Sunday, 28 September 2008

Autumn is here

The nights sure are starting to get very chilly, but the days are lovely. Sad to see the end of summer and all the leaves turning. It is a beautiful time of year but it does not seem that we really had much summer this year.

The grape harvest has started and yesterday they were picking in the vineyard opposite us so I took a few photos that I thought would be interesting to those that have never seen it before.

The machine straddles the vines and works up and down the rows picking the grapes. The grapes land on a conveyor belt which takes them up to the top of the machine and drops them in the storage bins.

The tractors and trailers wait nearby and as the bins fill up they are emptied into the trailers, which then swiftly take them back to where the grapes are being processesd. This is sometimes the owners chateau or with others to the local coop.

A bit more weaving

It seems a while since I have posted any weaving pics but I have been busy trying to build up a stock for my Etsy shop , so you can see what I have been doing by clicking on Aquitaine Weaver, in the Etsy link to the side of the blog.

I also have woven a cashmere scarf for a present which turned out well. It was done on 16 shafts and in three colours in a colour and weave star pattern. I found the pattern on and then adapted it for 16 shafts. The texture was lovely so I think I will do it again but in different colours and maybe a different yarn.