You are due for a bit of an update: Fish pen arts and crafts first. My two neighbours have been busy reconfiguring large chunks of steel into slightly different large chunks of steel and progress is being made. Soon, they will have large chunks of differently configured steel. They are geniuses, they are.
I have been busy turning small chunks of steel into even smaller chunks and now I have a small chunk of steel to show for it. I, too, am a genius. On a smaller scale, of course.
Don’t think for a minute that any of this was easy.
We are all very proud.
On to the topic of wood: Sal and I will soon turn our hand to bringing up some logs from the beach again. Yes, we have two years of wood in the shed and a few still-whole third-year logs already up waiting in line but we can’t help ourselves. See log. Get log. Haul log. It’s a reflex action now. If this keeps up, we’ll be awash in the damn things.
And boats: I cut my boat in half last week. Went in to check out the damage. The boat is almost 30 years old and it felt ‘heavy’. It just didn’t zoom like a 17 footer should, ya know? I figured it must have been waterlogged. I was gonna cut it apart, fix any water problems and stick it back together. The problem was there was nothing wrong. The boat is fine. Just heavy. Like 1400 pounds heavy!
It seems that the ‘lay-up’ the fiber-glassers employed 30 years ago was very, very substantial. They used twice the material they use today. So, it is heavy because it is heavy. I’ll stick it back together. And it still won’t zoom. Damn!
And, finally, wine: We have accumulated 95% of what we need to make our own wine. And so we will likely get on with that. Soon, I am sure.
But I can’t help but think that we will fail at it. Not because we are stupid. No, our previous track record with wood, steel and boats gives us the needed confidence in that regard. But, you see, we got most of our equipment together by getting it handed to us for free or exceedingly cheaply by people who couldn’t seem to get rid of it fast enough. Methinks this wine-making thing is a phase that all people go through with the emphasis on the word ‘through’. They do it. Then they stop doing it. And they never go back to doing it despite drinking more heavily as a result.
There has to be a reason.
To be fair, the generally abysmal product usually produced by making wine at home from kits is likely the main reason people quit and I am sure that inevitable result will play a factor in our eventual decision to stay the must. But I think it is more than that.
We have a pretty high tolerance for swill. It will have to be just a smidge worse than Balsamic vinegar for us to refuse to imbibe the fruits of our labours. No, I think it is something else other than taste.
I don’t know what it is but I will make this prediction: anyone wanting a full wine-making set-up (with maybe some free vinegar thrown in) should take note of my e-mail address and be sure to call in, say, two years. That seems to be the lifespan of the average swill-maker. And we are average if nothing else.
Hmmmmmmmm……..maybe the answer is right in front of me? We should be getting into making vinegar!