All of our vineyards are pruned "en gobelet" (head pruned, Ithink in English) except for the Syrah, which is trained on wires since it is not a varietal that will 'stand up on it's own, meaning that the shoots fall to the ground and stray out into the rows if they are not trained onto wires. There are some pretty good trellis systems out there that make keeping the shoots on the wire pretty easy, but of course, ours is not that easy! It's an older system that greatly needs to be updated. We had intended to do that this spring, but as usual, we ran out of time. So, I've been spending my mornings out there intertwining the now quite long syrah shoots through the wires to keep them from overtaking the rows, and to get them off the ground. It can be pretty delicate work. It's easy to break the whole thing off if you're not careful. It happens though and there's nothing you can do about it. There are two main reasons for doing this. Number one is so that the tractor can easily go down the rows when we are spraying sulfur and copperand number two is so that it keeps the air circulating and the sun gets to the new little grapes that are quickly forming. It's pretty tedious work, and not my favorite thing to do, so imagine how useful an "i-pod shuffle" could be to me out there. My sister Molly thought it would be a good idea, so she got me one for fun. I'll admit that when she gave it to me I wasn't jumping up and down. I didn't really think I needed it. BUT! The other day when I finally loaded on some music from my i-tunes library, it was such an amazing change. The time passed so much more quickly!! I'm not a super-savvy tech person, so I just let i-tunes load the music on there randomly. The only problem was that every so often, I got Diana Krall and Nat King Cole singing Christmas Carols!! I guess I'll have to read the directions!