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.

Autumn is a time of renewal in France at PumpjackPiddlewick

Sure there is New Year’s for resolutions and new beginnings, but here in France there is la rentrée. Simply put it is the time when kids go back to school. But it is also a time of renewal. Most French people, especially with kids, take a major holiday in August.Read More →

relaxing in our living room with cats dog duck and two guinea pigs

It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon. The day is overcast, so a tad cooler. Gabby and I have just come in from a little weeding in the garden and picking some vegetables for tonight’s dinner. The perfect opportunity to enjoy a sit down over a cup of tea in our livingRead More →

Introducing our littlest cat Noisette at PumpjackPiddlewick

We have three cats; Gigi, our ginger female, Lapsong Suchong, our grey tiger girl, and Noisette our tortoiseshell little explorer and snuggle monster. Noisette is the youngest and the smallest. And our most independent. She always has been. Of her kitten siblings she was the only one to figure outRead More →

making a climbing bean tipi basket at PumpjackPiddlewick

Uh oh, serious Oops. I planted climbing beans amongst my dwarf beans in the veg garden by accident. I have been watching their little tendrils snake upwards in search of something to climb, pondering what to do. A little research and decided on building a climbing bean teepee. As climbingRead More →