Take Time to…

I love getting older. There, I have said it. And it is true, because, honestly, with ages does come wisdom, and a certain laissez-faire* attitude. (*the approach of leaving things to take their own course, without interfering.) And, I have learned how to simplify my life, take time for what matters, and in consequence, have found I am happier. I smile more, I certainly laugh more, and I enjoy life more.

Moving to the French countryside isn’t why I am happier, it has simply helped in opening my eyes to what is important in life, and consequently, how to embrace happiness more. Life shouldn’t be complicated or rushed, though it often tries to make itself so. So, it is up to us to simplify it and take time to…

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Home Sweet Home Our pet duck Maggie stacking her claim in the chicken and duck run at PumpjackPiddlewick

This spring we built a chicken duck enclosure. After much planning, reviewing and more planning, we finally threw all the ideas away and went for simple and inexpensive and the least amount of disruption to our feathered flock as possible. Creatures of Habit Chickens, and particularly ducks, well at leastRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

It had to be. You move to France, you’re learning French and you get a cat, so it would be required for someone to give you a little book called French for Cats. Like I said, it had to be. After all, your cat has to learn to understand FrenchRead More →

Are you taking care of your trees and pruning suckers? | PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the great benefits of living with someone who has a degree in oenology and viticulture (wine making and vineyard management) is that he is a wiz at pruning. Pumpjack really understands how things grow and what to do when. And, he is my mentor. Vineyards are just organisedRead More →

You are going to a Desert Island, what do you have to take with you? | Pumpjack Piddlewick

Probably because we have moved a lot (it’s a wine making thing), I got to thinking what items are particularly special to me, items I know will go with us in a move, items I couldn’t, wouldn’t be without. You know that, ‘you are allowed X items, what would youRead More →