Finally, we can slow down and enjoy long evening walks in the vineyards again.
We saw the tender young vine shoots emerge from hard gnarly old stumps, the air was still cold then and no sign of spring yet.
When next we looked, the vineyards were vivid with fresh green and the promise of summer- now grapes hang in tight bouncy little bunches.
The labourers started their summer gardens, neat patches outside their cottages, onions sourced from Grabouw, mielies, beans, pumpkins, all watered every evening.
Watching their vegetables grow is just a little humiliating for the average gardener - we're still proudly nursing our tiny spinach and tomato plants, whilst their patches grow effortlessly with wild abandon.......it must be the soil?