I enjoy being a wine tour guide. But what exactly is that? We delve here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have the best job. Honest. Or, if you don’t agree, then I will say I love my job. You see, I am a wine tour guide. Yup. It’s a thing. A really fun and interesting thing. So what’s it all about? A Little History First, I’ll say it’s notContinue Reading

Eating alone can be scary and lonely, but I learned to love eating alone and eating healthier in consequence here at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the slightly off piste things I worried about when I moved into my new yet medieval home was trying to be healthy whilst also cooking and eating alone. It was a whole new world for me to navigate. I didn’t rush into plans, but took my time seeingContinue Reading

I receive quite a few questions about French toilets. So let's see if I can answer yours here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have been thinking about French toilets. Don’t we all? Okay, maybe not most of you. But I have discovered as a guide, that it turns out many visitors to France have questions about them. So let’s see if I can answer some… A Little History Toilets started life asContinue Reading

I am discovering the wonderful variety of wines in the Loire Valley. Come and enjoy a taste with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

I am thoroughly enjoying myself guiding guests around the Loire valley in France. So many lovely varieties of grapes for wine, so many Chateaus to explore. The Loire is my special garden. One I don’t have to prune, but simply enjoy. And oh, my the choices! In case you didn’tContinue Reading

Is it always quiet in France or is it in fact a noisy country. We look at the rules and etiquette of France noise levels here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Something I’ve noticed and started to get used to is that it’s really quite quiet in France. That’s not to say there is not any noise. But the noise level here is certainly reduced. On many fronts. And maybe that is what lends itself to the ‘French lifestyle’? Cities vsContinue Reading