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.

Dealing with Duck Difficulties at PumpjackPiddlewick

This morning when I let the ducks out I could see we had duck difficulties. As we enter spring and mating to brooding season our little flock start to pair off. Never, of course, in a simple or easy manner. Nope. Our 9 ducks, 5 males / 4 females, insteadRead More →

There's a particularly beautiful time here at PumpjackPiddlewick

There is a particularly beautiful time of day where we live. It is when the sun peers over the horizon as she rises to start the day. Sat in Cafe du Canard, the suns rays come straight into it, warming the air and lessening the mornings chill. A golden glowRead More →

Duck sex season is here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Writing a letter to a friend on my newly positioned desk. Gazing out and watching the world walk by in between sentences written. When I hear the definite sounds of duck sex behind me. It sort of puts you off your creative flow. Turning around, I have to laugh asRead More →

how we live life by the weather at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living with animals, especially ducks and/or chickens, means you learn to live your life by the weather. Add in a vegetable garden and you truly start to cycle your days and set your routines by what the weather is going to do. Yesterday we woke up to snow. It’s notRead More →