Cats and dogs

The cast of characters amongst our cats and dogs are~ Gingembre (Ginger in English), or Gigi for short, is a cat with savoir faire. She has learned to catch mice and moles whilst leaving all the other critters alone. Well, maybe the odd pounce or two. She is mother to Lapsong Suchong, our grey tiger who has issues, and Noisette (hazelnut in French) our tortoiseshell, the little loner. Our dog Chewie is a standard sized dachshund. He is larger than a miniature, weighing in at over 17kg. Originally dachshunds were badger hunters, digging and going down their holes after them, hence the shorter legs, loose skin and long body. Chewie loves nothing better than wooing the ladies, or digging holes. Decisions, decisions. And last to join us is Sanka. She is a Bergeron Griffon cross. Long and gangly of limb she bounds through life with exuberance and pure joy. A truly happy soul.

Walkies with our dogs is sometimes laugh out loud as we are joined by other animals. Come join in at PumpjackPiddlewick

With this years vendange (grape harvest done) and feeling rather fit from it. Yes! I decided I needed something to entice me out and about in our village on a more regular basis. And thus my stint as the early evening dog walker began. So let’s talk Walkies.  Normally theRead More →

Foraging for sloes on our dog walk at PumpjackPiddlewick

I discovered bushes and bushes (or are they trees?) of sloes the other day when I took our dogs, Chewie and Sanka, for a walk. Normally Pumpjack is the designated walker. It helps keep things routine orientated, our standard sized dachshund’s preferred method. Chewie likes walks at almost the exactRead More →

Summer night thunderstorms at PumpjackPiddlewick

Last night was a late night (11pm!), and one of those happy moments to treasure. It was hot, too hot. That hot summer night you get before a thunderstorm, with the odd quiet flash of lightening to punctuate the dark. The windows were flung open and at last the coolerRead More →

We’ll blame Gigi, our cat, for Maggie, our pet duck, learning to fly. Gigi and Maggie came into our household only weeks apart, both as babies, e.g. kitten and duckling. So they grew up together as siblings. And like sibling sisters, they loved and loathed each other. Gigi loved toRead More →