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March 10, 2005

Midnight Maintenance

Well not really midnight, more like 9:00 pm...

Had to run out to the vineyard last night to fix the hole digger. Rebecca hit a rock or something and the shear bolt in the PTO shaft got demolished. That's OK, it's designed to do that - I'd rather replace a $0.25 bolt than a $100 gearbox. But since the weather is going to be nice today she is planning on augering some more fence post holes thus the late night maintenance visit. Fix is easy - took about 10 minutes and she's all set for today!

Regarding late night equipment fixing, I suspect this is the first of many. I've just completed Louisa Thomas Hargrave's book "The Vineyard: The Pleasures and Perils of Creating an American Winery" which recounts her family's experiences in founding the first winery on Long Island's North Fork. An enlightening (sometimes sobering) account of the pleasures and perils of founding a vineyard (including lots of late-night fixing) - I highly recommend.

Posted by Stephen at March 10, 2005 9:40 AM