Tried out a new product – The Pivotrim Weedeater Head

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Man, this thing is awesom.  You see, I have to trim around my young grape vines.  This is a very delicate task, because if you nick them just a little, it opens the door for infection, and they die pretty easily.  However, with this new weedeater head, that is no longer a problem.  For bigger weeds, it wraps around the vines instead of cutting them, and hence doesnt cut them.   However, it does hit it with enough force, that if you were trimming

Johnson Grass, like I was, it will still cut it, just very slowly.  It is much better designed for trimming actual grass and not big thick weeds, but it will get the job done.    And with 4 strands on it (which is 8 cutting lines), it cuts really fast and you dont have to replace the lines very often at all.   I would estimate that the lines last about 8 times as long as regular t

wine on a single or double line weedeater head.  I can cut 3 full rows of johnson grass, before I have to even think about replacing the lines.  And if I’m not cutting johnson grass, it will last about 3 times that, or about 9 rows.  Thats a lot for 2 feet of twine.

Check it out, and tell me what YOU think about it.

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Beavers Family Vineyards and Winery – The Dream Coming True

This is kinda of a belated announcement, but since I now have a website, I’m starting to go back through all of my endeavors, and update everyone. A couple years ago, back in 2008 to be exact, I got the notion of starting my own winery. I had been drinking wine for several years before. It all started out, going out with friends, and family and they would drink wine. I have never really liked much alcohol, but there was something about wine that just fascinated me. Some people like the smell of coffee or the smell of fresh baked bread. I love the smell of wine. That is how I got into drinking wine. I would order a glass, just to smell it. Over time, the taste started to grow on me, and now I just love it. I typically enjoy a bottle of wine a week, drank with family and friends, over a good meal and good company. Wine, just seems to make the meal much more enjoyable, and when the conversation gets slim, you can always talk about the bottle of wine.

At any rate, I started falling in love with wine. About the middle of 2006, I though about what it would take to try and make my own. I tried some recipes of what you might call balloon wine. Its where you make some wine in a gallon jug, and put a balloon on it, with a hole from a pin needle. The balloon will rise, and then eventually fall when the fermentation is done. Having watched this over the course of a month, I just knew this is what I wanted to do. It was fascinating. Knowing that I made this. All me. Well, with a little help from God, but the rest all me.

I was hooked. I started looking into vines, and what I could grow here. I couldn’t decide right away, so I bought 300 vines of wines I had heard of and that my limited research said they would grow here, and grow fairly well. So I planted some Shiraz, Norton, and Viognier grapes. They took off, and I made my first batch of wine last year in 2009. Now, I had to dump about half of it because of mistakes, and the fact that the grapes were still very young, and the vines had a very difficult time of ripening them. But I did make some wine!!!

Since, we have planted another 1000 vines, and are well on the way to establishing a real winery. Feel free to visit its own web page at Beavers Family Vineyards and Winery.  It is very nice to walk through the vineyard, and watch them growing. Watching the grapes, bud, flower, and ripen is a fantastic way that I relax in the evenings. The dogs have gotten accustomed to my routines too, as they trot along beside me while I walk the entire perimeter of my property and take in the sights of the growing grapes.

In a way, it is very romantic, having a vineyard and making wine. Knowing that everything here, I made with my own two hands through hard work, a lot of sweat, and sometimes even blood. Things are progressing as time passes, the vines are getting older, and the wine a little better each year. Soon, we will have a tasting room, and a dedicated building for the winery.

As I look back on it all, I would not trade it for the world. I love where I am in life, and where my life is going. Having now experienced some of the finer things in life, I can only encourage everybody I meet, to try and fulfill their own dreams whatever they might be. And if your passion is grapes and wine, then we have something in common, and perhaps one day we will share an evening chatting about life, dreams, and our love of wine, while watching the sun set over the vineyard.

Until then. . . may God bless you, and don’t ever give up on your dreams.