There are few Grape growers, probably, who do not look forward to that halcyon time when some inventive genius shall have introduced a device for thinning Grapes by machinery. The task is tedious, slow, and, to active people, irritating. Moreover, unless done in the early morning it is so trying that if we gave our convicts a course of it the humanitarians would be in full cry. As it is only honest people who undergo the ordeal, of course it does not matter. The bunches must be thinned if they are to be any good, and in the absence of the patent we must get up in the small hours and wrestle it out. To begin with, I should like to say that many people give themselves a great deal of unnecessary trouble in the task of forming a shapely bunch through making a bad choice to begin with. If the bunch is naturally ill shaped considerable difficulty will be experienced in making a good one of it; in fact, the task may prove to be impossible. On the other hand, if the bunch is naturally well formed the task is comparatively easy. It is not too much to say that the future bunch may be seen in the tiny one which first forms. Study the shape of this for a few moments. Perhaps the first one seen is a lop-sided customer, or squat and ungainly, or dumpy at the base. If so, remove it. On the other hand, it may taper to a point, and the upper part be graced by a pair of well-balanced "shoulder" shoots. If so, keep it; it is the sort of bunch to do you credit. Theoretically, a model bunch should come to a point at the base, which should consist of one good berry. Preserve this, and with a pair of pointed Grape scissors in the right hand to clip out the berries, and a small forked twig in the left to hold the bunch steady, work upwards towards the shoulders, preserving the balance and symmetry as much as possible. Thinning must not be deferred after the berries are 1/8 inch in diameter. At that stage, or just before, it is easy to calculate the amount of space to leave. Remember that enough should be provided for the berries to "pack" a little, and thereby ensure a firm bunch. Bunches with tightly squeezed berries and bunches with loose berries are equally bad. More space must be left for large berried sorts like Gros Colman and Gros Maroc than for Black Hamburghs, Alicantes, Muscats, and Lady Downe's.