Autumn (Page 2)

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.

Playing in Puddles is much more fun when done with ducks | PumpjackPiddlewick

Nothing beats playing in puddles, especially for a duck. Strangely enough our Maggie didn’t like the rain. In fact she would find all sorts of ways to get out of it. But give her a puddle, and she was 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 →

Building compost bins out of pallets at PumpjackPiddlewick

When we first moved to France to look after a petite Chateau, there were a few obvious projects that attracted our attention. The vegetable garden, which had gone to seed. And, the compost bins. Or rather the compost heap. Literally. It was a heap. As we wanted compost for theRead More →