munro

Today two things were finished. The pruning and also The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. The last of the 16,500 Sauvignon Blanc vines were pruned about 9am. That left only the 150 odd Pinot Noir vines  for us to do. These 150 vines produce grapes that are not sold.  Instead they are used to make our own home-brew.

Having started back in May, today at 11:25am the last of the vines were finally pruned. Now on to the wrapping of these vines… 

I am not overly a fan of thrillers, but after reading the passage below I admit I was kind of hooked;

The Jackal was perfectly aware that in 1963 General de Gaulle was not only the President of France; he was also the most closely and skillfully guarded figure in the Western World. To assassinate him… was considerably more difficult than to kill President John F. Kennedy of the United States. Although the English killer did not know it, French security experts who had through American courtesy been given an opportunity to study the precautions taken to guard the life of President Kennedy had returned somewhat disdainful of those precautions as exercised by the American Secret Service…

From the excitement and turmoil of France in the  mid-1960s back to reality. Just to give some idea of how a pruned Sauvignon Blanc (or Savy) vine compares to an un-pruned savy vine…

 

The weapons of choice for pruning were…

And of course…

 

This Book is number #142 on Flynn’s list.I found my copy of Frederick Forsyth’s  The Day of the Jackal  here. If anyone knows of another place this audiobook is available please let me know in the comments below.

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