I learned something very interesting today, that I read in our city newspaper. The vineyard on the hill across the city, that we see from our window, is harvesting grapes now. Apparently, it’s very early for this, but the September rains have pushed things ahead, and they are ripe. There were April frosts which killed many of the young buds, but in consequence and because of the perfect circumstances apart from the incidence of the late frost, this year’s crop has given grapes that produce vintage-quality wines. It doesn’t matter that the yield is only 50% of last year’s because these are the best of the best. Because there was less fruit, the plants could put all their energy into the fruit that remained. Isn’t that wonderful and fascinating!
Feel free to turn that into a metaphor for cutting out of our own lives things that spread our energy thin and instead investing in and developing a smaller number of things but to a more excellent degree. If you’re into that sort of thing.
We took a walk through the vineyards and the forest on the hill about a month ago. After some hot weather, it had turned out to be an ideal day. It was sunny yet cool, and we were energized and spent hours rolling and hiking up and down hills and through the paths.
What a beautiful day for photos!
This is the Panorama Terrasse, where we were able to get a spectacular view of Fellbach and the surrounding area.
It was a good uphill walk to get there and a fun spot to sit, with tall tables for standing at and, probably, having some wine. Or you can stand on them and get a better view …. just saying that’s also a possible use.
And, okay, I know I said at the beginning that it was sunny. It just got a bit cloudier as the afternoon went on. But the sun peaked out now and again.
This was pretty much at the top of the hill, and I was excited and content to be able to experience this with Michael. I’d come here in February by myself, but it was much nicer in the summer and with my hubby. Aww, so sappy.
It’s so fun to take a selfie with a DSLR camera. Have you tried it? It’s the old-school way, when you don’t have a tripod.
And these lovely paths led us to fairytale, picturesque scenes. I love the green! We have had so much rain this year, that it was only dryish for maybe a few weeks. Otherwise, green has reigned supreme.
And I’m pretty sure this leaf is diseased, but it sure is beautiful!
I’m thinking fondly of the sunny and warm summer.
Love from the currently-rainy-and-cold Germany,