A passion for letter writing dictates a chance to get outside, with animals, and write to friends here at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of my favourite past times of all time is to write and receive letters. There is something particularly joyous in this modern age, in treasuring the opposite of the instant. The anticipation of a letter is truly something special. Continue Reading

Why do we get excited about French markets? Are they truly that special? I delve into the topic here at PumpjackPiddlewick

You may have noticed that any cooking show about food and France always shows someone shopping in a French market. Sniffing veg, squeezing fruit and generally making out that this is Ah-maaa-zing. But is it? When in France Now I am a foodie. Yup, I love food. But not justContinue 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 am learning how to simplify the overwhelming here at PumpjackPiddlewick. It's worth giving a try.

This past year has been tough here at Pumpjack & Piddlewick. As I am sure it has been for many of you. It has been easy to be overwhelmed. Surprisingly, at least to me, ‘simplifying the overwhelming’ has really helped. Now what the heck does that mean? Well, for thoseContinue Reading

It's time for some major changes here at PumpjackPiddlewick. Are you ready for a change?

There are so many changes afoot here at Pumpjack & Piddlewick, it’s just a tad overwhelming. Where to start? Well, how about at the beginning. Ready for a change? Change can sometimes be frightening, particularly as we grow older. But it can also be exceptionally exciting. New adventures, new people,Continue Reading