You can listen to French radio anywhere in the world. Here are some stations we recommend at PumpjackPiddlewick

Pumpjack and I are agreed that one of the best ways to improve understanding French is to listen to French radio. Like the BBC in the UK, radio presenters speak more clearly, enunciating well, and not too fast. We have a number of stations we like to listen to –Read More →

Winter in the Vineyard with Pumpjack Piddlewick

When we think of vineyards we most likely think of autumn and the harvesting of grapes, the making of the wine. That is the busiest time of year for both the vineyard and the winery, but it’s just the culmination. Whereas winter in the vineyard is possibly the most importantRead More →

The French have a system called AOC it denotes artisans and products made in specific areas to specific tried and tested methods.

What does the French AOC, or Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, mean here in France? What is it actually about? And how does it pertain to cheese, as well as other food and drink? Let’s delve… The French AOC Explained So what actually is this AOC thing? AOC stands for Appellation d’OrigineRead More →

Why are med hard to buy for? In fact are they? Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

I grew up in a small family, two men, two women. My father, mother, brother and I. When it came to finding presents for them, my mother was always easy. Not my Dad or my brother. And it always had me pondering why are men hard to buy for? That’sRead More →