After a very dry winter we have has some rain at last. The thermometer rose into the 20s in March but has now fallen back to 12oC today. It has been raining on and off since the end of last week so, as they say here ‘Abril, aguas mil’ (April brings water in thousands!). It is not enough to fill the barragem, which is almost half empty, but at least it has given the surface a reasonable soaking. I am up here with my two boys, Edward and Jamie. We take a walk around the vineyard being careful not to step on ant’s nests.