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 →

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

In my search for books on or based in France, I was curiously surprised to find a book by Alexander McCall Smith. He of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency fame. But the title intrigued me, The Second Worst Restaurant in France*. I have read some of McCall Smith’s detective agencyRead More →

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 →