Alycea Blake van Horth

What is reverse xenophobia and is it found in France we ask at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have come across something new – reverse xenophopia.If you have never (knowingly) encountered ‘xenophobia’ – it is the fear or dislike of anything perceived as foreign. As someone who has lived in many countries, I have encountered xenophobia here and there. A neighbour in the UK who would onlyRead More →

What does recycling in France involve and how much do the French recycle? We take a look at French recycling at PumpjackPiddlewick

Some of you may not know this, but recycling in France began way back in the 16th century. Oui, they have had some time to hone the system. And I will say today, it is quite the system. With even more focus for the future. It began with metal recycling,Read More →

French village life sometimes means the police at the door | PumpjackPiddlewick

I am a great fan of detective fiction. Give me a Sue Grafton, J.D. Robb and especially the classic Agatha Christie ‘who done it’ any day. Consequently, I read frequently of police at the door asking questions, garnering answers. It’s something you read about, but it just doesn’t happen inRead More →

My pet duck loves a Duvet Day now and then at PumpjackPiddlewick

Ducks like people have days when they don’t want to do anything. When they wish to be lazy. A duck duvet day if you will. Now I am figuring that some of you may have chosen to read this article because you thought I turned my pet duck into aRead More →