|Sizing up the job|
Over many days during summer we have tucked and plucked the vines, taking off the leaves to expose the grapes to the sun, so they ripen. We have plucked the laterals off, and tucked the vines under the wires. Aussie colleagues Annie and Peggy were staying in January and became expert at this work within minutes. With their help we completed a couple of rows within an hour.
|Annie points out the finer points|
|Admiring our work|
|Annie and Peggy happy in their work!|
Now of course our work is to keep the birds from eating the grapes.
This year, David bought new nets. They are wider than previous years and hopefully this means we don't have to bend down to tie the nets - back breaking work. The Wairarapa birds are tricky in that they fly at the nets, bite a few grapes and fly off. We have learned we not to have the nets close to the grapes.
|Richard places the nets over the vines|
David has made a belay contraption which delivers the nets, and Richard and David work out how tight/loose to have them. Off we set. its hot, around 28 degrees, the work is slow.
|Richard and David sizing up the job|
|Belaying the nets and stretching them over the vines|
|There's a lot of reaching up with this job|
|the precision driver|
|Rich stretching the nets as we go|
|The nets are on!|