Life in France

Life in France is … different.

We moved to France primarily to make wine, and then we fell in love. Not just with each other, that has been on-going, but with the country.

Having taken up residence in our new life, we are endeavouring to learn. And there is lots to learn. Learn French, learn the culture, learn how to restore a house, how to grow our own food, how to make cool things (preferably with pallets – a Piddlewick favourite) … the list goes on, and all whilst enjoying French food and wine. It’s (not) a harsh life.

Come and explore life in France with us with a taste of some French Findings

Visiting a Vide Grenier

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 →

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Is French Life Better? 10 Reasons Why We Like France

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 →

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Taking Time, the French Way

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 →

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The French Way to Lingerie

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 →

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