Plum Time, 1999, watercolour 17" x 20".
Our orchard has some old plum and damson trees which give a big crop every year. Our village neighbours used to like the damsons to make their eau de vie (plum brandy). In the autumn, a mobile still would tour the neighbourhood, discreetly hidden behind a hedge, and the brandy would be made with much tasting and hilarity. All this eventually became strictly controlled.
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