This morning I said I would attempt to help David out in the vineyard chopping back the Riesling vines in preparation for the grafting of the Shiraz. Grandma said she would be happy to help out with the kids so we loaded them into the
pram paddock basher. (you gotta see this machine!) and walked down the road to the vineyard where we met David.
My job wasn't very difficult and that was to basically hold the electric secateurs and pass them to him when we came across a really stubborn, entwined vine wrapped around the wire. He would chop it off and then with a bit of force, pull it off the wire. I would then snip back what was left to two buds and snap any buds off growing at the base of each vine.
It started off well of course and we got into a bit of a routine. The kids played nicely and they climbed in and out of the ute and up onto the quad bike. They ate, they drank and they did a bit of exploring in the glorious sunshine. Then the inevitable...
...They got bored and tired and Edie just wanted to be held and then Hugh was sooking and didn't know what he wanted and then when Grandma tried to put them both in the pram to get going they both started because Edie still wanted to be held and Hugh wouldn't let her in the pram. So then I had to go and sort out the kids and then it was decided we had to go and so we left Grandma out there to continue helping. You know how I told you that my time out working on the farm is limited, well in this instance it was definetely an attempt and all over red rover in a matter of about half an hours worth of actual work.
I can tell you that we just made it back to the house. I kicked into survival mode and managed two very quick nappy changes, a bottle fest and then some wind down ABC for kids on tv.
The little darlings have drifted off to sleep with not much effort so I thought i'd better make the most of this precious time and write this little post and share some pictures I took yesterday afternoon out here at the farm.
At least I can say I helped a bit!