Grapes are dripping in big luscious black bunches on the vines here at North Farm, and as we enjoy the abundance of seasonal fruit we’re reminded that the word ‘austere’ is apparently derived from a Greek word describing the bitter, dry taste in the mouth that comes when eating unripe grapes …

 

Jen with the Grapes - North Farm Loving Nature Retreat Space, BellingenMany modern-day Greeks are leaving cities that are now in the grip of ‘austerity’, and heading back to their villages rather than searching for food in rubbish bins on city streets (see The Financial Times of 17 February, ‘Grim effects of austerity show on Greek streets’).

Some of these urban-dwellers returning to their villages may still remember the vineyard skills their parents or grandparents taught them, but for many returnees the hard physical work will come as a shock after years of white collar work.

How sweet those first home-grown, post-austerity grapes will taste! Our goats are certainly enjoying our harvest …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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