September has arrived and so has fall. We have had some great warm and beautiful days. It is as if summer finally arrived. We have enjoyed it and been out as much as possible. And to make it perfect, the nights have been cool.
I started a new campaign; I decided I should walk at least 20 minutes each day. With the great weather it has been an easy promise to keep. Most days my walk is 40 minutes to an hour. The big question is what will happen when the winter rain starts!!! I am a fair weather sports type; any bad weather and I am in the house.
On to other things. The vendange (grape harvest) started about a week ago. Many of the vinergons (grape-growers) are done, but not all. There are still grapes on the vines in the back of our house ( Update : 23rd of Sept, they are harvesting the vines at the back of our house).
|Bins on the truck filling up with grapes|
|Adding more grapes|
|Working on a foggy morning|
|picking grapes...up on the hillside is the pricey wine -Grand Cru|
|Vineyard tractor going to pick up bins of picked grapes|
|returning to pick more after a little break-very HOT day-80° +|
|Beautiful old vine before the grapes were picked|
|Size of Pinot Noir grapes...(regular card)|
|Looking down over Gevrey|
|More fall color from Gevrey|
|I think they are beautiful|
|Backyard the morning of the 23rd sept|
|They pick these grapes by hand. Wine is "Gevrey Chambertin Village"|
The weekend of the 20th to the 21st was the "Journee de Patrimoine" (day of heritage) here in France. Historic places are open to the public. It is up to each city or village to decide what they want to open ( or sometimes the owner of a château...). This year Gevrey did not have anything on the list? Not sure why.
But there were churches open, chateaux open, and other places all over France, and some that are only open on this one weekend. I really enjoy the idea. But to be honest, it rained on Sunday and we did not go out to explore. We have seen many of the points of interest in this area. Next year we will go and see something, there is always next year.
Because of the dry weather, mushrooms were scarce. Some finally came up after a night of rain. Now that we have had a bit more rain, more fall mushrooms should appear. But that does not mean that I have not been in the woods...here are some photos of the woods and open spaces from different walks.
|colors a bit odd? Chateau de Gevrey|
|Chateau de Brochon|
|panoramic-some vineyards of Gevrey|
|Played with the color of this photo|
|original color with only one dog|
|Very tiny mushroom.not even 1/2 inch|
|another flower- I think it is Onagre or Evening Primrose|
This one is wild
|end of the season and seeds ready to fly|
|Last pollen of the season too|
|leaving Ruelle-Vergy, foggy morning|
|another Gevrey vineyard, some fog in the hills|
|OK not on the walk, it is in my garden|
|a little quiet road|
Keith gave up a bike I always called "Golden Boy". It was a gold Schwin city bike. After about 20 years, it needed repairs. So repair or buy a new bike??...New bike won.
|GOOD BYE TO GOLDEN BOY|
|last of the garden...such wonderful abundance this year|
- 900g Multi-coloured small/cherry tomatoes, chopped in half (leave a few tiny ones whole)
- 90g Sultanas
- 350g Red onions, chopped
- 225g Light Muscovado Sugar
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1 large red chili, finely chopped ( I used cayenne pepper and chili flakes instead - red pepper here is very inconsistent)...add chili to your taste
- 200ml White wine vinegar - I used apple cider vinegar
- 100ml Red wine vinegar -I used apple cider vinegar with a splash of red wine