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.

Reflective musings on 2019 here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love celebrating a New Year. Not because of the whole Champagne party thing, but simply as a rejuvenation in ideas, energy, plans and reflective musings. A Change is as Good as a Rest The days are already startingRead More →

Exploring misconceptions about France with PumpjackPiddlewick

We recently had people visit, visitors who generally travelled a lot but hadn’t been to France in years, and when they had been it was always to Paris. This was their first trip to the countryside of France. And they couldn’t get over the difference. The told us the FrenchRead More →

Baby its cold outside at PumpjackPiddlewick

We’re enjoying a cold snap. And I do say enjoying (sort of) as after all it is winter, and winter has connotations of cold. At least to me. I grew up in the northern hemisphere, in cold places. And its funny how that dictated where I have travelled. Having doneRead More →

Understanding pollarding with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

As we wax into winter my mind turns to pollarding. When I walk to the shops, or ‘go ‘walkies’ in the village with our dog Chewie, and take in the leaves on the ground my eyes inevitably rise up to the tree tops. And I wonder, will they be pollardedRead More →