The weather has continued warm and dry to this point, although we are expecting a few days of rain starting tomorrow. At least I will be able to stop watering the garden. We have had a steady stream of visitors through September and into October, the last two weeks have been visitor free, so we have now covered the pool for the winter.

The new motorway tolls are due to start in the near future, and I have no doubt this will restrict our use to essential journeys only. We paid another visit to Porto, when some friends returned to the U.K., and this time we visited Taylor’s. We have now been to about half a dozen of the Port houses, and have found each one a little different, with much of interest to see and of course samples to try.

With a lot of help from our neighbours, we have bottled last year’s wine, picked, crushed and made this year’s wine, and had our aguardente made.

Grape harvest
Harvest lunch
Treading the grapes
Porto
Porto from the rail bridge
On the rail bridge
Wine-making
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