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.

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 coffee. It’s a dark morning, clouded over. The lateness of the daylight still messes with me. I wait for first light to turn the coffee maker on. Time to throw on some trousers and a wooly sweater before braving the outside to let the ducksRead More →

Living in a restoration home at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living in a restoration home has its drawbacks, but also some surprising bonuses. Its definitely a world of pluses and minuses, with only a supposed end in sight. But then life is like that anyway, so maybe deadlines although helpful ought not to be the ultimate goal. The home weRead More →

A hising protector at PumpjackPiddlewick

Have you ever seen a goose hissing? They puff up their feathers, that long neck and head go down and their wings go up. And they make this hissing noise. It is quite fearsome. And so it should be as this is their protector mode. They are protecting their territories,Read More →