Closet Change Day Featured Blog Post at PumpjackPiddlewick

As autumn rushes in and pushes toward winter, there is something I really look forward to, my own special Closet Change Over Day. It is something I have been doing for goodness knows how long, and still it is a true treat.  Such a treat in fact that I thinkContinue Reading

what is the weather like in France? Is it all sunny days? We have a delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

Let’s talk about the weather. France’s weather is truly, truly varied – north to south, east to west, and even within areas the same can be applied. After all, it is a big country, with an ocean to the left, mountains to the right, flat plains to the top andContinue Reading

We are cooking with Pumpkins at PumpjackPiddlewick

Whether it is images for Halloween or the cornucopia concept of harvest, autumn to me can be summed up in one word ~ Pumpkins.  There is something about these roly-poly orange veg that just makes me smile.  (Maybe that is why we are driven to carve toothy faces into them?)Continue Reading

What about Walnuts - Foraging and Recipes at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the best things about living in France is… walnuts. Most villages have walnut trees dotted all about.  In autumn, I make a point of going for walks, looking for walnuts underfoot. I have gotten in the habit of carrying a bag or basket with me to make theContinue Reading

Growing garlic is something I had never tried. I am a garlic virgin. But it turned out to be easier than I thought. Let's see what's involved at PumpjackPiddlewick

If you have read any of my gardening posts you understand that I classify myself as a Garden Virgin.  I suspect no matter how many years I garden, I will always think of myself as such.  Why? Because other than the occasional foray into ‘how to?’ on the internet IContinue Reading