Spring

Spring is lovely and long here, near Chablis, starting in February with the daffodils blooming followed by the asparagus shoots appearing and then the strawberries coming into fruit. And then there are the eggs… Spring is when we get up to 8 eggs a day.

Closet Change Day Featured Blog Post at PumpjackPiddlewick

As springs pushes toward summer, there is something I really look forward to, my own special Closet Change Day. It is something I have been doing for goodness knows how long, and still it is a true treat.  Such a treat in fact that I think it should be nominatedRead More →

How to make a vertical garden out of recycled water bottles part 2 at PumpjackPiddlewick

As garden virgins, through research, trial and error, we have tried a series of different planting methods to see what has worked well: raised beds, pallet planters, wattling bed and making a hanging vertical garden wall. All were made using recycled materials and worked to varying degrees. We made almostRead More →

WIld Violets foraged for tea and syrup at PumpjackPiddlewick

I know Spring is on its way when the yellows and purples start to show up in the garden. Daffodils start show their sunny faces and purple violets peek up at me from the ground. Make Me Smile Flowers Violets are my favourite flower, which in a way is aRead More →

Are you taking care of your trees and pruning suckers? | PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the great benefits of living with someone who has a degree in oenology and viticulture (wine making and vineyard management) is that he is a wiz at pruning. Pumpjack really understands how things grow and what to do when. And, he is my mentor. Vineyards are just organisedRead More →