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.

Why we chose a French village to live in at PumpjackPiddlewick

We moved to our French village a couple years ago now. It’s been a slow settling in, which has given us the chance to really come to understand the dynamics of village life. Previously we were in a very rural place, surrounded by farm fields, cows and crops. Before thatRead More →

The myths and truths about Ducks and Water explored at PumpjackPiddlewick

There are a lot of myths, untruths and unknowns when it comes to ducks and water. So let’s debunk a few and explain some truths. Ducks need water. That is a fact. They need it for several reasons, though surprisingly not for swimming. A duck doesn’t actually have to swim,Read More →

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 →