Chickens and ducks

Our feathered funny friends, they make us laugh with their antics, particularly when they run. They are extremely friendly and can also be quite moody. Currently we have a rooster, Mr Coq, aka the face of Pumpjack, Gertrude, our large grey chicken who loves her food, Goth, our regal and quiet black hen, and finally our little Piddlewick, our tiny brown chicken and the boss of the chickens. Then there are the ducks, children of Maggie, our pet duck. Sir Studly is our resident (and only, hence the name) male, Tequila, the leader of the pack when Maggie is not in residence, Sunrise, otherwise known as Sunny for disposition, and following or leading, depending how you look at it, there is BeepBeep. She is the smallest, the runt, but also the smartest and has wormed her way into our hearts and house. And as it is a busy garden, we also have an assortment of owls, blackbirds, wood doves, sparrows, finches…

Duckling and ducks at Pumpjack Piddlewick

With joy oft times comes sorrow. It was all change of plans this weekend as our little runt duckling was poorly. He and I spent a lovely two days taking the pace down to a crawl, watching movies together on the sofa, doing a little gentle gardening, snuggling through theRead More →

Ducks first snow at Pumpjack Piddlewick

A north wind has been blowing through here and yesterday it brought a light snow fall. It didn’t stick around beyond mid day. The ducks were not quite sure what to make of it. They have only seen snow once before. They don’t like change, so there was much discussion.Read More →

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 →

Can Ducks be Pets - Duck Tales and FAQs at PumpjackPiddlewick

As part of our duck tales, I posted a picture of our duck Maggie sleeping on Pumpjack’s shoulder on Instagram (@PumpjackPiddlewick). There were lots of likes. And then, a comment to the affect, ‘Ewwww, there is just something wrong with having a duck as a pet’. It got me toRead More →