Juggling Act

Life feels like a juggling act at the moment (doesn’t it always I hear some of you sigh!) and that is part of running a small, family based wine label.  In fact I would imagine it’s part of running any small business, particularly when first starting out.  There is no big staff pool to delegate jobs to, no big cashflow to contract work out and you must be a jack of all trades.   The bonus is that you get to do a little bit of everything – there is always plenty of variety in the working day. 

At the moment Aaron works a couple of days at Indevin (a contract winemaking facility) and has the rest of the week to focus on Fiasco.  These ‘fiasco’ days  typically go something like:  6am – Go out rowing with the Indevin team (training for an upcoming inter-business event), 8 – 8.30 am – Get our older kids off  to school while I feed Archie…8.30 am – 12 pm prune grape vines, 12 – 12.30 Lunch break 1 -2.30 pm, Deal to e-mails and do paperwork (invoicing, etc), 2.30 – 4.30 pm Out and about – wine deliveries, supermarket tastings, meetings etc 4.30 – 6 pm do some more pruning if time, 6- 7pm take Finn to Taekwondo (Aaron is president of the club), 7.15- have tea and help get kids off to bed 8.15 –  Twitter time (Tweet up tonight at Dodsons!) and more paperwork.  In between that he is actually making our 09 wines and organising bottling and labelling … and amongst that we are having home rennovations done which Aaron needs to wire up (he was an electrician in his pre-winemaker days).  And on weekends, well its more pruning. 

And what do I do all day?   Well I try to help out here and there but mostly I’m on mum duties – must say I’d forgotten just how a new baby consumes time! 

We are over-flowing with ideas for Fiasco but arghhhh there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  We can’t complain though, we are fortunate that business is busy, we will soon have an inside toilet and a new room, we have a healthy bonny baby boy and a great wider family, and as we tie down the vine canes the sun is shining and spring growth is looking promising.   🙂  Oh and those of you eagerly awaiting the purple cows, be patient, once pruning is done and dusted we’ll be fattening the cattle ;-).  For now we’re a bit like the bloke in our logo – running on the barrel …but we need to take his lead and make time for a wine!



6 Responses to “Juggling Act”

  1. 1 Jonathan
    September 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I have a feeling that I taught your son the other day….is he the future karate kid of Blenheim?
    I had to warn him not to take me out completely on the first move…;)

  2. September 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    That sounds just like him 🙂 Although its Taekwondo he does (its a brave person that says ‘same diff’ apparently). Speaking of ‘karate kid’ I watched the movies on C4 with the kids recently, I hyped it up and told my daughter how karate kid was a hot pin up boy (Ralph Macchio?) in my day, when he came on screen with his sneakers and high riding jeans we could only laugh!

  3. 3 Jonathan
    September 13, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    It’s funny how some 80’s films age really badly……(like some wines no doubt 😉
    However – ‘Back to the Future’ is one film which never seems to show its age. What a classic – and our kids love it!

  4. September 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Have to agree – ours loved ‘Back to the Future’ too, cracked up when he jumped in time from the 80s and someone goes “Why is he wearing a lifejacket?” in reference to his red puffer jacket, and to think now we are wearing them again!

  5. 5 Jonathan
    September 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Talking of good films…….I recommend “High Fidelity’ if you haven’t seen it already.
    Jack Black singing a long to Katrina and the Waves is absolutely fantastic 🙂

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