We are now just into the holidays, reflecting upon how much we have for which to be thankful. Working across the seasons in a vineyard, one becomes intimately aware of the connection among weather, sun angle, soil conditions, water availability, wildlife, and plant management techniques that combine to produce the fruit of the harvest. While hard and smart work are necessary, all of us depend so much upon the hand we are dealt on a daily basis, and really to be able to awaken and experience each day as it unfolds is a gift beyond belief.
There is another nature note to report this week...bobcats! Probably photos will be difficult to come by, such shy creatures they are, but we'll keep the camera close at hand...just in case the opportunity affords itself.