Saturday, December 1, 2007

Longing for my vines

Dec. 1st. Sitting in Tallinn, being in a middle of a very difficult year-end I keep longing for the vineyard we managed to plant with my wife last summer.

The little island: Saaremaa (Ösel) near the western coast of Estonia has a wonderful mild marine climate, bit chalcky grounds and a wonderful energy.

During my travels around the world, I have allways dreamed of having a silent hide-away in Saaremaa. Having studied my roots a little, I found that they have lived in Saaremaa since the medieval times.

Two years ago we did find one particularily charming little farm for sale. It had been left alone for many years and waiting for someone to bring some life back to it.

We couldn't resist and bought it right away. After settling in, we experienced a short clash with the last occupant that had lived and died in the house. It was a little bit of a poltergeist story, but it all ended well with the spirit moving on to higher grounds.

We have had two summers of work and joy, pendling between Tallinn and Saaremaa.


  1. I have just started to study growing grapes, but also found your comment on the poltergist very interesting. I hope that things have now settled down for you

  2. Thanks Dorothy, the poor soul has got peace;) It's spring again and I long for the vines. The budbrake will happen somewhere in late May here..