Tuesday, September 19, 2006


After a hard days permaculturing, every good permaculturer deserves a drink and, in France, that’s often a glass or two of red wine. Gabrielle came back from shopping today with a huge grin on her face, clutching a bottle of “Arse” wine. In faint subscript, the whole title was Seigneurie d’ARSE, which I have translated, with the aid of my much used English/French dictionary, as the “Lord’s Arse”. This wordplay is presumably lost on the French as I’m sure that they wouldn’t try to sell wine that apparently issues from the Lord of the Manor’s own bottom.


I’ve noticed that we have many visitors to our blog from the USA, where, for you, the word is “ass”. In England, an ass is a donkey, i.e., some sort of horse. I think that the extra “r” adds useful emphasis! In French, the word for arse, or ass, is “cul”, pronounced, “coo”. Thank you very much is “merci beaucoup”; problematically, a mispronunciation could be heard by French ears as “merci beau cul”, which translates as “thanks, nice arse”. However, I do think this would work adequately well in a restaurant, for example, when addressed to a pretty waitress or handsome young waiter!


That’s enough international wordplay for tonight. I have a computer problem, most of my screen has gone blank, so it’s off to the repair shop tomorrow and we’ll be offline for a while but please keep an eye out, as I’ll carry on posting as soon as it’s sorted. In the pipeline: I’ve loads to tell you about our woods, after the second French expert forestier came to visit. He’s employed by the state and a really super, right-on ecological guy and very supportive to our permaculture ideas for managing the woodland. And, I’ve got an update on our food production, with some shiitake mushrooms, and an answer to the conundrum “which came first, the chicken or the egg”. Back soon, I hope…

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Haha! I want a bottle of that wine next time I come to visit/next time you come here!
Hope you're both well.
My flowers still look beautiful. Thank you.
Love Christina xxxx

Anonymous said...

We too have just returned from France with a case of Arse each, deciding at the last moment not to bother with a bottle or two of The Legendary Horn, a scotch whisky of dubious provenance that occupied a shelf nearby in the same store - at 16 Euros a shot it might have been taking it too far to have to drink a litre or so of the stuff, but the wine wasn't bad at all...

all the best

andy and sophie

Stuart and Gabrielle said...

Hi Andy & Sophie,
Thanks for dropping by our blog and leaving a comment. The Legendary Horn is impressively named, I wonder what other amusing drinks france has in store. By the way, we had to explain to our French friends the significance of 'arse' and why we thought it funny!
Cheers, and happy drinking!

Anonymous said...

hy i have just come back from normandy bough 15 bottles of arse its ok for 3 euros a bottle happy drinking