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. The way elections
Have you ever given a thought about the humble cat carrier? Thought not. Most people don’t give it a glance until it gets called into play to take their cat to the vet. If the cat carrier had a conscience, it would feel pretty miserable about itself. But cat carriers
Is French Life Better? 10 Reasons Why We Like France
After a recent trip to the UK we had a brief thought of moving back. We miss pubs, curry’s and being able to walk into, well, anywhere and be able to converse with ease and understanding. Then we returned to France and realised we could visit Britain for the first
I can honestly say I don’t like Autumn. And… I can honestly say I love it. It is probably my favourite season. Okay, second favourite. Because I hate the dark. Not that monster under your bed kind of fear hate, but the days closing in hate. And if I am
To Stress or Not to Stress – Is there a choice at Harvest Time?
September for us is a balancing act of preparation and patience, as we wait for the starter gun to fire. The call came in at 6 o’clock in the evening. “We have to pick NOW!” I dropped everything. It’s all Go! Go! Go! when it comes harvest time in a
Near the end of June an ant got into my computer and the next thing I knew I did not have use of the A C F N and X keys. Not to mention a few numbers and symbols. Life on a busted computer ground to a snails pace. Emails
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’.
What exactly is a Pashmina, and why should you own one?
My Pashmina travels with me everywhere. It is so versatile in its size and uses, and yet it packs so small. I can even fit it in my handbag, but most often you will find it around my shoulders. I use my pashmina a lot to keep me warm when
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