Living in a restoration home means living amongst mess and mayhem at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living in a restoration home has its drawbacks, but also some surprising bonuses. Its definitely a world of pluses and minuses, with an ever moving end in sight. But then life is like that anyway. So maybe deadlines, although helpful, ought not to be the ultimate goal. Rather I haveContinue Reading

Discovering kindness and how to counteract anger at my local bakery from PumpjackPiddlewick

Whilst enjoying my morning cup of coffee, I got to musing. Remembering really because a memory was triggered and I was reminded how much further kindness goes than anger. And, I hope it continues to stand me in good stead to remember this in the future. Let me tell youContinue Reading

When restoring a house, heating is part of that work. I muse on restoration heating at PumpjackPiddlewick

What would be a restoration mini medieval manor without restoration heating? That means, really, well, there isn’t any. The house has 4 rooms, and 3 of them were heated by wood stoves. The flew openings (covered up) are still there. The wood burners long since gone. Wood stoves I loveContinue 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

Let me tell you a story of canals and coincidences here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have a little story to tell. A story of boats, canals and coincidences. How sometimes life circles around on itself. Almost exactly 5 years ago, I enjoyed a visit from my parents here to France. I was looking after a Chateau at the time. But it was also aContinue Reading