A passion for letter writing dictates a chance to get outside, with animals, and write to friends here at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of my favourite past times of all time is to write and receive letters. There is something particularly joyous in this modern age, in treasuring the opposite of the instant. The anticipation of a letter is truly something special. Continue Reading

summer heat is here at PumpjackPiddlewick

The summer heat has arrived. After a prolonged spring, of which the garden is profoundly grateful, we have seemingly overnight transitioned from cool nights and warm days to just warm. Well, hot. It’s impact is felt not only in temperatures. Okay, mainly in temperatures, but also in what I doContinue Reading

what is the weather like in France? Is it all sunny days? We have a delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

Let’s talk about the weather. France’s weather is truly, truly varied – north to south, east to west, and even within areas the same can be applied. After all, it is a big country, with an ocean to the left, mountains to the right, flat plains to the top andContinue Reading

Harvesting champagne currants at PumpjackPiddlewick

This year I am awash in strawberries and raspberries from my garden. But sandwiched in between, along one crumbling garden stone wall, are two bushes of currants. One is red currants, the other Champagne currants. (And I have added a black currant bush now for even more diversity.) I hadContinue Reading

summer in the vineyard at Pumpjack Piddlewick

Summer in the vines means they are all tucked in. Ready to bask like a tanning guru on a beach towel in the summer sun. Job done. (Hoooo-Ray!!) The next couple months the currently tiny grapes will grow and grow (hopefully) and by late August or September reach their fruitionContinue Reading