Living the French life

Living the French Life reminds me of an old Elvis Presley song (and movie) ‘You gotta follow that dream wherever that dream may lead…’ Ours has led to France. We’re a creative redhead and an eccentric Oenologist who are Pursuing our Dream of making our own wine in France on a next to nothing budget, supporting our Dream by selling what our vintage and antique items on Etsy and doing odd jobs in between restoring our home and garden.

Finding out about French Pharmacies at PumpjackPiddlewick

Who knew French pharmacies could be so interesting?!? Honest. Initially this topic was researched for our Fab Findings from France Facebook Group as more or less a simple guide for those living here or planning to travel. It was rather like an Alice down the rabbit hole moment, as theRead More →

What's all the fuss about French Markets? 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 Ah-maaa-zing. But is it? Now I am a foodie. Yup, I love food. But not just to eat, toRead More →

Discovering the French scarf at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have never owned much jewelry, but those items I do own are very precious to me. Not for their value, but for their memories. Since living here in France, I have come to realise I rarely wear any of my jewelry any more. Rather, the French scarf has takenRead More →

Exploring misconceptions about France with PumpjackPiddlewick

We manage a Facebook group about France and get asked regularly about stereotypes and misconceptions. There are truly a lot of outdated if not completely untrue myths about France and the French people. We have even encountered it ourselves in travel wise friends. A while ago, we had people visit,Read More →