Cold and rainy weather doesn't mean the end of vineyard work. Starting around January 1st, we'll begin pruning last years growth; but first we have to wind up all the netting used to keep the birds at bay while the fruit was ripe.
Luckily, Dad is quite the engineer. Instead of rolling the nets up by hand (like we used to do) he fabricated a net-winder that runs off the hydraulic system of our tractor. Using mostly scrap metal... bits and pieces from here and there... he made one of the more arduous and time consuming jobs in the vineyard speed along at a marvelous rate.
Now don't get me wrong... it still takes a great deal of time and effort (and walking up and down every row at least four times!); but it's a dream compared to the old days.