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.

life is a basket of cherries and then you eat them at PumpjackPiddlewick

Life is a basket of cherries, and then you eat them. And make stuff out of them. Eat a few more, and make something more. Can you tell, it is cherry season here in France? Well, at least where we live. Our neighbours on either side have cherry trees. TheyRead More →

How we deal with brooding ducks at PumpjackPiddlewick

Tis the season, the time for brooding ducks. Now to most, brooding ducks means ducks sitting on nests, all quiet, peaceful and spring tranquil. Well, I am here to tell you… ‘Ha!’ I’ve mentioned before (in duck difficulties), in January here ducks start to pair up. It’s a hit orRead More →

How to build a duck home at PumpjackPiddlewick

Our duck enclosure has and always will be a work in progress. We learned a lot from the previous enclosure we made, where we lived before our new home. Now it was time to improve on our duck home. The three biggest learnt factors High walls of chicken wire giveRead More →

Planting fruits trees at PumpjackPiddlewick

The wee hours of this morning were spent trawling fruit tree sites, when I was meant to be writing. But such is the way sometimes that distraction comes along turning us from our intended plans. And yet, in being distracted, future plans have been made. How does your garden grow?Read More →