These last summer and harvest months have seen lots of volunteers here at Fynbos as well as various friends and friends of friends lending a hand.
|Leon and Leena|
|Leena's Painted Signs|
|Leon Busy With Woodwork|
|Leon and Doubt - Bar Duty Fynbos Weddings|
|Leena Hiking Paardeberg Mountain|
Soon after they left came the harvest contingent which this year were all three Canadians. Alex with some wine making behind him, wanted to learn more about natural wine making, and Courtney and Tristan sort of landed here at winemaking time not realising quite what or how much it entailed. The three of them, wherever possible, took the Honda off wine tasting and adventuring around the Cape. Needless to say they all three worked exceedingly hard on bottling and labelling and processing the grapes as they came in.
|Alex Looking Dapper in the Vineyard|
|Discussions in the Vineyards|
|The Canadian Team Labelling|
|Time for a Glass of Wine next to the Pool|
|Tristan Punching Down Ferments|
|Tristan and Courtney Labelling with Doubt|
|Courtney on the Bottling Line|
|Alex and Courtney with Priscilla|
Apart from these `official’ volunteers so to speak, there were lots of other helpers here over the time. Our God daughter Sophie, a student of photographic design in New York, visited for 3 weeks and took wonderful pictures of the farm for marketing. For some of this time she was joined by her boyfriend Nick, also Canadian, who found himself pressed into services of all kinds. He brought his drone which made for some great videos. Gosia, a family friend, visited making us laugh a lot, helping Johan in the kitchen, and then helping me with the drinking of Gin and Tonic. And Gerry and Sven came and went helping especially with functions.
|Sophie and Nick|
|Nick and Doubt Labelling|
|Sven & Gerry|
|Gosia Sad to Leave|
|Gosia out with Diana|
As is usual each year Andy and Becky were here for the harvest, no longer volunteers, but directing the winemaking volunteers, and of course joining in with the general hubbub and the late suppers and wine-drinking after the day was done.
|Andy and Becky|
All in all it was a lively and rich time. Thanks to all of you who have helped us so much. You are much appreciated.