Whew! What a summer! We thought we were through with the heat and enjoyed some wonderful rain. Now, the heat has returned, along with a variety of animals competing for forage and water. Deer are plentiful. Wild boar have been on the property. The birds are loving the vineyard--bluebirds, hawks, scissortail flycatchers, meadow larks are in residence, to name the most obvious. Someone is rooting around between the rows--armadillo are the most suspected, and if they have dirt on their faces, we'll know for sure. It's a job keeping the irrigation in operation, tying up vines after a couple of wind storms, and fighting weeds. The muscadines are continuing to progress! As I write, there is thunder in the distance. We would be thankful for another rain, since we are still considered in Extreme Drought conditions. A cooling of the temperatures would be nice, as well. September will be here soon, and certain harvest and autumn beyond!