Archive for April, 2013

Delights of Autumn

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

Autumn is a beautiful time at She-Oak Hill.  As the vines gently work  to store carbohydrate reserves in their canes and trunks before losing their leaves and becoming dormant for 3 months, we can relax and enjoy the bright sunshine and mild conditions during the day. In the evenings  the clear skies provide a wondrous display of planets and stars, never seen in the city where urban lights pollute the night sky. In fact the  Astronomical Society of Victoria have a Dark Sky Site at Heathcote which members of the public can visit twice a year

So far this year we have barely needed to light the wood stove but as winter approaches the Nectre baker’s oven will provide comforting warmth and be the center of activity as I prepare slow cooked meals, ox tail and lamb shanks are favorites, and hearty soups.

Our olives are ripening and the vegetable patch is being prepared for winter planting. The nets have come down from the orchard of peach, nectarine and apricot trees and the fruit in the citrus grove is beginning to color.

We have time now to invite friends for picnics and meals, purchasing most of the ingredients from local farmers markets and enjoying the rewards of the labor of  our market friends with a glass or two of our own wine.

How satisfying and emotionally nourishing this is.  Should you be in the Heathcote wine region during the next few months give us a call, we would be happy for you to visit  and share this  delightful time with us.

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