Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Contingency plans

I rang to get the weekly shopping list
from two nonagenarians.

Could you get me one of those very tiny bottles of wine?
Merlot. Sainsbury's do them.
When the curate came round last week to give Communion
 he found that his bottle of consecrated wine was empty.

A walk recently found us stumbling unexpectedly through a vast vineyard.

Gusbourne Estate grows Pinot Noir,
Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

They have followed the tradition of planting roses at the end of each row,
this supposedly acting as an early warning system because
grape vines and roses are susceptible to the same diseases,
such as powdery mildew and downy mildew.

The wine rack is empty and
we have an anniversary coming up.

I don't think they do very tiny bottles.


  1. Replies
    1. Yes It's a congregation of one! Her friend does not partake.

  2. I didn't knows that about the roses - a sort of companion planting

    1. I'd seen them but thought they were purely decorative. Opinion is divided as to their efficacy when you look into it further.
      Rather charmingly the roses were white, red and blush, to indicate the grape types.

    2. That is true attention to detail. We allowed our grapevine to grow and we had some fruit this year at long last...when we went to pick them, something had been there before us. Next year we will be smarter and quicker.

  3. I never think of vineyards in England. Love the roses.

  4. Going on a Texas wine tour (don't laugh:) in 3 weeks. Will check for roses.

  5. Sad indeed, I hope you replenish soon!