Winemaking and The Museum of the Universes of Science

On the weekend, we all drove up to Gingin to help with the second stage of winemaking. The first stage, picking the grapes and first pressing, was already done a couple of weeks ago; it was time for the second pressing and getting the wine into vats for fermentation. We also spent time working on LR’s latest project, “The Museum of the Universes of Science” — a showcase for all the amazing animals, bones, plants and rocks that we discover up there.

Obviously, winemaking is a very serious business!

Obviously, winemaking is a very serious business!

LR and Poppa drain the wine from the grapes, to get them ready for the second pressing.

LR and Poppa drain the wine from the grapes, to get them ready for the second pressing.

PULL, LR PULL!!!! LR works the press, getting every last drop out of the grapes.

PULL, LR PULL!!!! LR works the press, getting every last drop out of the grapes.

Time to clear the press. Mom, Grammy and RJ take the pressed skins and seeds to fertilize the garden.

Time to clear the press. Mom, Grammy and RJ take the pressed skins and seeds to fertilize the garden.

Although the wine grapes had already been pressed, we went over to the orchard to see what other fruit was ready for picking. We found a huge number of table grapes ready to pick, as well as some native limes. Sadly, birds had eaten most of the olives!

RJ waits for a ride on the gate at the goat-proof fence to the orchard and vineyard.

RJ waits for a ride on the gate at the goat-proof fence to the orchard and vineyard.

LR and Grammy pick table grapes from the vines. The wine grapes were all picked two weeks ago, nothing left there now except raisins!

LR and Grammy pick table grapes from the vines. The wine grapes were all picked two weeks ago, nothing left there now except raisins!

LR is ready to carry the harvest back to the house.

LR is ready to carry the harvest back to the house.

RJ’s continuing fascination with hats led the kids to making hat stands out of some styrofoam heads that Grammy had sitting around. Grammy has all the great stuff you need for art projects.

LR, RJ and Mom work on making some hat stands for the kids.

LR, RJ and Mom work on making some hat stands for the kids.

RJ admires his finished product, complete with 'evil guy' moustache.

RJ admires his finished product, complete with 'evil guy' moustache.

Throughout the weekend, preparations were made for LR’s grand museum project. A set of science-oriented colouring in pages were done up for kids who visit the museum, including some dot-to-dots and letter pages from RJ. Future plans include a science art gallery and a geology department.

LR had a fantastic plan to create our own museum. After a lot of thinking, she decided to name it "The Museum of the Universes of Science." She was in charge of doing the labels and signs.

LR had a fantastic plan to create our own museum. After a lot of thinking, she decided to name it "The Museum of the Universes of Science." She was in charge of doing the labels and signs.

While LR made labels, RJ went to work arranging the collections. The kangaroo vertebrae had their own section.

While LR made labels, RJ went to work arranging the collections. The kangaroo vertebrae had their own section.

LR works on some more labels as Mom looks on.

LR works on some more labels as Mom looks on.

RJ carefully lays out the ribs. He eventually had a matched set for the left and right sides of the body.

RJ carefully lays out the ribs. He eventually had a matched set for the left and right sides of the body.

After building the sign and pushing it into the ground (with a tractor!), RJ and LR welcome everyone to the new museum.

After building the sign and pushing it into the ground (with a tractor!), RJ and LR welcome everyone to the new museum.

LR shows the reptile shelf, complete with a mulga and a western brown snake.

LR shows the reptile shelf, complete with a mulga and a western brown snake.

LR shows off some of the finer specimens to the museum's first visitors, Poppa and Grammy.

LR shows off some of the finer specimens to the museum's first visitors, Poppa and Grammy.

As the sun set, the kangaroos lined up again at the water trough. It's been a long, dry year and they can't wait for the rains to start again.

As the sun set, the kangaroos lined up again at the water trough. It's been a long, dry year and they can't wait for the rains to start again.


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