With a frost warning appearing on the local forecast last week and the daughter of the former owner of the house on the phone checking we were on the case we decided the kiwis would have to come in. It started well with all three of us picking at speed from the vine and quickly learning to reject the smaller ones for fear of drowning under kiwis. Then I went up the walnut tree to cut the vine down from there and grab a few more good sized fruit.
Then onto the roof of the bungalow to cut it out of the chimney (and to investigate the random door on the roof….which opens into an empty roof space-not sure if I was glad or disappointed!).
Then we realised it was twenty metres up the pine tree and half way down the hill to Ascoli. Pruning has started! Hopefully by next year we will have a smaller vine, bigger fruit and a pine tree recognisable as a pine tree.