I am forcing my French to improve by immersing myself with no other option but to learn faster here at PumpjackPiddlewick

That’s right, I am forcing my French. This is not for the feint hearted. Don’t try this at home. At least if you aren’t visiting or don’t live in France. I am in need of, as well as desirous of, improving my French. Fast. And I have taken a certainContinue Reading

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