Autumn

Autumn is the season of harvest for us, harvesting of grapes in particular (as we are winemakers) and much of our garden veg, but also foraging time for mushrooms, walnuts, hazelnuts, and fruit picking time in the orchard.

Join me in my favourite hobbies at PumpjackPiddlewick

Looking forward to the weekend and taking the opportunity to enjoy one of my favourite hobbies ~ letter writing. The weather is gorgeous this October, sunny and warm, especially for autumn. I have a lovely quiet weekend of hobbies planned. A chance after the grape harvest to relax, rejuvenate andRead More →

Puddles are for playing in at PumpjackPiddlewick

Nothing beats playing in puddles, especially for a duck. Strangely enough our Maggie doesn’t like the rain. In fact she will find all sorts of ways to get out of it. But give her a puddle, and she is like a pig in mud. This time of year we seeRead More →

Quiet time in the PumpjackPiddlewick household

It’s that quiet time just before dawn that is a true favourite. When the sky lightens infinitesimally, before suddenly it is morning. With autumn on its way and of course the days getting shorter, my quiet time is getting later and later. What seems to have been a consistent earlyRead More →

how we live life by the weather at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living with animals, especially ducks and/or chickens, means you learn to live your life by the weather. Add in a vegetable garden and you truly start to cycle your days and set your routines by what the weather is going to do. Yesterday we woke up to snow. It’s notRead More →