Spring

Spring is lovely and long here, near Beaune in France. It starts in February with the daffodils blooming followed by the asparagus shoots appearing in March. Then the strawberries come into fruit. And then there are the eggs… Spring is when our flock gets broody and we are up to our eyes in eggs.

How to build garden raised beds out of pallets at PumpjackPiddlewick

Recently we have had a lot of rain. Rain, rain, rain. Plu, plu, plu. (Don’t you just love the French word for rain? It sounds just like a drop of rain hitting a surface.) It’s a good excuse to build some new raised beds. This time out of pallets. GettingRead More →

Having the patience to grow asparagus at PumpjackPiddlewick

Our vegetable garden has this space off to the right that has been earmarked for asparagus from the very beginning. It’s tucked away to the side, not quite out of sight, but definitely a bit out of mind. The area one may have finally gotten to after all else wasRead More →

Nesting ducks on Easter at PumpjackPiddlewick

And now we enter the phase of nesting ducks. Somehow it seems appropriate that with Easter comes nesting ducks. We can definitely see why ducks (and chickens) and eggs have become synonymous. We went from our duck difficulties of finding a mate in February to brooding ducks in March. NestingRead More →

A weekend of merde here at PumpjackPiddlewick

The weekend 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. Pumpjack was even seen more than usual, leavingRead More →