Out for a walk around the village I took a closer look at the sign on our distillery at the edge of the village.It seems that if you were not here with your fruit on the first of the month,the chance has gone.
It may not look much but it is an important part of the village history. The right to distil liquor has been handed down from generation to generation We believe that in the past every village had its owns still or alambic, producing eau-de-vie (water of life), the traditional, unsweetened, clear fruit brandy that is distilled from pears, raspberries, cherries or plums but almost any fruit can be used. We have heard that the current distiller does not have an heir so sadly the 'right' will end with his demise, though he looks to have a good few years left in him yet. I went a couple of years ago with my neighbour (and his pears) to experience the process.
The process ends with the 'water of life' dropping unceremoniously into a yellow plastic bucket - nice!