It is a 10min walk from one of our vineyard bits (the „Drei Stueckerl“, three pieces) to the other and there is no circus trapeze set up on the way. Normally, that is.
The parrots were with us last weekend and nothing is normal with them. I find trapeze acts breath-taking to watch, one minute he or she is upright above the bar, the next minute hanging upside down from the bar.
For parrots, the manoeuvre is less out-of-the-ordinary, they do it all the time. They sit on our finger and the next minute they hang upside down, looking at the ground. The manoeuvre sends a clear message: ‚I am bored and the soil down there contains all the interesting bits I want to nibble on.‘
This was Erbse’s message during the 10 minute walk last weekend, from Bacchus to the Small Silvaner. For us, the work needs to be done in the vineyards and not spent walking in between. Once Erbse „takes the lead“, the 10min walk can easily extend to an hour, if you picture every little stone being massively attractive to him. Every single stone being rolled round the beak and spat out again, as the next one looks even more attractive.
That’s why, in this picture, he was picked up again. The attraction of Nick’s jacket lasted a few minutes, before a next attempt at a trapeze act. We did make it to the Small Silvaner eventually. For those more into the science of the vines than the science of trapeze moves by birds, we are deciding on a different regime as to how we treat the growth of weeds and the growth of the vines themselves. In short, we don’t want the plants to „push“ that much, so as to catch the mould. In short, it could look messy: The plant may push less, if we don’t trim it back. There’s also the option of putting down mats between vines, to stop weeds from coming up.
There’ll be pictures.