We’re called Upper Reach, because we’re situated on the Upper Reach’s of the Swan River, and gosh don’t we know it today?
Behind me this is all usually vineyard…not a raging river.
Our Shiraz vines are completely submerged right now, that water is deeper than me.
No, it’s winter so at the moment the vines are dormant..
The vines are effectively hibernating above the ground, but below ground their root system is developing all through winter.
As Spring arrives, the weather will warm up. This warmer weather will encourage the sap of the vine to start flowing which starts off budburst, when the buds burst open and tiny leaves start to form.
However with every flood there is debris washed in.
This being a really large flood, there will be a whole lot of rubbish washed through the vineyard, and some of it will get caught in the vines.
The real problem from a winter flood is cleaning up all the rubbish and detritus that is washed in by the flood waters.
We’re going to have a massive cleaning up job, there will be lots of branches and logs washed through, some of the big logs will no doubt have broken wires and even smashed vineyard posts.
First the river needs to stop running through the vineyard, then we wait for the water to soak into the soil and the mud to dry up a bit, we don’t want to sink!
Then we’ll walk through the vineyard and pull out all the debris onto a trailer and get rid of it.
But almost worse, there’ll be a whole heap of grass, river mud and fair bit of horse poo washed in amongst the vines, which doesn’t make the clean up more fun!