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, new, well everything if one is so inclined. I have discovered that when change rears its head, it is worth thinking back to other changes I have made during my life. This remembrance helps to remind me that change is good. And that I can be good at it.

My Website

One change will be this website. I have a new look and plan happening. So if you suddenly see the site looking different, well, now you know why. It needs a new, fresher look. And more features.

It’s not a sudden choice though. Rather it has been planned for well over a year, with much thought particularly going into the direction and focus of the site and my writings. It’s healthy to review and update. And it’s something I like to do here periodically. Last time was quite a while ago, so this site is definitely ready for a change.

Shopping

I’ve also been reviewing my shops. This next year will see changes there too. My French Silk Scarf shop will broaden its inventory to not only include, well, more French silk scarves, but also items made from them. As you can imagine, I have great fun finding unique scarves. But quite a few are just not in good enough condition to offer to customers. Yet their uniqueness means I am loathe to simply add to a landfill. So I have been pondering ways to re-purpose. And have come up with some creative ideas.

PumpjackPiddlewick on Etsy will be updated, too. A better focus on stock and what customers like, want or are asking for. Certainly more of a taste of France. And more atunement to my writings here on this site. After all, I spend a lot of time researching, it’s a good way to pass on background on items I sell. I will also be adding a shop to this website in the coming year. The difference will be the shop here will be a platform for my creativity. My non-silk scarves too will find new life in example.

And I plan to bring back some paper projects. My Taking Time Too shop languishes often in the background. It provides digital vintage prints for craft projects. It too is in much need of new items. A large collection of which I have ready to be photographed. And once done, I will re-purpose these vintage papers into unique stationery and cards. Not just for myself, but as I used to do originally when I first opened my P&P shop.

Social Media Change

As part of the new shops, I have been re-thinking social media. I have coached many on not spreading themselves too thin. Time to take my own advice. Having a year, more or less, off the internet has helped me decide where my focus will take me.

It’s tempting to try all the mediums, but they take up a lot of time. Time to take a hard look and limit or not use at all those that garner little inter-activeness. I am ready for a change when it comes to being on the internet. It’s certainly a rabbit hole, and one in which I am happy to visit. But on my terms.

Taking into consideration my followers and those with like-minded interests you will now find P&P on Pinterest and Instagram. Twitter is out. I’ve toyed with the idea of YouTube, but that is a lot of focus and time. So, no. And Facebook will go back to personal communications with friends who prefer it there.

New Home

An almost year spent working on a Dutch hotel barge on the Burgundy canal gave me time to consider so many of my life’s choices. It was also an opportunity to earn money with no place to spend it. In consequence, a very big change is a new home of my own.

A wee little medieval manor. Okay more like a tiny house, but medieval in origins, with a small walled garden. It’s a restoration project of course, with the garden overgrown and the house itself in need of many upgrades. But doing up a house has always been on my bucket list.

Anticipate that this website will start to incorporate updates on the house, some of my new found DIY skills, and what it is like to restore an old house in France. It’s certainly a project that could easily overwhelm, but my mantra is ‘slowly, slowly, one thing at a time’.

On My Own

And the biggest change of all is all this change is on my own. On my own terms, my own time. A difficult decision to make as often the fear of loneliness can truly daunt. Add in a new start in a village where I don’t know anyone or even speak the language fluently, and I have really set myself a challenge.

But as we get older I think our minds like to settle into conformity, ease and comfort. And although there is nothing wrong with any of those, change is what keeps us young in heart and mind, less staid and essentially more in tune. I struggled against change over this past year, especially in the beginning. But in making changes, I have learned to embrace life’s changes more wholeheartedly, realised my inner strength and to understand what is truly important to me.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

by Robert Frost

PS

Here’s a taste from my Shops. Simply hover over an image to see categories, or click on an image to see more items in this area:

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2023-12-11

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