Living the French Life (Page 2)

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 →

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 →