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…

Why are French ceramics particularly famous and unusual. We look into at Pumpjack & Piddlewick

When you think of France, do you think of French ceramics? Limoge typically comes to mind. But what about Sarreguimes, Creil and Montereau, or Moulin des Loups to name a few. Whether you are maker conscious or not, what does stand out with French ceramics is often the sheer quirkiness.Read More →

Some say the French are not Friendly. Is it true? We discuss at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have lost track of the number of times I have seen the question put out there ‘Why aren’t the French Friendly’? Or the other version ‘How come the French are so unfriendly’? Even sometimes a blanket statement ‘the French are not friendly’ or even rude. When I see this,Read More →

Discover all about French silk from history to types at PumpjackPiddlewick

Over the past few years, I have had to research silk quite a lot. When I started my French Silk Scarf shop it was simply because I had a passion for vintage scarves and especially those that were silk. I discovered others did too and the shop grew and grew.Read More →

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

Always on the search for good books about France, I came across Parisian Charm School: French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy, and That Certain ‘je ne sais quoi‘*. It’s All in the Title Interestingly, in hindsight, the title gives some indication of what it is about, but also (importantly) theRead More →