Restoration home

We’ve bought an old restoration home in France. With no budget, but lots of time and skills, it is a very long term project of many phases. From converting an attic, to tearing down internal walls. Creating a rentable apartment, to converting a barn into our new home. Lots of planning, day dreaming and hard working are going into our long term home.

Are Antique Tools Better Blog Posts at Pumpjack Piddlewick

My father was a collector of antique tools, to my mother’s collection of antique kitchen utensils. I love them both for their often quirky, try to figure out what they initially are for, yet always quality craftsmanship. Antique Tools for the Workshop My Dad’s collection of antique tools had aRead More →

Living in a restoration home at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living in a restoration home has its drawbacks, but also some surprising bonuses. Its definitely a world of pluses and minuses, with an ever moving end in sight. But then life is like that anyway. So maybe deadlines, although helpful, ought not to be the ultimate goal. The home weRead More →

Sunday dreams and water plans for our duck enclosure at PumpjackPiddlewick

Sunday is our day for dreams. Grand plans are suggested, googled, YouTubed, discussed exaggerated. Our restoration home or garden is generally the focus, with whatever latest scheme we have dreamed up for it, or sometimes we revisit a previous idea. This Sunday’s (revisited) dreams were about building a stream, andRead More →

Unearthing cobblestones at PumpjackPiddlewick

We have discovered cobblestones in our courtyard. Actually, we knew there were cobblestones, we just hadn’t quite realised they were ‘COBBLESTONES!’. You see our courtyard has gravel in it. And gravel is very, very annoying at times. Fine if it is outside, say, in the garden. But when it isRead More →