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March 25, 2006

Go Hammer!

Today I was fortunate enough to have some people take pity on me and come out to the vineyard for some hammerin'. I got out to the vineyard around 7:45 and started paying out catch wire. I got four rows laid out then took a little coffee break.

Wire spool hitch attachment

My sister Rebecca and her fiance Dan came out around 11, and after a quick lesson on proper staple banging they were off and running, attaching catch wires to the trellis posts.

Rebecca and Dan 1

Rebecca and Dan 2

Rebecca and Dan finishing up a row

While they were working on the catch wires, Shannon came out to finish up the last two rows of pruning. Her dad is in town for the weekend (missing his grandson terribly!) so he got babysitting duties which allowed Shannon to come out for a few hours. Once Shannon was finished, she ran out and got us all lunch. After finishing up lunch, my buddy Rob "Lefty" Klause came out to do some hammerin' as well. Nothing stranger than watching someone hammer backwards and upside down...

Look everyone! A lefty with a hammer!

Doing honey-dos for the wrong honey...

Hopefully he didn't get in too much trouble for skipping out on his chores at home. While Rob was out he also took some footage and sent me over the video file - I'll get it posted soon!

Rebecca and Dan took off about 3, and Rob hung out for a while and I joined him in attaching wire. Between the four of us, we got 6 rows of wire attached! Now I just have to construct the tensioners etc. to finish them up.

Shannon ran home to pick up Tristan and her dad so they could come join in the festivities. She got this great back carrier so she couldn't wait to try it out.

Shannon giving Tristan a ride

Roger thought the new tractor was pretty cool - slightly more advanced than the one he used to drive as a kid...

Roger takes the tractor for a spin

So it was a very busy and productive day in the vineyard! Many thanks to Rebecca Mackey, Dan Greenberg, and Rob Klause for their efforts. :)

Posted by Stephen at March 25, 2006 10:00 PM