Hand made in France

Things are more appreciated when they are hand made. We try to make as much as possible by hand, from food to gates. We don’t believe in waste so if it can be re-made in to something, these hands will give it a go. And we are always on the look out for quality furniture and other hand made items in France.

Repairing and old deck chair with striped canvas at PumpjackPiddlewick

I am in love with deck chairs. I freely admit it. Especially if they are wooden with striped canvas. My passion for deck chairs began as a youngster. My Dutch grandparents had a garden allotment (on the edge of Amsterdam), complete with tiny summer house. Sort of like those youRead More →

How to build a bean trellis tunnel our of odd bits at PumpjackPiddlewick

Building a trellis tunnel was added to the garden plans this past autumn. Whilst sitting in the duck enclosure, envisioning Cafe du Canard, and looking at the dug up stone walling it seemed to make sense to plan something in this area. It is the sunniest corner of the enclosure.Read More →

finding lots of hand blown marbles in our restoration garden at PumpjackPiddlewick

There’s a lot to be learned about marbles. And note the ‘s’ ending. I’m not speaking of the stone we use sometimes for kitchen counters or fireplace surrounds. Rather, those little glass balls we used to play games with when we were kids. Those marbles. With an s. Actually, IRead More →

Crafting with toilet rolls at PumpjackPiddlewick

November is on the wane and it is now 1 month to Christmas. And I began collecting cardboard toilet rolls since September. I think I have enough now to make an Advent Calendar, plus some Christmas Crackers. Maybe even a Christmas Tree Star. Last year a linear advent calendar wasRead More →