I am forcing my French to improve by immersing myself with no other option but to learn faster here at PumpjackPiddlewick

That’s right, I am forcing my French. This is not for the feint hearted. Don’t try this at home. At least if you aren’t visiting or don’t live in France. I am in need of, as well as desirous of, improving my French. Fast. And I have taken a certainContinue Reading

What is the French Apero? Think Spanish Tapas, only French. We delve into this cultural phenomena here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Half the fun of learning about living in a different country is learning ‘the ways’ of it, e.g. for me ‘what do the French do?’ Well the French do an Apero. Qu’est-ce que c’est? An Apero is a little like Spanish tapas. That is, it’s a drink and a nibbleContinue Reading

Is French life actually better we ask at PumpjackPiddlewick. We can give you 10 reasons why its pretty darn good.

I recently asked myself if French life is better. Before I purchased my Mini Medieval Manor (snicker) here in France, I took the time to think, did I miss my life in the UK? The answer, is sometimes. Or rather, some things. I miss pubs, curry’s and being able toContinue Reading

After 10 years I can add 10 more reasons why I like France and have chosen to continue to live here. Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

I’ve now lived in France for 10 years. Wow! That just blows my mind. And recently I hit a crossroads and had the chance to decide if I would stay or go somewhere else. I chose to stay. Because? To put it simply, I like France. I wrote originally onContinue Reading

I bought a mini medieval manor here in France. A real doer upper. Come join in the fun.

What’s it like buying a home all your own in France? Well, grab a cup of tea (or wine), have a sit and let me tell you about my mini medieval manor. This past year was spent working hard on a hotel barge on the Burgundy Canal. From March untilContinue Reading