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.

Do the French make New Years resolutions? We delve into the topic here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Making New Years resolutions is something I grew up around. But I hadn’t really thought, until now – Do the French make New Years Resolutions? And the answer is ‘mais oui’, yes they do. But they don’t call them ‘resolutions’. Rather they have ‘good intentions’. Bonnes intentions pour la nouvelleRead More →

How is Hannukah celebrated in France. Are the traditions the same? What is different? Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

Hannukah celebrations this year are from the 18th to 26th December (2022). I wrote about celebrating Hannukah originally in our Fab Findings from France Facebook Group. It was interesting to research the traditions as well as variations for France. And I decided to expand on it here in a blogRead More →

Understanding pollarding with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

As we wax into winter my mind turns to pollarding. When I walk to the shops, or ‘go ‘walkies’ in the village with our dogs Chewie and Sanka, and take in the leaves on the ground my eyes inevitably rise up to the tree tops. And I wonder, will theyRead More →

You can listen to French radio anywhere in the world. Here are some stations we recommend at PumpjackPiddlewick

Pumpjack and I are agreed that one of the best ways to improve understanding French is to listen to French radio. Like the BBC in the UK, radio presenters speak more clearly, enunciating well, and not too fast. We have a number of stations we like to listen to –Read More →