Farm and Vineyard
Here's the south face of the 200+ year old house. New roof and siding.
Most other things - windows, floors, interior trim - are original. The
kitchen (behind the big Silver Maple on the right) was added on at some
point. You'll notice the weeds to the left and right - this was just the
edge of about 20 acres with 10-15 years of overgrowth!
Blaidd Drwg (pron. 'blaið dru:g or blithe droog, trans. from Welsh: Bad Wolf), is
mainly just an idea right now. The property has been purchased, the first barn is being
built, the house is ready to be moved into. Fencing needs to be installed, plans still
need to be decided on, equipment needs to be purchased, and livestock needs to be
moved once the barn and fencing are ready. Then the real fun begins. Here's a glimpse
at where we started, where we are now, and what we're looking at for the future:
This is a bit of before and after. The angle for the pictures isn't the same
(NW corner of the house in the 'before', and NE corner in the 'after'),
but the section of the small valley and sheep pasture is. The graveyard is
located on the mound covered with trees peaking out from behind the
ivy growing on the house in the 'before' picture. In the 'after' picture it's
barely peaking out from behind weeds in the foreground.
Here's the reverse of the 'before' and 'after' photos. The graveyard knoll
is extending inward from the left. I'm standing at about the halfway
point of the property from the road to the most eastern border of the
property. The house sets back from the road about 300 feet.
These two small fields are where we're planning to locate the grapes.
Total area would make a small vineyard at about 4 acres. At present the
varieties we're considering are Cayuga White, Corot Noir, Frontenac,
Frontenac Gris, Landot, Ravat 34, Ravat 51, Traminette, and Vidal Blanc.
Blaidd Drwg Farm & Vineyard
home of Hermit Thrush Hill Rare Breeds
203 Pavlus Road
Fort Plain, NY 13339