The new week started back in the vineyard bending & tying the vines. It's an ugly job because it's impossible to decide whether it is trying or relaxing, boring or simply peaceful, mind deadening or allowing time to think. In any case, the truth is that the wine is made in the vineyard: as go the grapes so goes the wine. So, as I will find the grapes in the wine canteen at harvest to have them in the best state possible it is better that I have the plants exactly as I want them. A problem with being outside all day, tying up the vines, is that once you get something in your head it can be very difficult to get it out. Today I suffered somewhat with the question of whether I should buy an automatic vine tier-upper or put it off until next year. On the one hand I know that it would have probably increased my speed by a third. But on the other we have our spending priorities set out for this year & the tier-upper is not one of them.
By the end of last week we had finished loading the photos that we wanted to the various galleries, slide shows etc. on the new photos page. The problem is that we don’t have a broadband connection here so it’s pretty much impossible to view what we have done. I hope, though, that the photos are interesting & pleasurable to watch &, for those who have not yet been to La Faula, they give an accurate idea of what the place is like.
Now that the daily photos, & many others, have migrate to the photos page the question is what to put in "La Faula Today" to make it interesting. The diary is pretty boring so probably won’t do. So, the BBC has kindly agreed to let me copy from their web-site reports on Italy & I will load these under some icon or another next to "A Dog’s Tale" (which I must remind myself to continue!). For people interested in Italy & what’s going on here this should be a useful summary of noteworthy developments, at least from a foreign perspective!
The website never seems to stop developing. The experience is like that of water running down-hill. At the point at which it arrives it finds new points of departure & so proceeds on its own path in a thoroughly unpredictable way. The website is the same. When you make some addition or change only then do you realise that some other avenue or function has opened to be exploited & used & so the site is changing constantly. The only problem is that it costs both in money & time. The key thing is the time needed to plan in the abstract what it is that one wants before it ever gets to the realisation stage. The money goes but one hopes that it will at least come back if the site does its job of attracting new customers.