All posts by Joyce

September Harvest of Sangiovese

We harvested 1250 lbs of Sangiovese grapes on Monday, September 25th.  To date this is the most fruit we have harvested from a single variety in the original test plot.  Just fifty vines produced this.

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Three in a Tub


Local author, Mary Jane Zakas, has just published the first in a new series of children’s books. Designed to entertain and educate, Three in a Tub recounts an adventure shared by Roberta, her cat (Kitty Kay) and dog (Gracie Jane) as they set out to pick apples.

Appendices at the back are written for children and adults to learn and share interesting facts about different elements in the story. The interesting facts appendix takes a child’s knowledge base further than if they just read a story and the second appendix STRETCH2SMART helps teach higher level thinking skills.

Apples, cats, dogs, cows, flash floods and lighting are detailed as they relate to their context in the story.

To find out more search “Stretch2Smart” on Facebook. “Three in a Tub” is available on and at Barnes & Noble.

Queensland Vineyard Bed & Breakfast congratulates Mary Jane on the launch of her thoughtful and comprehensive books.

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The Holidays are upon us.

Queensland-Christmas-Decorations Garland, wreaths and, of course, a Christmas tree decorate the bed & breakfast to cheer our guests. We had our first snowfall last week. Our countdown to Winter has begun.

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Late Spring Surprise Snowstorm – May 8, 2015

Fish Lake Valley residents awoke to a fresh carpet of snow last Friday. By mid-day most had melted, though the mountains maintain a solid white cap.

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