Birds of a feather

Our birds of a feather are such funny fellows. They make us laugh with their antics. They are extremely friendly and can also be quite moody. We have been carers to a rooster and chickens. Looked after a disabled chicken called Poule Noir. Been home to a family of barn swallows. And rescued a dove, just to name a few. We also have a tawny owl, blackbirds, wood doves, sparrows, finches and more in our garden. And, of course, there are the ducks.

a murder of crows - predator or protector of ducks | PumpjackPiddlewick

We have a murder of crows. Yes, a flock of crows is actually called a murder (etymology link). They live in a big tree at the bottom of our garden. Well, actually they live or fly between a triangular series of trees encompassing our house and barn, but mostly theyRead More →

Dealing with Duck Difficulties at PumpjackPiddlewick

This morning when I let the ducks out I could see we had duck difficulties. As we enter spring and mating to brooding season our little flock start to pair off. Never, of course, in a simple or easy manner. Nope. Our 9 ducks, 5 males / 4 females, insteadRead More →

looking at interspecies living at PumpjackPiddlewick

There are good days, and bad days, when it comes to interspecies living. Today was a bad day. Well, not really. A bit of an exaggeration, especially as the day has barely started. The weather is cold and the cats have taken to staying in. They are not used to,Read 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 →