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.

L'Impressionniste barge on the Burgundy Canal with PumpjackPiddlewick

This year I took the leap back into tourism with a chance to work for European Waterways on their canal barges. I started in March aboard l’Impressionniste, a ‘peniche’ (very specific French word for Dutch style barge made into a floating hotel) which cruises the Burgundy Canal. France has manyRead More →

The Fete de Vendange is the celebration of the end of the grape harvest here in France - PumpjackPiddlewick

October, or at least some time in October, signals the end of grape harvest (Vendange) here in France. Depending on how early, or late, the harvest began will determine how early or late in autumn it comes to a conclusion. But ultimately, October signals it’s time for the Fete deRead More →

Petanque is a game that anyone can play and is the most popular game in France we discover at PumpjackPiddlewick

There is a game in France that is popular throughout the country. I think it may even be the most popular game here. It is called Petanque. Yes, I would argue it is even more popular than football or rugby. This is because those are spectator sports, with only aRead More →

We review 2 books on wine and war in France, 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction at PumpjackPiddlewick

Interestingly I was given a book recently – The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah. And at the same time Wine and War, by Donald and Petie Kladstrup, was recommended to me. I read them both, and can recommend them both. Wine and War Wine and War is a non-fictional book.Read More →