Vignettes

Taking a moment in time and savouring it, saving it and sharing it as little vignettes of life.

Bath time for ducks is a playful time at PumpjackPiddlewick

I’m sat in the ducks’ enclosure laughing as I type this. It’s bath time and our ducks and young ducklings, now teenagers, are frolicking in the pond. The hose pipe is on and the flowing water is filling the pond to overflowing. Moving water creates such playfulness in ducks. TheyRead More →

The blackberries are ripening at PumpjackPiddlewick

The blackberries are in season! The hot days of summer have ripened these hedgerow fruits. They are plump and juicy, glistening by the paths and walkways, just waiting to be collected and eaten. Pumpjack’s thrice daily (or more if Chewie has his way) dog walks gives me an early warningRead More →

Maggie pet duck's brood is broken at PumpjackPiddlewick

The brood is broken. And life is back to ‘normal’. Maggie (pet duck) had decided in her infinite hormonal wisdom to have a third nest this year. Not good. Besides not wishing to have more ducklings this year, not to mention Maggie being a terrible Mum, it was also puttingRead More →

Our nest is empty now at Pumpjack Piddlewick

The nest is empty. Or should that be – we, or at least our resident barn swallows, are empty nesters? The fledglings have flown and our hallway is now quiet. It’s a real case of missing something when it is gone. I loved the early morning chatter I awoke toRead More →