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…

Exploring the vide grenier at PumpjackPiddlewick

Like many people, I love to visit garage sales (in USA), car boot sales (in UK) or flea markets. Here in France they are called a ‘vide grenier’. It literally translates as ’empty attic’. But what makes them different then the American or UK counterpart is that the whole townRead More →

Is French Life Better? We give 10 reasons at PumpjackPiddlewick

We have just passed our 3rd year anniversary of living in our restoration home here in France. It got me to thinking, do I miss our life in the UK? The answer, is sometimes. Or rather, some things. We miss pubs, curry’s and being able to walk into, well, anywhereRead More →

Taking time the French way with PumpjackPiddlewick

Taking time to be part of life, to enjoy it, to work it, to make the most of it, is definitely a French way of life. It is an aspect of the culture here that I have discovered, am trying to understand better and embrace. I suspect my perspective ofRead More →

Why Lovely Lingerie should be worn every day no matter what size, age or activity | PumpjackPiddlewick

I write this, having come in from the garden, sat in my oldest ratty jeans. A pair I wouldn’t be caught dead in public wearing. Particularly as the backside is so threadbare and patched it’s indecent. Add in a loose long sleeve top covered in dirt smudges and the oddRead More →