I receive quite a few questions about French toilets. So let's see if I can answer yours here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have been thinking about French toilets. Don’t we all? Okay, maybe not most of you. But I have discovered as a guide, that it turns out many visitors to France have questions about them. So let’s see if I can answer some… A Little History Toilets started life asContinue Reading

Getting old happens, and for me it's kind a cool. I like getting older. Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

As I get older I realise it’s rather neat. That I like getting older. Exploring the world, but also myself. It’s true what they say, with age comes wisdom. Well, at least I like to think so. I do like that I understand myself better, my strengths and weaknesses. AndContinue Reading

This past weekend was all about merde. Shit in French. A weekend musing from PumpjackPiddlewick

The lovely weather brought the sounds of playing children, sawing, lawn mowing, and ‘merde’. And I for one couldn’t stop laughing at the sounds of spring. It was a gorgeous sunny weekend. The sort that begs you to be outside. So I was. And all my neighbours seemed to beContinue Reading

Discovering kindness and how to counteract anger at my local bakery from PumpjackPiddlewick

Whilst enjoying my morning cup of coffee, I got to musing. Remembering really because a memory was triggered and I was reminded how much further kindness goes than anger. And, I hope it continues to stand me in good stead to remember this in the future. Let me tell youContinue Reading

What is it like to maintain hygiene whilst living in and restoring a medieval house. We reveal at PumpjackPiddlewick

Today I want to talk to you about restoration hygiene. Particularly medieval style hygiene and how it applies to restoration work. Probably the number one question I get about living in a restoration house is ‘how do you wash’, or essentially stay clean. And especially as the nature of restorationContinue Reading