Just catching the end of the sunshiney days
I have just returned to the Celtic Winery after hiking the Abel Tasman National Park trek which was amazing! I posted some photos of the beaches and trails I hiked. I was on the tramp for two days and went about 32 and some kilometers which is about 20 miles. I hiked the whole thing with my backpack which held all my clothes for 6 days, food for the tramp, sleeping bag, etc., which at the end of my trip weighed about 25lbs. Pretty exciting accomplishment! The tramp itself was not very populated (as it is off season and we are going into winter now), but it was beautiful and sunny while I was hiking.
The trip down to Nelson, on the South Island, was almost as big of an adventure and the tramp itself! I hitched several rides from kind and quirky characters to get there, stayed in some sweet backpackers and met lots of friendly fellow travellers. I also got to check out the Nelson Art/Farmers market Saturday morning after my tramp which held lots of neat nics and knacks. Saturday night I stayed with a friend from home who is studying abroad in Wellington for the semester.
Back at the winery again, we are bottling Celtic Mead, Plum Port, and if the brew is right, Pear Cider. Its pretty cool doing the entire process from adding the yeast and sugar (which I have done for the feijoa wine and also for the secondary fermentation of the grape wine) to pumping it into the bottles, corking it, labeling it, and boxing it up , ready to be sold! Tomorrow I'll be doing some more bottling, and also making a new 'open' sign from copper to add to the Celtic atmosphere.