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.

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

A lovely friend who knows my passion for scarves gifted me recently with a fun little book ‘The Art of the Scarf’. Big Ideas in Little Packages This handbag sized book is filled with ideas. Not only the ‘how to’ of tying a scarf in multiple orientations, but also otherRead More →

Whats all the fuss about French Markets with 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 Am-aaa-zing. But is it? Now I am a foodie. Yup, I love food. But not just to eat, toRead More →

Reflective musings on 2019 here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love celebrating a New Year. Not because of the whole Champagne party thing, but simply as a rejuvenation in ideas, energy, plans and reflective musings. A Change is as Good as a Rest The days are already startingRead More →

Exploring misconceptions about France with PumpjackPiddlewick

We recently had people visit, visitors who generally travelled a lot but hadn’t been to France in years, and when they had been it was always to Paris. This was their first trip to the countryside of France. And they couldn’t get over the difference. The told us the FrenchRead More →