Just back from a charity quiz night for an organization called The Lunch Bowl. It was great fun, even though the team I was in ('the anoraks') was third last. My excuse was the lack of wine questions.
It was a nice way to end a lovely day. It was another superb, sunny spring day here in west London. I pruned my vines (I have 30 vines in my garden - Pinot Noir, Bacchus and Phoenix) and mowed the lawn for the first time this season.
It's good to prune late like this, because it retards bud burst and thus lessens the risk of frost damage. I use dto ave an allotment vineyard in Twickenham, but lost this in 2007 because I couldn't keep it under control. It was also a pretty vigorous site: anywhere that grows great vegetables isn't well suited to viticulture.
We also had our first barbecue of the year, which is always a significant moment. Now it's bedtime.