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.

Understanding about French Shutters with Pumpjack Piddlewick

France has a love affair with shutters. And now that I am ‘in the know’ about these window dressings, I have gone native. I have joined our village in opening and closing these things daily. Actually, main times daily. Shut up tight If you have never been to France, typically,Read More →

Foraging - 8 reasons why you should try it from PumpjackPiddlewick

Foraging for food is one of my all time favourite things. I mean, who doesn’t like fresh food for free? But it is not just that. Foraging is fantastic on so many levels. 1. Going Seasonal I am all about seasonal foods. I think it is an incredible luxury toRead More →

Buying a new home in France with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Pumpjack & Piddlewick have moved! Nope, not the website sort of move, but the physical, moving house, new home sort of move. Our Dream in coming to France has been focused on wine making (underway), setting up our own businesses (*details at bottom), improving our French (could be better, butRead More →

When in France you must do an Apero Featured Blog Posts at PumpjackPiddlewick

Half the fun of learning about living in a different country is learning ‘the ways’ of it, e.g. ‘what do the French do?’ Well the French do an Apero. Qu’est-ce que c’est? An Apero is a little like Spanish tapas. That is, it’s a drink and a nibble in theRead More →