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Sunday, 15 December 2019
L'alambic des bons vivants - Terroirs de gueuletons
Here are two typical Périgordians, Arthur and Vincent (les gueuletons), enjoying a day out, distilling alcohol with some rustic locals. The scene is very typical of this area; much more so than all those fairytale Chateaux that one sees.
If you don't speak any French, just turn the sound off; it's just as good 'mute'.
Making Eau de Vie is very simple. In Autumn you fill a plastic drum with plums, apples, and maybe some raspberries (hence the red colour), then a few months later you take it to someone who has an illicit still (such as the one in the video), and he will distill the resulting liquid for you. The end result is LETHAL.
I have two bottles of Eau de Vie in the house; one is Plum and the other Pear. They have sat untouched for years!
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!