The weather improved a little and everyone in the village has been out grape-picking. We helped at one of the large vineyards in Silvares, and as usual were rewarded, along with about 50 others, with a large enjoyable lunch. We also helped our neighbours, and eventually got round to picking our own. The grapes have been collected, crushed into a large container, trodden by Lynn, and are now quietly fermenting in a stainless steel container. We produced about 225 litres, so if it is any good our guests and friends will benefit next year. Last week-end we spent two days helping Hugh and Jane with their bottling, in all we did about 3000 bottles.