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 I live. My neighbours on either side have cherry trees. TheyContinue Reading

green tomatoes to cook with at PumpjackPiddlewick

As the days close in I now take an hour at lunchtime to spend in the garden with the ducks as mornings and evenings don’t give me the same freedom any more. We normally take the time to clear an area. Me pruning or pulling, the ducks eating the wormyContinue Reading

What about Walnuts - Foraging and Recipes at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the best things about living in France is… walnuts. Most villages have walnut trees dotted all about.  In autumn, I make a point of going for walks, looking for walnuts underfoot. I have gotten in the habit of carrying a bag or basket with me to make theContinue Reading

Foraging for sloes on our dog walk at PumpjackPiddlewick

I discovered bushes and bushes (or are they trees?) of sloes the other day when I took our dogs, Chewie and Sanka, for a walk. Normally Pumpjack is the designated walker. It helps keep things routine orientated, our standard sized dachshund’s preferred method. Chewie likes walks at almost the exactContinue Reading

Do you consider mustard a weed - PumpjackPiddlewick

I have given up on weeds. Okay, maybe not entirely, but I have decided to live and let live. And eat. In reading and watching lots of ‘how to’ in gardening, weeds are a verbose topic throughout the medium. Generally with a view as to how to eradicate. Well, maybeContinue Reading