“Stranger,
here you will do well to linger; here our highest good is pleasure”
Epicurus

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November 5, 2020

"My hobby-horse, if you recollect a little, is no way a vicious beast; he has scarce one hair or lineament of the ass about him—'Tis the sporting little filly-folly which carries you out for the present hour"
~ Laurence Sterne

In his classic 18th century novel – Tristram Shandy – Sterne uses the phrase ‘hobby horse’ when referring to each of his characters’ obsessive compulsions – which are regularly employed throughout the book to make an ass out of each of them.

And Sterne pokes fun at himself saying that his own infatuated folly is writing the volumes of the novel in the first place.
IMG_0584_20-11-04_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Horse_and_Ass.jpg Indeed we are guilty of having our own hobby horse, having spent three years painstakingly perfecting the recipe for Broken Clock, though we are rather confident the finished product shouldn’t make us the butt of any jokes.

During this protracted journey to perfect our quintessentially English vodka, it was in the idyllic country garden at Shandy Hall – where the clock seems to tick more slowly – that we realised that the missing ingredient was in fact time itself.

And pasturing in the neighbouring field you may find these two comical characters – the horse and the ass – whose delightfully humble obsessions are simply to chew the grass and stare at the occasional passer-by.