Tom: Hi everyone. Well, as I write this, Monday hasn't really happened yet but if Sunday is anything to go by, it's going to be one heck of a busy time!
#1 decked me out in all my finery on Sunday morning, and off we went!
You see, we were spending the day escorting and interpreting for a group of apple growers and (hard) cider makers from the Hudson Valley. You can read all about the project here.
So, the first part of today's programme consisted of our American guests planting cider apple trees in a new orchard, and I supervised!
That lady is so great! Her name is Elizabeth Ryan and she is a well-known cider producer in the Hudson Valley. You can read all about her here. Our soil here is very clay-y and she just took her shoes off and dug right in!
After the planting, I had to devote some time to getting cuddles as I was highly popular with the visitors! Here I am with one of the guys:
But the most fun part was when our visitors were all inducted into the ancient Brotherhood of Cider Tasters (it goes back to the early 17th century!). The masters of the brotherhood were all wearing fancy dress!
Today, we are starting out with a walking tour of a beautiful old nearby town. Then we are visiting apple orchards, having lunch at a 15th century manor house, and visiting cider works. It's going to be a busy day!