Independence Day Ramblings – 7/4/2017

Happy Independence Day, my friends. My apologies for not posting sooner, but the last few months have been a whirlwind. In addition to finishing up book five (editing is almost complete), I’ve been in the process of starting a vineyard here on the farm. It will be far easier to show you the process than to attempt to describe it, so here is the journey in pictures:

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Started by cutting black locust posts.
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A lot of posts.
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This part took over a month.
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We became monogamous for a bit.
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No really, a lot of posts…
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Howdy.
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Then I laid out the grid for the vineyard.
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Lots of flags and string…
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A slow and tedious process.
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Then I moved the posts into position.
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Did I mention there were a lot of posts?
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This gas-powered auger saved me so much time, but it was an abusive relationship. My wrists may never be the same.
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Hello again…
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There were some sloppy muddy days.
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But finally, I got to the last post.
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Setting these posts was the hardest work I’ve ever done.
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And I’ve done some serious work before.
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But the pride I felt was indescribable.
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Then the vines arrived.
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Over 400 of them.
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They needed to soak.
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This was a messy step.
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After digging 400+ more holes, the first vine went in the ground.
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Within a couple of days, it started showing life.
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Seriously, I cried a little.
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Grow strong little one.
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And finally I got them all planted.
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And Saorsa Doire was launched.

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