I’m Alycea (Piddlewick) and the gentleman in the background is David (Pumpjack). We’re creating a whole new life in the countryside of France. Grab a glass of wine, join in the fun, and laugh along with us as we slowdown a moment from the chaos that is life.
We are Pumpjack & Piddlewick and welcome to our life. Pumpjack, a.k.a. David, is an eccentric, mad scientist Oenologist (fancy title for he who makes wine) and who, I think, unknowingly acts as the creative muse to me, Piddlewick, a.k.a. Alycea, who makes most of the items for our shop,
We named our pet duck Maggie after Margaret Thatcher. Mainly because she bullied her way into this life, and continues to do so. Nothing stops our Maggie from getting what she wants. Consequently, we think she would make a perfect president, for France. Well, for anywhere really, but as France
What is ‘Terroir’? Wine 101 for us Non Connoisseurs (or Snobs)
I was walking through Chablis market this past Sunday and got to thinking how the wine from there is called ‘Chablis’ and not ‘Chardonnay’. You see, all the grapes growing around the town are Chardonnay. So, go figure. Elsewhere, for example, it would be, say ‘Californian Chardonnay’ or ‘Australian Chardonnay’.
A Corking Adventure about Biodynamic Wine from the Vive le Livre Book Club
Ever heard of Biodynamics? Most of us are aware of Organic. Biodynamic goes beyond organic. It’s a whole culture in relation to wine. Biodynamic wine is grown and made following organic principles. Also lunar calenders, and a few other weird and wonderful ways that don’t really make sense. I mean
Why Lovely Lingerie should be worn Every Day, no matter what Size, Age or Activity
The garden has kept me very busy this past month. This morning alone was spent shifting soil, pruning suckers, cutting out caterpillar nests and hedge trimming. Lots of hard work and my muscles are telling me so as I now sit here catching up with our blog. I am in
Building a multi-use Chicken Duck Enclosure, Life is fraught with possibilities
This spring we built a chicken duck enclosure. After much planning, reviewing and more planning, we finally threw all the ideas away and went for simple and inexpensive and the least amount of disruption to our feathered flock as possible. Creatures of Habit Chickens, and particularly ducks, well at least
Les Nécessités in my Portmanteau – what wouldn’t you be without in the Garden?
Our in My Portmanteau series reveals a collection of Les Nécessités, those necessary items that must go with us wherever we go, whether linked to memories, are ever so practical, or simply just so darned fun and frivolous it’s a jolly laugh to keep. We like to view them as
French for Cats – All the French Your Cat will ever Need (un bon livre)
It had to be. You move to France, you’re learning French and you get a cat, so it would be required for someone to give you a little book called French for Cats. Like I said, it had to be. After all, your cat has to learn to understand French
Is your Garden Healthy? You’ve Weeded, Mulched, but do you Prune Suckers?
One of the great benefits of living with someone who has a degree in oenology and viticulture (wine making and vineyard management) is that he is a wiz at pruning. Pumpjack really understands how things grow and what to do when. And, he is my mentor. Vineyards are just organised
You are going to a Desert Island. You wouldn’t be without…?
Probably because we have moved a lot (it’s a wine making thing), I got to thinking what items are particularly special to me, items I know will go with us in a move, items I couldn’t, wouldn’t be without. You know that, ‘you are allowed X items, what would you
Are you a Scarf or a Jewelry person? Discovering French Scarves
I have never owned much jewelry, but those items I do own are very precious to me. Not for their value, but for their memories. Since living here in France, I have come to realise I rarely wear any of my jewelry anymore. Rather, French scarves have taken over in
French or Foe? Understanding French culture (A Bon Livre)
So you like to visit France. Maybe you are even thinking of buying a place here. Maybe you already have. And yet, maybe, though you love the country, you just don’t get ‘the French’. Like why don’t the French smile? Why, when driving, do they feel the need to drive