Day 35 – Roll Out The Red Carpet

Posted on: March 30th, 2015 by
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The skies do change in a short time frame around the vineyard. Rain rain go away, we’ve got vines to plant today…well tomorrow any way!

Roll out the red carpet, it’s Wednesday!! The anticipated arrival day of the vines!   The pace has picked up and we are hustling.   Still lots to do before planting can start (T- minus 24 hours).

Papa & Nana have come a day early, and it’s a very welcomed sight.  Justin & Steph work to prepare the ice chests, wheelbarrow & trash cans (our vine holders) and gather up what’s needed to trim the roots. PapaW jumps in to help on the water and filling holes.  Nana gets a quick schooling in installing emitters and spaghetti lines.  What a fun time to be working side by side with family.  Very thankful we had good helpIMG_20140507_164531_399!

First thing this morning our rebar is delivered.  Hot diggety!  You may have read in an earlier post, this little (BIG) detail some how fell off the to-do list somewhere between page 4 and 29.  Yavapai Steel came through for us, cut it and delivered it to site.  They make staying local very easy to do so!

Mid morning – the vines arrive!!!  I’m still on my way up with the materials & kids.  “Yay!” …but there seems to be some pause on the other end of the phone.  Then follows: “Well…we just thought it’d be more that’s all.IMG_20140507_163739_810

So…1,500 bare root vines arrived in just 6 boxes. They are packed in wet sawdust, bundles of 20 in a plastic bag.  All this excitement building up to the arrival(it’s like Christmas) they arrive…and… “that’s it?” – 6 boxes of bundled twigs?  Let’s just say the first impression was a little bit of a let down (and it’s funny to see that it’s most people’s first impression).  Actually, within those 6 boxes are 1,500 impressive twigs with awesome super powers to produce amazing Cabernet Sauvignon in 3-4 years!  Positive thinking any way!

They arrived in perfect condition!!  All was well and what a relief.

It didn’t take long before the shock wore off and away we all went back to  preparing.  Nana and Steph took them out and put them in water.  Later we clipped the very bottom of the roots (both of those steps help the vines start to wake up). During this time we also looked closely for any that were damaged or showed signs of sickness.  We were happy with the stock we received – way to deliver UPS & Vintage Nurseries!IMG_20140507_163757_109

It has been rewarding and fun to build this project and watch it grow in the community.  We’ve had many stop in to inquire.  A few have stopped us at the local restaurants and the local hardware store.  It seems to be some small talk of the town, whether they think we’ll be a flop, interested from afar or love what we’re doing.   Even the UPS man has stopped to visit with us on it when he delivers.  It’s been fun to share with the communityIMG_20140507_163819_183.

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Professional spaghetti line installer!

The work on the vineyard drip system continued through the entire day, punching holes, installing spaghetti lines, flushing the filter out (which kept clogging with sand and decreasing the flow) and filling holes. IMG_20140507_164426_454

 

Mid day I arrived with the dogs, kids and the important gypsum and borax. The soil tests basically stated we have similar soils to the Wilcox area and it was in pretty good shape. IMG_20140507_164030_578 We decided to add some gypsum and borax to improve the balance, but basically it’s great soil!  The kids and I started right away down the rows, tossing handful of gypsum to each hole and soil surrounding it.  We were able to get about 3/4 across the field before the sun went down. IMG_20140507_164957_126

The arrival of the vines gave us a good laugh – as we all looked at each other with the thought… this just got real!  The land is nearly prepped, the vines are prepped and hopefully starting to wake up, the water is well on it’s way and we have rallied any warm interested bodies to help plant these little guys.

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Day 34 – Lull Before Storm.

Posted on: August 30th, 2014 by
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Isn’t it sooo pretty?!!! Can’t wait to see it planted!

It’s Tuesday (May 6th), Mom and big kids are gathering and finishing up all that is needed in the valley for planting.  Dad is working steadily to prepare for planting on site.  Our right hand lady SM is on her way up the mountain to give the lone soul a hand.  There’s still plenty to get done and we recognize that we have quite a few long days ahead of us.  Cheers – bring it on!  Vines arrive tomorrow, there is anticipation in the air!

DSC_0689Today is a little like the lull before the storm.  It’s the quiet time in the bee hive right before the kid whacks it with a bat!

We are still continuing to hang line, connecting, flushing & punching holes.  Trying to get holes filled with water and all prepped for planting.  Same thing for the last 4 days, but much like the drilling of the holes, one can only work so fast – 1,500 is a lot!

Looking forward to tomorrow!

Since today’s a short entry, maybe a good time to introduce a few of the characters you may have seen or will likely see in the pictures.

Meet Duke!

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Duke II. Think he’s good looking…should have seen his Dad!

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Duke and Wendy were hanging out with the kids keeping an eye on them.

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Dean is infatuated with Dusty Crophopper, he has it in his hand and runs through the field dragging his feet, pretending to be crop duster spraying the fields. Trusty Duke just follows close behind him. Occasionally they’ll stop and both lay down in the dirt to rest, lounging on each other…precious.

Throughout this vineyard process we have truly grown to appreciate him more than ever.  He has been Dean’s protector, watcher and buddy!  He has not let him get more than 50′ away and has been by his side as Dean discovers, plays, digs, and enjoys the freedoms of space, etc.  We’ve had two instances where someone stopped to inquire about what we were doing and both times we watched Duke stay between that person and Dean.  Quite amazing and an honest blessing to Dean and us.  Dogs can be amazing gifts.

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Duke thinks he owns the ranger, often times he won’t scoot over and ask me to get in the back! I had to force him in the back on this one.

Duke is a big dog, only 2 years old and these last 4 months he has stepped up to the role of protecting the farm and the kids.  Just to note – he is a little bit of a worry wart, and if left in the house he has proven he will break through (and break) the blinds and window screen to join the family (true storyx2).   Such a good boy (most days)!

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Justin was digging down to find out what was down there – no luck, but Duke was very concerned about the happenings.

 

You also may also catch a glimpse of Wendy.  She is our yellow lab…yes we have one of each color.  It just happened.

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They thought they were in trouble because I was trying to a picture of them all together. Same look they give when they get into the trash!

Her full name is Wendy I-Need-Love Wood…but that was too long for a tag, so we just call her Wendy Wood.  She is a great Mama, cuddlier & doesn’t roam so she gets a ton of praise when we’re out looking for the other two (uggh).

Timing is really a funny thing.  I should probably just include this so we don’t forget “all” that was going on during this “planting a vineyard” we committed to.  I admit I’m a little embarrassed because it does expose a bit of our craziness…Wendy had a litter of puppies during all of this…nine…count them…nine puppies Pongo!  So just picture it… back and forth all these trips… we are usually lugging around a litter of Labrador puppies (they need love too!).   Some may giggle and we do get a few head shakes of disbelief (I have both these symptoms every. single. day.)…these people are crazy!  Yes, we can’t argue that point.  We know.  :).

 

Life is a true gift, trying to make the most of it!

 

 

 

 

 


Day 33 – Fffwhoo!

Posted on: August 30th, 2014 by
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DSC_0683Yes Mam’ it’s Monday (May 5th)!!! Big kids and Mom left last night for the valley, so they can get to school and get the”real job” tasks out of the way, and pick up the laundry list of items needed for the week.

Dad and littlest are working as fast and hard as they can on the vineyard to prepare for the planting.  He stayed with Dad to “help” with the vineyard tasks (really the kid enjoys running 5+ miles a day and the vineyard is very conducive to that type of activity!).

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Not quite prepared for a First Day of Preschool…but Dad made due 😉 This picture is so stinkin’ adorable to me, it just reflects so much of what’s going on in our life right now.

Ms. K, the next door neighbor, kindly offered to have him over on Monday for his first day of Dewey Preschool!  We were very unprepared…but Dad pulled it off – it’s cute in a vineyard planting week sort of way!

Oh another ut-oh!!  I realized we(I) had not ordered the rebar…ughh. In the midst of all the details, that’s one minor…well  MAJOR task I(we) let fall through the cracks. With a quick phone call first thing at 8AM to Yavapai Steel….they have it in stock, can cut and have it delivered by Tuesday! Ta-DA!!!  Problem solved with a 5 minute phone call and a credit card ;)!   High five to Yavapai Steel today!! Their prices and customer service are far better any other steel place I called….and they are local (and saved my hinny)!

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Lines are almost all hung!

Fffwhoo that was a relief – steel is on it’s way, almost as if we never overlooked it in the first place! 🙂

Dad continues through the day hanging line, connecting the main lines, flushing lines, and tying off.  Then punching holes for emitters and filling holes.  Just keep on keepin’!

Monday is off to a great start!


Day 32 – It’s Just Good.

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by
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Stephanie hanging the drip line, tying it up with zip ties.

Like a ball rolling down hill…the momentum is building and there really is no stopping it now.  It’s Sunday the vines are expected to arrive on Wednesday (they are officially on the truck headed our way).  The plan is to start planting some on Thursday, then gear up and power through Friday and Saturday. We left Sunday (Mother’s Day) and Monday available in case it’s just a few of us lone souls out there planting.DSC_0677

Today we finalized our list of items needed to prepare for all that entails the “Planting” . This includes making sure we have water, beverages, meals, snacks, gloves, shade, sunscreen, hats, shovels, wire cutters, wire, a few extra golf carts/mules, enough beds, cups, etc, the list goes on and on.

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Mom and her baby ducklings hanging the drip lines!

In the spare moments (late evenings & lunch breaks)  Stephanie, Justin and I have been snipping away on spaghetti lines.  It’s the straw that takes the water from the emitter down into the carton and near the base of the vine.  We only need 1,500 about 30″ long….so I think we’ve got 3,750′ (2/3 mile) of line, approximately half way done.  Cut and bundle – cut and bundle – almost there!

Today, it’s another day of doing what needs to get done.  We continued to work on the field for planting preparation.   We hung the drip lines, flushed the lines, tested and tied off end.   By the end of today the first few lines had been punched for the emitters. The water was turned on and guess what????  It works!!!

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One of the sandier holes, we tried to mark a few for testing in the future. We thought it may be helpful to know in the event the vines struggle or excel.

One of the sandier holes, we tried to mark a few for testing in the future. We thought it may be helpful to know in the event the vines struggle or excel.

We ran the water on Row 1 and 2 filling up the holes . This allowed us to test the water pressure, main lines, trunk lines and drip lines (which worked like a charm! thanks to our vineyard engineer).  Running the water also provided insight to see which holes drained quickly and which ones filled quicker.  As you might guess, it pretty much followed suit with the sandier holes and the sandy fingers that spread through the vineyard that were noted when we were trenching and digging holes. We did mark a few of these so we can compare the growth with the loam soils in the future. (Our Science Project).

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The emitters have not been installed, we tapped the drip line and let it run to fill the holes quicker. Otherwise we’d be waiting til next spring with 1/2 gph emitters 🙂

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This is about what 90% of the holes look like – nice loamy soil rocky composition. Look forward to seeing what flavors are produced in the grapes!

It’s Sunday, the momentum is gaining, we can feel it – although we are working to ignore it by keeping our heads down to get the work done ;).  Today, I took a minute to look up.  I found the whole family working on various parts and fairly happy.  It was a sweet moment for me.  The fact we have water running through the vineyard has really caught the kids attention and lifted all of our spirits.

Today we had a breeze of gratification roll in as the holes were being filled with water.  Water to a new crop is so gratifying, I imagine it’s how a pilot feels on take off or landing OR a teacher when their student grasp a concept…it’s just good.


Day 31 – Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by
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Hard to capture the work of drilling 1,500 holes, but I guess you can imagine how boring it would be look at 1,500 pictures of hole drilling…that might reflect how much my brother loves us!

Today is Saturday – brother finished drilling all of the holes.  I am almost positive that if he were the dancing type he would have been doing the moon walk break dance after the last hole!  Yes, this turned out to be 3 days longer than first anticipated and it is monotonous work .  My brother showed his ornery side and drilled the last hole as far as the auger would go, which left a hole about 6-7′ deep.  He finished up, loaded up and was on the road in about 30 minutes.  It’s how he rolls and we love him for it!

DSC_0670We started rolling early this morning by installing the drip line, which starts by running the drip line down each row.  We brought the drip line up during our Spring Break trip, so it was great to have materials on site ready to go.

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Meet Jenny with her pvc additions, compliments of our vineyard engineer. As wobbly and simple as she may seem, she has joined us as an important player on the team!

On a side note – the cost of this project is adding up quickly.  While we have a budget, one goal is for the end product to be amazing and the cost to be under budget (ha! everyone goal right?).   So, when researching and purchasing materials, tools and equipment along each step of the project, we’ve tried to stay focused on costs vs. value.  Along the way, we’ve found that we’ve made some good buys and some that were unnecessary.  However, in the last two days we have recognized the value of the Jenny Wheel!  She is amazing and worth every penny times 100 that we paid for her (she was relatively cheap).   Meet Jenny!

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Every row needs a line. From the tracks you can see we’ve started to use the ranger to run the lines.

we also used Jenny to run the bottom wire and we’ll use her to run the top wires.  While Justin did have to modify her a bit to keep the line from getting tangled, she works like a charm.  Without her, our life would have been one great big ball of wire and drip line…and probably hours upon hours of frustration.   Oh thank you dear dear Jenny, we love how you roll (or unroll)!

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This is how we roll! All in a good day’s work!

After the lines were pulled through the field, we started to hang them.  This can be done a number of ways, we did it with zip ties, knowing we’ll have to replace in the future.  Note – the drip line is hung loosely so that as the vines get bigger we can move the drip out away from the vine to promote better root growth.

None of this is complicated, it’s fairly simple really, it just takes time.  Today just rolled on and we were able to get about 70% of the drip lines installed.  We did find out that we needed more connectors, because while we had enough line, we needed to splice some together.  So we set the last 1/4th of the drip installation on hold until we can pick up more material at the start of the week.  Not ideal and kind of put a little kink in our plans, but not the end of the world.

Good thing there’s plenty to do!

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ gee this project’s rollin’ – YIPpee!!

 


Day 30 – Towing The Line.

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by
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DSC_0626It’s Friday (5 days till vines arrive). Today brother continues to…you guessed it!!.. drill holes!  He is almost done. Justin had a set of headphones so at least Seth can listen to music now…I was starting to wonder if the alone time was getting to him!

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Kids towing the line!

Justin, the kids, and I worked this morning pulling wire. The bottom wire of each row needs to be installed, so we can hang the irrigation line.

If you look closely you can see the notches on the stakes.  The wire sits nicely in the notches.  Oh and all the little decisions that need to be made, such as “which side of the stake do we put the wire?”.  We put the wire on the west side.  Our reasoning is structural support, because the prevailing winds come out of the west southwest.

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Of course they raced while they pulled the line! Which for the work part of it worked out great!

After we got the first few rows figured out, we worked out a pretty good system.   Justin would stay on the north end and run the wire reel, the kids would pull the wire to the other end, I would thread the grip tube and tie it off on the south post, then Justin would install the rachet on the line and tighten it up, and the kids would set the line in the notches on the way back up the field.  It worked pretty slick.

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They took turns pulling the line and some had more energy than other! But you can see we don’t age discriminate!

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Tightening the line and getting it set.

The bottom wire installation only took a few hours, which helped us make up some time.  We need to get the holes filled with water prior to planting and have enough time to observe the drainage and have them dry out some… lots to do but it’s starting to come together!

 

 


Day 29 – Serious Gopher Work

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by
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View from neighbors hill that gives the number of holes a better perspective.

It’s Thursday (6 days until the vines are delivered).  Today Justin is on his way up.  I’m on my way down and in the meantime Seth continues to work his little heart out on the bobcat drilling holes.

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Each hole is drilled, dirt dumped and sometimes drilled down again because it didn’t pull enough dirt out.

There are a number of ways and thoughts on installing production vineyards. Some dig trenches prior to installing the stakes to add the soil amendments and insure proper drainage and root growth. Some don’t do anything at all, but dig a hole and drop the vine in the ground.

So why drill the holes?

1. The foremost reason to drill the holes is just from the simple standpoint that 1,500 holes is a lot of hand labor (that is hard to come by). Early on my brother took an official stance that he would help, but he would NOT dig by hand…see what he gets himself into without knowing it 😉

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We can see where the natural or historical washes ran through the property from the sand and rock in the pilings – kinda cool! (and we noted for future monitoring of those plants).

2. Once we start the planting, the holes will be one less step and will help with efficiencies of the planting days (we hope). It is one more step we can get taken care of before the vines arrive.

3. We need to add soil amendments and can do that in the holes and fill dirt. We disked but we did not rip the field, so the holes also help encourage drainage and downward root growth (in theory).

4. Once the drip system is installed (prior to planting and after the holes are drilled) we can run the water from the drip system to fill the holes. This allows us see it in action, the flow rate, fix any mechanic problems all prior to having 1,500 baby vines in the ground. A little trial run to help improve the success rate. (reducing some risk again).

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This is from the southwest corner looking northeast along the field.

In the planning stages we had some discussion about whether drilling the holes was necessary or whether it would be just as efficient to shovel as we started planting. In fact we had an initial disagreement when we were planning as to what was needed. Today we’d both say “Are you kidding me?! Of course these holes need to be pre drilled and 1,500 of them to boot!”

Now that’s some serious gopher work!


Day 26.27.28 – Giddy Up!

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by
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As the planting time draws near there are many details and various tasks being taken care and it’s hard to keep track of what happened when and where.  I’m doing my best to write these down (but I do forget a few things from time to time).  Hopefully it’s worth sharing to give a sense of the activity, events, time and commitment it takes to put in this vineyard!

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At one point we used plastic forks, knifes and spoons as markers, they’re cheap way to mark the planting spots. But we found with our winds it was more of a mess than a tool. This is Tate after he chased plastic ware through the field.

Alright – so we are predilling the holes.  Now how will the operator know where to drill and what’s the fastest way to get it done?  Well, some installation crews use forks.  We tried that earlier and considered it, but it made a mess and we weren’t planning on having extra labor to have each one removed prior to drilling.  We discussed pulling a line with markers, but that would require additional labor at the time of drilling.  Justin suggested eye-balling and the Project Manager scratched that.

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The spots!

In the end we decided painting the spots would be the best way.  We probably knew, in the beginning, this was the best option, but again 1,500 spots, that’s a lot to paint, so we had to run through a few other options to make sure there wasn’t an easier way.  Nope. None.  So we start marking each of the 1,500 spots.

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Justin giving our measuring stick/jig his approval!

So we agreed to the marking paint, but then came the next question of consistency?  At first we were using a tape measure, but that was far too slow or I was far too impatient (I strive for efficiency – most days!). .  Then we used a pvc pipe, measured out the distance of every 6′, marked the pipe and added an elbow to latch on to the stake.  I still think there’s an easier way – but I suppose what we came up with worked.  This will be an area that we hopefully improve upon in the next planting.

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This was a great job for Riley, Tate and Dean. Throughout the days each of them spent time helping me move the pipe along.

We started the spot spraying Sunday evening about the time Justin got the sprinklers working (noted in Knick Knack post).  The kids and I worked our way from west to east across the south end of the field, until it was too dark.  We got maybe 100 or so holes marked.  That would get him started!

Then when we delivered the part to Seth, I realized he decided to work south to north, so we started marking the spots again all Wednesday morning and afternoon.  Before we left Thursday morning we had about 3/4 of the field done – enough to allow some time back at the office – before Seth catches up to the marks.

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Dean got to help the most since the other kids were in school on Wednesday.

Everyone got their shot at marking.  Dean was all about it and quickly got the hang of it.  The only problem is we’d set the stick down and when I went to go paint, he would already be moving the stick to the next area.  Riley was pretty good at the painting…so we tag teamed it, she marked 1 spot, while I did 2 and it worked out pretty well.  Tate was a bit of a perfectionist and had the have the elbow exactly up against the stake…until he got tired and then it didn’t matter :).  Sweet moments for me to see each of their personalities play out in their work.

WATER & SOIL.   It’s been on the To Do List for many months now to formulate the water & soils analysis…but in typical fashion…the Project Manager works better under pressure!!!

WATER:  Survey Says…Water = Excellent.  This can be a double edged knife.  At times you would like certain elements to be high for nutrition sake, but of course you don’t want the bad stuff high.  All in all we are very very happy with the water results.  300 ppm, calcium good, arsenic levels far below acceptable, no floride, just really good water.  Saweet!  Only one itty bitty problem…I didn’t get it tested for irrigation/vine results, only drinking water, so I need to have it tested again – ahh live and learn!

SOIL:  I had dropped off samples many months ago, but didn’t follow up on the results.  I figured since I was dropping the water off I may as well see if I can visit with the tech on the soils test at the same time.  The soils component/science around the growing, watering, vines, wine, region intrigues me… and quite honestly it has quite a bit to do with many future decisions.  So Thursday morning on my way back down the hill I dropped the water off for testing and visited with the soils tech.  ****So glad I did.  What I learned in the 30 minutes she spent with me is worth it’s weight in gold.  It was one of those times when you look back and you’re glad you relied upon your instinct to spend a little extra time on something.  Good news is soils are well suited for vines and pretty much mirror other vine growing regions in Arizona.

Giddy-up we’re on our way!

 

 

 


Day 28 – 1500 Reality Check.

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by
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It’s Wednesday (I week from when vines arrive) and this morning baby brother was at it early drilling hole after hole after hole…equipment running and 1,486 to go!

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Small gopher problem?? Four hours of work and 130+ holes drilled.

Today, he was able to get two rows done by lunch.  Seems like great progress!  That’s close to 130 holes.  Around noon we stopped to get some lunch.  Our lunch conversation went something like this:

He said “You know I’ve had plenty of time to think as I’ve sat on the bobcat this morning…”

Me: “Yes, I suppose you have.”

He said: “I’ve figured out it takes me close to 1-2 minutes per hole to drill.  That’s about 1-2 hours per row or 60+ minutes for every 60 holes – IF I don’t stop for anything.”

Me: “hmmmm sounds about right..”

He said: “Soooo… I don’t think we figured this out right.  You’ve got 22 rows, 1,500 holes,  that’s about 35-45 hours… I’m REALLY starting to think we were a little off on the 2-3 days thing.” (he said this a little sarcastically and maybe slightly deflated – poor guy).

Me: “hmmm…yes I suppose so… I guess it might have helped to actually calculate that out huh?”

He said: “Yeah 1,500 holes is a lot, it’s just a lot of damn holes.”

Me (slightly awkward guilt): “Yes it is.”

I share this conversation because as we continue to work more on the individual vines, whether it’s the holes, rebar, vines, cartons, drip, planting, maintenance, management, replacement, etc…the 1,500 number is starting to really hit home – it’s ALOT!  It really becomes obvious when you’re working as hard as you can, no breaks, one right after the other, and there is no way to really expedite the process, just one right after the other…and it takes 4-5 days just to drill the holes… just – to – drill- the – holes….

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Progress before lunch!

Trying not to let the size of the project get to us…but it’s sinking in – eeek.

 

 

 


Day 27 – Saweet Dear Brother.

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by
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It’s Tuesday!!  Today my brother headed out to drill the vine holes with bobcat in tow.  I am laughing a little as I write this, just thinking of our naïve thoughts on how long it may take to punch or drill 1,500 holes.  Today he headed out anticipating that it would take 2 days… 3 AT THE MOST to get the job done.  We never thought to stop and calculate it – I guess we’re usually pretty good at estimating?  Usually.

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Started on the west side of the property with Rows 1 & 2 working left – right.

 

He arrived early morning to get started and got about 13 to 14 holes drilled when a hydraulic hose thing-a-ma-jigger started leaking.  No choice but to fix it since it would be a long couple of days with constant hydraulic splatter.  So off he goes, surely there is a place with bobcat/hydraulic parts somewhere in the greater Prescott metroplex?  Surely?  After striking out with the common establishments, he went to the heavy construction dealers, their service departments, a number of one man shops…nothing.  Really?  Maybe we should be considering a Bobcat dealer instead of a vineyard?!

After chasing a part all day, it turns out the part he needs is about 5 miles up the road from our farm (100 miles from him).  I give him a ton of credit for his patience and attitude, just another day for him.   For ease of part/need explanation he had my other brother picked it up (smart boys), who then handed it off to me and away we went to deliver the part.  I arrived about 6:30 with part in hand to find him sitting on his tailgate with his dog Missy.  Later on I find out he had weeded all around the house & courtyard, cleaned up the creek, tested out the 4wd on Ranger 😉 and had dinner made… just waiting on me.  Saaweet dear brother!

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Sether’s tackled the weeds and trash pick up in creek while waiting on the part…that my friends is called hard working boredom.

He grabbed the part, took about 10 minutes…heck maybe 5 minutes to fix the bob cat, started it up and parked it so it is ready for tomorrow.

Lucky be me – to have such wonderful brothers!  I don’t always enjoy the cantankerous, opinionated and hackling of each other (or keeping each other in check)…well maybe some days I do – but I always appreciate that I’m guaranteed they’ll do the right thing, work hard and we’re always there for each other.  We are who we are.  I’m a lucky sister for sure!

AND…..Day 27 ended with about 14 holes dug (small round of applause).  Only 1486 more to go.