Monday, May 25, 2009
Here are the pictures from my day of rest, Sunday, when Bacco and I climbed Mt. Bettore, the tallest mountain in the Marche. At its summit, it is only 7,800 feet or about the altitude of Estes Park, CO. The hike is about 3 miles + or - a half mile each way (hikes in Italy are listed by how much time they take and not by km or miles). Bacco had a blast in the snow, hiking onto steep mini glaciers and burrowing and then sliding down lie a dog "sled". I laughed out loud watching him. Then we encountered 4 skiers on a much bigger glacier and this was a new game for Bacco, who chased the skiers down the hill about 300 meters. One guy yelled in italian "I can't get a break, dogs chase me on my bike and now on skis"
We are now tying our 30000 vines branches to the metal tutors; t;ying being relative as we have a little machine which automatically loops the branches with a plastic band, staples and cuts it. Unfortunately, I was wrong when I thought this jub would be faster than the previous pruning.
We are in the midst of a heat wave with temps in the 90's and full sun every day. I am fine tuning my farmer's tan, but it gets pretty warm on our little slope.
Our wonderful pool continues with major glitches: the lower pool was empty yesterday morning for no reason.
Finally, the roses are from little yearling plants which produced one rose each, but they were good efforts.
I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend!
Posted by Dwight at 10:02 PM