Autumn

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.

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 →

Favourite hobbies for the weekend at PumpjackPiddlewick

Sat in the duck enclosure on Sunday, taking the opportunity to enjoy one of my favourite hobbies ~ letter writing. The weather was gorgeous for this almost October day, sunny, warm and with a light breeze. It’s been a lovely quiet weekend of hobbies in fact. A chance after theRead 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 →

What about Walnuts - Foraging and Recipes at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the best things about living in France is… walnuts. Our village has walnut trees dotted all about, and in fact has been written up about it (even in a wine book of all places).  In autumn, when we take our dog for his walks we are always findingRead More →