Our weirdly wonderful stairs at PumpjackPiddlewick

If you have ever visited a castle you may have heard the reasoning that stairs curved upward clockwise to hinder an advancing enemy, who, normally right handed, would have his drawn sword consequently on the inner side of the stairwell as he climbed, whilst the defender would be free toContinue Reading

Last year I planted Chamomile, with no great success. I tried it in various places and had a little bit grow around my homemade birdbath. It produced one really good bunch of flowers, which were duly harvested and made into Chamomile tea. But what I had forgotten, when I hadContinue Reading

we make a hanging garden bed swing out of pallets for summer relaxation at PumpjackPiddlewick

I admit it wholeheartedly, I am in love with pallets. They are right up there with shipping containers in versatility. Though maybe, just slightly, more transportable and easier to work with. So, when I came across a picture on Pinterest for a hanging garden bed made from pallets, I fellContinue Reading

What does Terroir mean? Let's find out at PumpjackPiddlewick

We had a tasty Chablis last night with dinner. It got me to thinking how the wine is called ‘Chablis’ and not ‘Chardonnay’. You see, all the grapes growing around Chablis are Chardonnay. So go figure. In most countries we would say ‘Californian Chardonnay’ or ‘Australian Chardonnay’. Before I livedContinue Reading

how to reuse your morning coffee to rehydrate skin at PumpjackPiddlewick

This weekend I treated myself to making my luscious coffee scrub again. This time of year, cold and muddy, just begged me to bolster myself and rehydrate my skin. My skin has been feeling so dry, what with the heating on and lots of wool clothing. So, needs must. TimeContinue Reading