Cats and dog

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, and Noisette (hazelnut in French) our tortoiseshell. Chewie is our standard sized dachshund. He is larger than a miniature, weighing in at 13kg. Originally dachshunds were badger hunters, digging and going down their holes after them, hence the shorter legs, loose skin and long body. Chewie by name is also by nature. He likes nothing more than to chew on sticks, balls or blankets.

Buying a new home in France with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Pumpjack & Piddlewick have moved! Nope, not the website sort of move, but the physical, moving house, new home sort of move. Our Dream in coming to France has been focused on wine making (underway), setting up our own businesses (*details at bottom), improving our French (could be better, butRead More →

Cat carriers are not just for cats at PumpjackPiddlewick

Have you ever given a thought about the humble cat carrier? Thought not. Most people don’t give it a glance until it gets called into play to take their cat to the vet. If the cat carrier had a conscience, it would feel pretty miserable about itself. But cat carriersRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

It had to be. You move to France, you’re learning French and you get a cat, so it would be required for someone to give you a little book called French for Cats. Like I said, it had to be. After all, your cat has to learn to understand FrenchRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

This is an animal lovers must read, particularly for you dog lovers out there. Plague Dogs is by the author of Watership Dow. A little known book (in comparison) by Richard Adams, it is one to pull the heart strings. I can guarantee you will be rooting aloud as theRead More →