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…

Whats all the fuss about French Markets with PumpjackPiddlewick

You may have noticed that any cooking show about food and France always shows someone shopping in a French market, sniffing veg, squeezing fruit and generally making out that this is Am-aaa-zing. But is it? Now I am a foodie. Yup, I love food. But not just to eat, toRead More →

Exploring misconceptions about France with PumpjackPiddlewick

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 to Paris. This was their first trip to the countryside of France. And they couldn’t get over the difference. The told us the FrenchRead More →

Understanding pollarding with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

As we wax into winter my mind turns to pollarding. When I walk to the shops, or ‘go ‘walkies’ in the village with our dog Chewie, and take in the leaves on the ground my eyes inevitably rise up to the tree tops. And I wonder, will they be pollardedRead More →

French Bridge Days in France at PumpjackPiddlewick

Last year I learned about the Bridge Day here in France, or in French ‘faire le pont’ (to do the bridge). Unlike what it initially sounds like, it has nothing to do with celebrating bridges. It has to do with national holidays in France. By Day or Date For thoseRead More →