Living the French Life

There’s an old Elvis Presley song (and movie) ‘You gotta follow that dream wherever that dream may lead…’ Ours has lead 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. We’re a cottage industry ~ literally we live in a cottage ~ supporting our Dream by selling what we make on Etsy and doing odd jobs in between recovering and developing a local vineyard.

Whoop, whoop! Big celebration over here at Pumpjack & Piddlewick. We are celebrating our 1 year anniversary of our ‘French Silk Scarf‘ shop on Etsy! I’ll give you one guess what it sells. The Why’s Why a second and very focused shop? After reviewing and reflecting on our Pumpjack &Read More →

Indulging in Cremant de Bourgogne with PumpjackPiddlewick

Over indulged in Cremant de Bourgogne last night. But my oh my it was tasty, refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable. No reason, no celebration, simply a quiet night in with my loved ones. Well, that is reason enough, isn’t it? You may well ask what Cremant de Bourgogne is, which requiresRead More →

Village Life and flea markets at Pumpjack Piddlewick

Our village held its annual fête this past weekend, a wonderfully, traditional 3 day long event. Called the Fête Patronale. It included parades, rifle marksmanship competitions, petanque, fair ground rides for kids and even a flea market. The occasion began in 1427 as a bird shooting competition, hence the rifleRead More →

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

I remember seeing Julia Child on TV as a young kid. My mother was enamoured of her, though I can’t remember very many French dishes making it to our dining table. But then, as children, my younger brother and I were probably not the best testing ground for such lovelyRead More →