country life

Duck teenagers at PumpjackPiddlewick

We are awash with teenagers. Okay, maybe only 3, but like all teenagers they give the impression that there are far more. Pecan, Pumpkin and Pi are our 3 little ducklings that survived to maturity and, against all expectations (and hope), all turned out to be girls. Hooray! In aRead More →

The vendange or grape harvest is on at PumpjackPiddlewick

This past week in our area was the grape harvest. Early morning traffic was all about tractors and full cars heading out to vineyards. The rain was coming and those sun filled grapes needed picking before it arrived. In the past Pumpjack, as the wine maker, has always been involvedRead More →

Ducks need grit to aid in digesting at PumpjackPiddlewick

Did you know ducks need grit to digest? No, I didn’t know either, until Maggie came into our lives. Maggie’s water bowl used to be cleaned diligently and she, at every opportunity, would try to put dirt, sand, grit, gravel you name it back into the clean water. It becameRead More →

These are a few of my Favourite Things at PumpjackPiddlewick

An absolute favourite thing to do is sit in our duck enclosure. Whether I am reading, writing (like now), or simply watching. The peace and serenity is a beauteous thing. The odd car going by on the road on the other side of our little valley may interrupt. And justRead More →