Pruning   2 comments

A nice day here after a week of cold and wet so I was outside pruning the grape vines at the back of the house. I want a big crop of grapes this year after the surprise success of my my wine last year. I made the wine three years ago but it wasn’t nice so I left it thinking I might distil it at some later date, tried it before Christmas and it had matured very nicely so I’m going to try again.

My finger is continuing to heal but is very painful these days because the nail, which had been wrenched to a crooked position, is now trying to grow straight again. This is putting quite a lot of strain on the nail bed so it’s a pain like I’ve hit it with a hammer but it won’t go away. Methinks alcohol applied internally will be a good idea this evening.

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Posted March 12, 2011 by cukurbagli in Gardening

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  1. Apply the sovereign remedy, Old Chap. The only way to go. Glad you r trying to make wine again. Look forward to sharing a glass of your own vintage when we meet. By the way do you happen to know what “Cowslip Wine” is? It is mentioned by Dickens in “David Copperfield.” I’ll look it up wikipedia. They might have some infor. What sort of barrels or containers do you have where the wine ferments? How do you age it?
    I used to make beer some years ago and really enjoyed the “craft” and learned a lot about keeping oxygen levels low while the “wort” fermented. It was good fun. It is a lot of work. A good hobby to have though, if you have the time. The Japan disaster is keeping me riveted to the telly these days.
    Pretty aweful. We’re having March rains. Lovely weather. The silver birches are just starting to put out fresh leaves. The cherry blossoms have come and gone. Trying to write another novel. It’s a tough slog. More later. Javaid.

  2. Javaid I use the big plastic water bottles (as used by office water coolers) for fermenting. To age it I just wait. Take it you’re back in San Jose now?

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