|Goats watching pickers in vines (small white specks!)|
Donald says that this always happens: a crisis in harvest! You need to get the grapes out quickly: the winemaker wants them up by noon.
Ramon gets a call at 5:00 am from the foreman of the crew. Only five pickers can come, half the number we need. Ramon makes calls.
|Donald and our helpful neighbor, Jerry, unload grapes|
One and two men arrive at a time, join the rest. Our neighbor Jerry helps by driving the tractor so Ramon can pick. By 8:00 am we have the number of men we need.
Across the road our neighbor’s pickers yell in Spanish, fruit bins bang, tractors pull wagons of fruit. So much adrenalin! The weather forecasts a significant storm next week, and the white grapes are vulnerable. There is a feeling of anxiety and excitement everywhere!