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.

Keeping cool this summer with Pumpjack Piddlewick

This week the temperatures gave us hints of the summer to come. Evenings are still cool, but days are truly heating up. Gardening in the afternoon is out, unless it is in a shady bit, so it’s all change with my Etsy work. Swapping mornings for afternoons, the garden nowRead More →

Visiting a vide grenier in France with Pumpjack Piddlewick

A good portion of the reason I love having my shop is the search for items. A chance to shop ‘til I drop, but also not keep. Like many people, I love to visit garage sales / car boot sales, except here, they are called ‘vide grenier’. It literally translatesRead More →

Vineyard summer work with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Summer in the vineyard is the time for ‘tucking in the vines’.  I love the picture these words  create. It always makes me think of tucking the vines in to bed for the night.  And, in a way, it is a bit like that. Training your Vine As summer progressesRead More →

Is French Life Better? We give 10 reasons at PumpjackPiddlewick

We are coming up on our 1 year anniversary of living in our restoration home here in France. It got me to thinking, do I miss our life in the UK? The answer, is sometimes. Or rather, some things. We miss pubs, curry’s and being able to walk into, well,Read More →