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.

Vineyard summer work with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Summer in the vineyard is the time for getting the vines ready to grow their grapes.  The scenery couldn’t be more gorgeous, well, unless it were Norway, but that is besides the point. As I work, I have the wonderful opportunity to look about me at a quilted hillside. LikeRead More →

Did you know you can travel all over France completely by water? The French canals and rivers will take you through cities and countryside. Let's explore with PumpjackPiddlewick

You may not know it, but France is crisscrossed by a series of canals. The French canal system connects to navigable rivers and thus the ocean. As well as other countries. You can actually boat throughout most of France (which is rather weird to say). Most of the big cities,Read More →

Want to be able to afford good wine - Start a Wine Cellar

How can one afford, let alone drink good wine year-round unless you are rich? That’s easy, start a wine cellar.  Anyone can do it, it’s easy. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. But what is a Wine Cellar? A wine cellar is, simplistically, a placeRead More →

Pumpjack Piddlewick Who We Are

If you’ve read any of our posts about working in a vineyard, you’ll be coming to realise that a vineyard’s work is never done.  Each season brings a different requirement. Obviously harvesting grapes in autumn, then there is pruning in winter. And spring in the vineyard? It’s all about de-budding. Read More →