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English Wine Week

Updated: Mar 9, 2019

Newly formed young grapes
I didn't quite manage to catch the flowering vines. This photo is a few weeks later, when the fruit was already setting.

English Wine Week is a national celebration that always takes place at the end of May and beginning of June, with events throughout the country.  We joined in with a very successful open day, at which over fifty people turned up for a tour and the chance to sample and buy all our wines. The vineyard was looking green and beautiful, with the Rondo already in full flower. Then on the dot of midday as we were about to start, the sun came out and the weather improved. Just a few more days of sunshine and the Madeleine Angevine will be in flower too.

The big surprise of the day came when I was setting up, though. I moved a plastic traffic bollard and found a perfectly formed bird’s nest with six small eggs underneath it! We checked later in the summer, not daring to move it again. It seems as though five of the eggs hatched out and the nestlings had flown the nest. Just one dead fledgling remained. We never knew if the birds somehow got in and out underneath, or if they made a vertical ascent through the hole at the top.


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