French Findings

Life in France is more than foie gras, pinot noir and smelly cheeses.  In our French Findings we talk of cultural differences, the funny and the sad, the good and the bad, what we particularly love about France and some of the weird and wonderful things we have discovered being here.

Come and discover our French Findings…

Understanding about French Shutters with Pumpjack Piddlewick

France has a love affair with shutters. And now that I am ‘in the know’ about these window dressings, I have gone native. I have joined our village in opening and closing these things daily. Actually, main times daily. Shut up tight If you have never been to France, typically,Read More →

Buying a new home in France with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Pumpjack & Piddlewick have moved! Nope, not the website sort of move, but the physical, moving house, new home sort of move. Our Dream in coming to France has been focused on wine making (underway), setting up our own businesses (*details at bottom), improving our French (could be better, butRead More →

Stereotypes and Misconceptions about France and French People | Pumpjack & Piddlewick

We recently had people visit, visitors who generally travelled a lot but hadn’t been to France in years, and when they had been it was always Paris. This was their first trip to the countryside of France. And they couldn’t get over the difference. The French were actually friendly, andRead More →

Is French Life Better? We give 10 reasons at PumpjackPiddlewick

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 firstRead More →