French Country Confessions

We admit it. We are urbanites. So why have we moved to the country? Primarily to make wine, and then we fell in love. Not just with each other, that has been on-going, but with the countryside. Circumstance put us in the northern county of Burgundy, and just south of the wine area of Chablis. Farm land to you and me.

Having taken up residence in our new life, we are endeavoring to learn. And there is lots to learn. Learn French, learn the culture, learn how to take care of the feathered variety of farm animals, as well as our other growing furry family, learn how to grow our own food, learn how to make cool things with pallets (a Piddlewick favourite), and all whilst enjoying French food and wine. Well, something has to make up for the early mornings in winter.

Come and explore the French countryside with us.

Home Sweet Home Our pet duck Maggie stacking her claim in the chicken and duck run at PumpjackPiddlewick

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 leastRead More →

Les Nécessités in my Portmanteau - The garden necessity at PumpjackPIddlewick

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 asRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

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 FrenchRead More →

Are you taking care of your trees and pruning suckers? | PumpjackPiddlewick

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 organisedRead More →