First week of Woofing
Mangatawhiri Travel Blog› entry 4 of 15 › view all entries
April 23rd, 2007 – by: viviane_broceliande
So I got AWAY from auckland to one of the most beautiful places ever, Mangatawhiri, specifically the Te Maramaura vineyard.
I am here with a couple from France, and today we finished harvesting the grapes for the Shiraz wine. My god do those grapes taste good off the wine! Perfect days for harvesting, not to hot, not to cold. To celebrate our completion we had champagne. And tonight the hosts are making us pizza! Only un-fun part of harvesting grapes (eg clipping them off the vines) was that the last two vines were covered in Bees. I mean REALLY covered. To get at the grapes you have to rip up these huges nets (that keep the most of the birds out) and hundred of bees would come pouring out towards your face. I keep a very zen state of mind will clipping grape clusters that had 6 or 7 bees on them, thinking very un-threatening thoughts. Must have worked because I didnt get stung (even though they crawled on my face a few times, icky) while both the Hosts did. Got to hear some fun explitives from Andrew when the bee stung his hand while he was lifting an intensely heavy grape seperator. That could have been nasty.
Basically I am sleeping in a big comfy bed, drinking excellent wine, eating well, playing with a litter of ten puppies, and reading interesting books.
The hosts were also kind enough to take me down to the Miranda Shorebird centre, which is the reason I wanted to go in that direction anyways. I saw Many hundreds of Wrybills (SQUEAL!) A white heron, turnstone, grey plover, grey duck (or was it black duck, i cant remember) little black shag, Bar-Tailed Godwits, Black and Red Billed Gulls, Caspian Terns, Black Swans, Pied Stilts and a few more, but those were the highlights. Unfortuneately the centre is basically a giant cow pasture along a huge estuary. Would be better without the cows, Im sure.
Hope everything is well with all of you, and count on my getting pictures out to you again!
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