Why is Vintage special? I give 7 reasons why to go vintage at PumpjackPiddlewick

I am very into old stuff. I simply love vintage and antiques. Always have done. But why, what’s so special about them, you may ask? I have heard, or overheard, sometimes that some people don’t like the idea of buying what others have owned, worn or used. Now if thatContinue Reading

Why one egg is enough for a French omelette? A little amusing Easter vignette from PumpjackPiddlewick

It’s Easter so I am thinking about eggs. And chickens. Okay, and always ducks. But then this time of year I do a lot of thinking about eggs. It’s a seasonal thing. And when I think about eggs, I am always reminded of the joke ~ Why do the FrenchContinue Reading

How to deal with nesting ducks in the spring at PumpjackPiddlewick

And now we enter the phase of nesting ducks. Somehow it seems appropriate that with Easter comes nesting ducks. I can definitely see why ducks (and chickens) and eggs have become synonymous. Typically winter is all about deciding on mates. This then leads into brooding ducks as winter wanes. NestingContinue Reading

What is the French Apero? Think Spanish Tapas, only French. We delve into this cultural phenomena here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Half the fun of learning about living in a different country is learning ‘the ways’ of it, e.g. for me ‘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 nibbleContinue Reading

I look at how to grow asparagus as well as strawberries at PumpjackPiddlewick

My vegetable garden has this space to the front that has been earmarked for asparagus from first moving in. Sort of L shaped and bordered by paths on one side, super handy for picking, but also a bit out of the way. The area one may have finally gotten toContinue Reading