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.

Why are French ceramics particularly famous and unusual. We look into at Pumpjack & Piddlewick

When you think of France, do you think of French ceramics? Limoge typically comes to mind. But what about Sarreguimes, Creil and Montereau, or Moulin des Loups to name a few. Whether you are maker conscious or not, what does stand out with French ceramics is often the sheer quirkiness.Read More →

Some say the French are not Friendly. Is it true? We discuss at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have lost track of the number of times I have seen the question put out there ‘Why aren’t the French Friendly’? Or the other version ‘How come the French are so unfriendly’? Even sometimes a blanket statement ‘the French are not friendly’ or even rude. When I see this,Read More →

The vendage is what France calls the grape harvest that makes wines. Join in at Pumpjack & Piddlewick

A few years ago, due to a bad experience, I said, ‘never again’. And there is a saying ‘never say never again’. How very true. Fast forward to now and I find myself once again undertaking The Vendange. The vendange is a French term for the grape harvest here inRead More →

Discover all about French silk from history to types at PumpjackPiddlewick

Over the past few years, I have had to research silk quite a lot. When I started my French Silk Scarf shop it was simply because I had a passion for vintage scarves and especially those that were silk. I discovered others did too and the shop grew and grew.Read More →