August 27, 2011

my boppy's vineyard

My grandparent's are movers: they like to do things; plant things; create things. My family talks about the many roadtrips my grandparents have taken, and every year, we head up to Woodland. We're seeped in traditions and our whole family is filled with a passion for creating. One of my grandpa's newest projects (by new, I mean in the last couple of years) is his vinyard.
He has four rows of grape vines and several different varieties. I've tasted a few, and while the grapes aren't ready yet (sour in your mouth), they're sweet and have a good flavor. He has several varieties, but my favorites are the small purple ones (for lack of the technical name).

The grapes were only long rows linked by string holding small little sticks when he planted them. I remember clearly when I first saw them -- we walked out to the back and ambled around some apple trees while angling towards his vineyard. The grape plants were little and I remember wondering if they'd ever be large enough to eat from. I asked him, "so they'll really be grapes?" and he said, "oh, yes." We talked about grapes and plants and he told me about growing things. For some reason, hearing about the earth and why things grew and how best to grow them thrilled me. Perhaps it was because my boppy loves that sort of thing and it's hard to not love it with him around.


I can't explain what it is about my grandpa that makes you excited about life. I've spent many days picking peas or cutting apples from his orchard while listening to him tell stories from when he was young. He's full of facts and info and advice on nearly everything -- gardening, growing, building, and making a mean plate of sausage for breakfast. I love him and my grandma so much.

I'm excited for when the grapes are fully grown and ripe for picking. The vineyard is now tall and leafy and another project that has been completed. And now, I can't wait to hear what the next one will be.

25 comments :

  1. oh, i love this. how sweet & how blessed you are to have awesome grandparents! mine are the same. my grandpa is eighty yet he still learns english from a little chinese-english dictionary.

    love,
    guinevere

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  2. What a beautiful vineyard! It looks peaceful yet almost...enchanted, I guess you could say. Very neat project!

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  3. I love that first picture!

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  4. Lovely! You're so lucky your grandparents own a vineyard! I've never been on one before.

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  5. My grandpa is similar. (on my dads side.) He's not too much of a gardener, but he was a teacher. He taught History, Social Studies, Drivers Ed, and coached a lot of basketball.
    Im a lover of History, because of him. He knows a lot, so when he's out of stories to tell us about when he's younger, he launches into some tale of the past. He knows the "behind the scenes" stories of when he was young and the things that didnt ge recorded in a history book in the 40-70s. I love it.
    When hes driving, he points out what others are doing and corrects it. We learn so much from him!
    I love him lots:)

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  6. sooo pretty and whimsical. :)))

    xx,
    Bleah

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  7. those look great! not sure why, but grapes seem to be quite photogenic :)
    ~Simi

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  8. These are such beautiful shots.

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  9. So gorgeous! I love these shots, especially the first one! I love the stories about your grandpa! I remember when I was little, I always begged my grandpa to read books to me. I was probably only 6 or 7, but I still remember it so clearly. I love my grandparents, too!! (:

    ♥ Kailyn

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  10. Vineyards have such a robust, Italian feeling to me :)

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  11. Love this and the pictures...such a fan of the beauty of vineyards!

    Liesl :)

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  12. Absolutely beautiful.

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  13. What a place! And what a grandpa. He sounds a lot like mine. Have a great weekend Hannah! :)

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  14. your grandpa sounds amazing.

    mine is like that too. so engrossed with things that grow, and so in love with life and nature and the King of the universe.

    what wonderful memories you will have.

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  15. your boppy sounds incredible. he reminds me of my grampy. so passionate, and 'makes you excited about life', as you said.

    the vineyard is absolutely beautiful, a work of art. what a special thing to have.

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  16. "Boppy"? How cute!

    He sounds like an amazing granddad.

    The photos are beautiful too!

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  17. what a special place!

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  18. Your grandparents own a vineyard? That's so juicy sweet!

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  19. Absolutely beautiful pics! Great work.

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  20. truly gorgeous photos

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  21. We started a vineyard two years ago. Both years we have lost all our grapes but they are still young so we're keeping on and can't wait until they finally yield something. :)

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  22. Homegrown is always so special. Your grandparents sounds like wonderful people, and the grapes are so perfect!

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  23. as always, GORGEOUS photos!!

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  24. Your grandpa sounds like an amazing man! This is just pure awesomeness!

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