looking one’s age

nobody here looks as old as they actually are. if you see someone who looks 65, you should assume he or she is probably 70-plus, if not 75 years old. there’s an 84 year old ex police officer up the street who takes a bike ride every day down the hill to check his garden and then climbs back up again. all i’m saying is, i have seen the people here, and i have seen the vines. and i am starting to suspect that we have a “picture of dorian gray” situation¬†going on. out in the fields, the vines just keep looking older and older, and the villagers eat cheese and drink wine and never age.

grape vine stump

autignac, france

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