King Richard is suitably cool in the wine fridge at The Needle & Pin micropub (The Rushes, Loughborough) having been delivered there less than a week ago. He is clearly appreciated in this popular micropub, judging by the sales figures. I had better get some more bottles labelled!
Dry, still day. Perfect for spraying. Now can I get the garden tractor round? Errrr…no!
Stopped raining apart from occasional drizzle. Builders opened pack of slabs – wrong ones have been sent!! Unable to complete second wheelchair ramp. So, earth moving done instead to raise ground height in line with first wheelchair ramp. Added bonus – the awful ruts have been covered up.
Rain stopped and sun made a brief appearance.
I surveyed the mud bath. The dumper truck is making such massive ruts and the ground is too sodden to complete the second wheelchair ramp for the time being. Certainly wheelchairs would not be able to proceed down the lawn to the vineyard!!!
Rained all night. Ground too sodden for builders. Ahhh! I need this work finished. The Swithland Church Mens Group visit (orininally Monday) has been postponed.
I have busied myself in delivering more wine to David Norths delicatessen up the road. This is their third delivery of Fearless in one week. Apparently Fearless is the number one choice of present for Fathers Day. Then I took advantage of a break in the rain to pick elderflowers. De-stemming them is going to take me about 18 hours. Well, I had better get started….
Vineyard not ready for wheelchair access – just yet. Wish it would stop raining!!!!
Footing for second wheelchair ramp started. Great care taken to preserve the horizon
tal root of the Orion vine
Pouring with rain, so indoor jobs done. Door notices on, shelf and mirror installed. Painting in the utility room. (we need to buy a wide angled lens for the camera)
A fab group of young people came from Rothley Church for a vineyard tour. Enthusiasm came over all twelve and they picked elderflowers from the vineyard hedgerows and then started the fermentation in the winery.
Feeling tremendously proud. Prestigious Leicester off-licence is selling every single one of my wines. The team at 23Wine&Whiskey on Granby Street are really knowledgeable and take pride in sourcing quality local produce. Cannot wait for feedback as to sales.
Took my first order of wine to the Link Hotel in Loughborough. Received a warm welcome by manager Alun Pomfrett, and shown round. Great facilities for meetings, so must tell the vineyard association. Really proud that they are selling my wine.
Blockwork done for path and steps. Umpteen tons of quarry waste trundled across the lawn.
No chance to get provisions so builders have had to bring a flask. Must look after them better tomorrow.
Henspection of pit dug for wheelchair ramp.
The builders are back! This area will become a patio, in front of the new greenhouse, where visitors can sip wine in my optimistic hope of a sunshine summer.
Now must check provisions… Eeek! Not enough to last builders more than an hour…..