I receive quite a few questions about French toilets. So let's see if I can answer yours here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have been thinking about French toilets. Don’t we all? Okay, maybe not most of you. But I have discovered as a guide, that it turns out many visitors to France have questions about them. So let’s see if I can answer some… A Little History Toilets started life asContinue Reading

I am discovering the wonderful variety of wines in the Loire Valley. Come and enjoy a taste with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

I am thoroughly enjoying myself guiding guests around the Loire valley in France. So many lovely varieties of grapes for wine, so many Chateaus to explore. The Loire is my special garden. One I don’t have to prune, but simply enjoy. And oh, my the choices! In case you didn’tContinue Reading

Cafe du Canard is my happy place. A place I created to sit and contemplate, consider and plan. Come join me at PumpjackPiddlewick

Everyone should have a Cafe du Canard in their life. A place they can go to reflect, think or simply be. With or without ducks (as ‘canard’ is the French word for duck.) To Start A favourite YouTuber of mine, Justine Leconte once posted a video about ‘5 ways toContinue Reading

Is it always quiet in France or is it in fact a noisy country. We look at the rules and etiquette of France noise levels here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Something I’ve noticed and started to get used to is that it’s really quite quiet in France. That’s not to say there is not any noise. But the noise level here is certainly reduced. On many fronts. And maybe that is what lends itself to the ‘French lifestyle’? Cities vsContinue Reading

If you are learning French then cognates can make learning much easier. I look at how here at PumpjackPiddlewick

When I began learning French I quickly discovered that there were many words I already knew. Result! In fact there are many many words that are actually the same. Same spelling, same meaning, just different pronunciation. Yes, this is where you get to put on your best French accent andContinue Reading