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.

Waking up early happy moments at PumpjackPiddlewick

You may know that I start my days waking up early. Awake around 5am, I tiptoe quietly into the kitchen for mugs. If a cat deigns to wake and leave her bed by the warm heater she knows she will be fed. More often than not they prefer to waitRead More →

Join me in a morning cup of Coffee at PumpjackPiddlewick

My thoughts have turned towards wanting a cup of coffee. It’s a dark morning, clouded over. The time change of daylight dawning still messes with me. It shouldn’t, as ultimately the animals always let us know when it is their time to go to bed or get up. And itRead More →

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 →