It has been a busy start of the year at Retiro Park Lodge. The weather in January has been bright and sunny (Nelson is again officially the sunniest city in New Zealand) and the guests at the Bed and breakfast have been charming and fun.
The resident Alpacas and Llamas of Retiro Park Lodge have finally had the haircut that they needed and which had been postponed several times prior to Christmas because of the wet weather. The fleeces have all been sorted and eventually will be turned into the lovely soft warm throws that can be found in The Barn and The Patio Room. One of our guests (Linda Chayra) took plenty of photos of the shearing event, and I have posted them on flickr.
The vineyard is looking good and the work there is up to date. Bunch closure is happening at the moment in all the varieties and an antifungal spray was applied today to protect the crop against disease. According to my estimates we will be harvesting approximately 150 Kg of Pinot Gris, 200 Kg of Chardonnay and around 300 Kg of Pinot Noir grapes that we will be turning into wine sometime in April for the future enjoyment of ourselves and the bed and breakfast visitors.
The cultural activities in town keep flowing (I think that for its size Nelson must be one of the places in the planet with a major number of events) an one of the latest and most interesting amongst many others is The Summer Film Festival, that will last until February the 6th at The Suter Art Gallery & Theatre, screening 1940’s and 50’s classics and that no film lover in town should miss. We will certainly not.