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The Vineyard Years Podcast
7 minutes | a day ago
The Vineyard Years. A podcast. Chapter 14 : The merry month of May
A report on the modest progress of our Trapping Hill vineyard set against the back drop of English vineyards generally. We've a long way to go.
8 minutes | 8 days ago
The Vineyard Years A podcast. Chapter 13 : It’s all kicking off
Well we asked for buds and we got them even though they were reluctant to pop their heads out of their plastic tubes. It was freezing this April as you can see. But we got the buds and 200 willows intended to be windbreaks as well. This is vineyard years podcast chapter 13.
8 minutes | 22 days ago
The Vineyard Years Podcast. Chapter 12, where it all began
It seems only right that I should at some point give credit to where this crazy idea of a vineyard in the Yorkshire Dales all began. The brief answer is it began in a place called the Ferguson Valley in Western Australia. We were living there for a year on an exchange programme. A beautiful place and made even more so by being perhaps Australia's newest wine region. It was here that I began to dream the dream. Listen on.
7 minutes | 24 days ago
The Vineyard Years. A podcast Chapter 11, the shed
The real reason I wanted a vineyard, so I could legitimately have my own shed. It didn't quite work out as planned but I got the shed which was what really mattered. This is the proper version of podcast 11 that appeared a while ago but without the actual podcast. Duh.
10 minutes | 2 months ago
The Vineyard Years podcast Chapter 10
First off an apology. This podcast is not up to our usual standard, not by a long way. This is because my chum who runs the technical department is unwell which has left me to try and pick up on this side of things and I've failed miserably. So I had a choice - put out a stripped down version of the podcast - no music or intro or outro just the recorded chapter. It was either this or no podcast for the foreseeable future. I've decided to go ahead with my much poorer version and hope that it works. I’ll start the new year of 2014 with a rather unusual blog. It describes a night in a hotel with our colleagues. Colleagues, in this case, being other Yorkshire vineyard owners. All but one commercial and, all but one, much bigger than ours. It was an interesting evening. A lot of wine was drunk but very little strategy planned. It meant leaving our dogs behind for the first time and there’s a bit about this before ending on what can only be called a total digression.
8 minutes | 5 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 9
The last chapter of 2013. It’s entitled a review of the year but on re-acquaintance, it’s really nothing of the sort. It casts an envious eye towards other established vineyards and their success, mostly down south. At a local level there is my first attempt to set up a wine-tasting evening. Did it happen? You’ll have to wait to find out. Find the original blog here: "Vineyard 9 : Review of the Year” https://thesummerhouseyears.com/vineyard-9-review-of-the-year/ For more information, please contact Mr Summerhouse: email@example.com
7 minutes | 6 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 8
When a person has the kind of mad flight of fantasy that seems compatible with setting up their own vineyard, like me they probably don’t imagine the detailed and apparently mundane decisions that it will lead to. This podcast, for example, considers the finer points of tying up one’s vines with string or alternatively plastic. There turned out to be more to it than I had imagined. Funny thing is, making the right decision is quite important. Find the original blog here: "Vineyard 8 : The Ties of Retirement” https://thesummerhouseyears.com/vineyard-8-the-ties-of-retirement/ For more information, please contact Mr Summerhouse: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 minutes | 6 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 7
When you start a new venture there’s always a question about how much support and advice you seek from other people who have more expertise. In our case that’s everybody, but whether it is a good idea to join a professional organization to gain that help or just get it in a more casual, less exposing way - well only time will tell. In this chapter I report back on our first official vineyard owner’s meeting. Find the original blog here: "Vineyard 7 : Just one of the gang, at last?” https://thesummerhouseyears.com/vineyard-7-just-one-of-the-gang-at-last/ For more information, please contact Mr Summerhouse: email@example.com
8 minutes | 7 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 6
In this chapter we do have grapes – not many but a few. But they’re not anywhere near as memorable as my daughter’s reaction to her wildlife discoveries and her anthropomorphic view of our new vines. Find the original blog here "Vineyard 6 : In retirement we have grapes” https://thesummerhouseyears.com/we-have-grapes/ For more information, please contact Mr Summerhouse: firstname.lastname@example.org
7 minutes | 7 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 5
Chapter 5 sees me moving into somebody else’s vineyard. An established one of over 10,000 vines at that time. I’m trying to acquire some wine-making expertise should we ever get grapes of our own. We’ve a long way to go was the main lesson learned from the visit. Find the original blog here; "Vineyard 5 : "The Harvest" https://thesummerhouseyears.com/vineyard-5-the-harvest/ For more information, please contact Mr Summerhouse: email@example.com
8 minutes | 8 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 4
This is chapter 4 and we move deeper and deeper into the world of windbreaks. That's the ones we should have planted a year before putting in the vines. Instead they're more than a year behind the vines. Took quite a bit of research to decide what to plant. Quite a bit of reading and on-line study, as well as a visit to a friend who had already erected his version of artificial windbreaks. The whole thing turned out to be a lot more complicated than I had anticipated but then what's new? Find the original blog here "Vineyard 4 : Trapping Hill Vineyard : windbreaks" https://thesummerhouseyears.com/trapping-hill-vineyard-windbreaks/ For more information, please contact Mr Summerhouse: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 minutes | 8 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 3
This is the third chapter of The Vineyard Years Podcast and is about probably our number one enemy, namely the wind. Wind is the enemy of vines, as a fellow northern vineyard owner told me before we started. We didn’t listen of course but he was right. In future chapters we will tell you what we did about it. Find the original blog here "Vineyard 3 : Yes, we've got the wind up now....." https://thesummerhouseyears.com/yes-weve-got-the-wind-up-now For more information please contact email@example.com
9 minutes | 9 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 2
This is chapter 2 of The Vineyard Years Podcast. Recollection can sometimes be faulty and there is a correction statement explaining the true origin of the vineyard. For the sadists among you it details more reasons not to be cheerful and why nobody in their right mind would plant a vineyard where we have. It also describes some of our early preparations. Find the original blog here "Vineyard 2 : Yes, we are planting vines ....." https://thesummerhouseyears.com/yes-we-are-planting-vines-no-they-probably-wont-grow-yes-we-are-mad/ For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
12 minutes | 10 months ago
Vineyard Years Podcast Chapter 1
This is the very first podcast in the series of The Vineyard Years. It’s taken from the book (available as an e-book and a paperback from Amazon) which describes the on-going process over 7 years (so far) of establishing a vineyard in North Yorkshire. This episode describes how it all began and why the vineyard is where it is and why it probably shouldn’t be! Find the original blog here: "Vineyard 1: Why in God's name.........." https://thesummerhouseyears.com/why-in-gods-name-would-you-plant-a-vineyard-there/ For more information please contact email@example.com
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