Country life

Country life has many connotations. For us it is about animals, fresh air, the quiet, long walks through woods and fresh, home grown food.

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 →

Big Dig 1 is nearing completion at PumpjackPiddlewick

Decisions, decisions, decisions. This weekend beckons me in to the restoration garden, where our two Big Dig’s are calling me to dig, dig, dig. Well, ok, in the case of Big Dig 1 (side B) it is more like shift, shift, shift. This past week, a couple hours each afternoonRead More →

Is country life really quiet and tranquil asks PumpjackPiddlewick

With this years Vendange finished, I took a couple days to simply sit in the garden. Sometimes reading, sometimes watching the antics of the ducks. Sometimes simply listening. And noticing, the not very quiet countryside. Life is never dull here, and certainly not quiet.  We moved to the country onlyRead More →

Harvesting champagne currants at PumpjackPiddlewick

This year we are awash in strawberries and raspberries from our garden. But sandwiched in between along one of our crumbling garden stone walls are two bushes of currants. One is red currants, the other Champagne currants. I had heard of red currants, and of course red currant jelly. ARead More →