The Saint Vincent Tournante is Burgundy France's Thanksgiving but for wine makers. Let's discover more at PumpjackPiddlewick

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, though the concept behind ‘giving thanks’ can actually be found in many countries. For example, in Burgundy, France there is the Saint Vincent Tournante. A very French take on thanks giving. This is a festival that is normally held during the last weekend ofContinue Reading

I discover why petanque is so popular here in France. Let's find out here at PumpjackPiddlewick

There is a game in France that is popular throughout the country. I think it may even be the most popular game here. It is called Petanque. Yes, I would argue it is even more popular than football or rugby. This is because those are spectator sports, with only aContinue Reading

Why we chose a French village to live in at PumpjackPiddlewick

When I move in France, I take a lot of time to choose the French village I wish to live in. I have a list of criteria that determines what I look for. And thus far it has stood me in good stead. I took a lot of time toContinue Reading

French village life sometimes means the police at the door | PumpjackPiddlewick

I am a great fan of detective fiction. Give me a Sue Grafton, J.D. Robb and especially the classic Agatha Christie ‘who done it’ any day. Consequently, I read frequently of police at the door asking questions, garnering answers. It’s something you read about, but it just doesn’t happen inContinue Reading

The monster in the lake in our French village at PumpjackPiddlewick

Here’s a to do. Our village has it’s very own Loch Ness monster. Except we are in France. And it is not a loch but a small fishing lake. Still, we have our very own monster in the lake. And what excitement he has caused. And with just cause. HeContinue Reading