Managing my wild garden is part lack of time, part awareness and part live and let live at PumpjackPiddlewick

As a relative newbie to gardening, each year I set myself the task of trying at least one new thing in it. As my garden is currently loving the rain, growing like crazy and going wild, I have decided to cultivate a wild garden this year. It’s also an excuseContinue Reading

Eating alone can be scary and lonely, but I learned to love eating alone and eating healthier in consequence here at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the slightly off piste things I worried about when I moved into my new yet medieval home was trying to be healthy whilst also cooking and eating alone. It was a whole new world for me to navigate. I didn’t rush into plans, but took my time seeingContinue Reading

Cafe du Canard is my happy place. A place I created to sit and contemplate, consider and plan. Come join me at PumpjackPiddlewick

Everyone should have a Cafe du Canard in their life. A place they can go to reflect, think or simply be. With or without ducks (as ‘canard’ is the French word for duck.) To Start A favourite YouTuber of mine, Justine Leconte once posted a video about ‘5 ways toContinue Reading

Is it always quiet in France or is it in fact a noisy country. We look at the rules and etiquette of France noise levels here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Something I’ve noticed and started to get used to is that it’s really quite quiet in France. That’s not to say there is not any noise. But the noise level here is certainly reduced. On many fronts. And maybe that is what lends itself to the ‘French lifestyle’? Cities vsContinue Reading

What is reverse retirement? And how to do it? We look at doing things backwards at PumpjackPiddlewick

I’ve realised in life, I’ve done it backwards. I’m not working towards retirement. Rather I have reversed retirement. Okay it’s not truly a ‘thing’. But maybe it should be in this day and age? Let Me Try to Explain At a young age, even before I started working,was the realisationContinue Reading