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.

Home Sweet Home Our pet duck Maggie stacking her claim in the chicken and duck run at PumpjackPiddlewick

This spring we built a chicken duck enclosure. After much planning, reviewing and more planning, we finally threw all the ideas away and went for simple and inexpensive and the least amount of disruption to our feathered flock as possible. Creatures of Habit Chickens, and particularly ducks, well at leastRead More →

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

It had to be. You move to France, you’re learning French and you get a cat, so it would be required for someone to give you a little book called French for Cats. Like I said, it had to be. After all, your cat has to learn to understand FrenchRead More →

Which do you do a scarf or jewelery? Come join us in Discovering French Style at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have never owned much jewelry, but those items I do own are very precious to me. Not for their value, but for their memories. Since living here in France, I have come to realise I rarely wear any of my jewelry anymore. Rather, French scarves have taken over inRead More →

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

So you like to visit France. Maybe you are even thinking of buying a place here. Maybe you already have. And yet, maybe, though you love the country, you just don’t get ‘the French’. Like why don’t the French smile? Why, when driving, do they feel the need to driveRead More →