Summer

In summer the shade of the trees creates a wonderful contrast here to the heat of the sun. As our summers get very hot, we are making certain to have lots of shaded areas in our garden. We also practise shutter shutting to keep cool air in the house.

Summer night thunderstorms at PumpjackPiddlewick

Last night was a late night (11pm!), and one of those happy moments to treasure. It was hot, too hot. That hot you get before a thunderstorm, with the odd quiet flash of lightening to punctuate the dark. The windows were flung open and at last the cooler night airRead More →

summer in the vineyard at Pumpjack Piddlewick

The vines are all tucked in and 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 September reach their fruition here. The hot sun of theRead More →

Tucking in the vines with Pumpjack Piddlewick

In the vines, in the vines, where the sun (generally always, though not this week, hooray!) shines. The scenery couldn’t be more gorgeous, well, unless it were Norway, but that is besides the point. As I work, tucking in loose vine arms, I have the wonderful opportunity to look aboutRead More →

Keeping cool this summer with Pumpjack Piddlewick

This week the temperatures gave us hints of the summer to come. Evenings are still cool, but days are truly heating up. Gardening in the afternoon is out, unless it is in a shady bit, so it’s all change with my Etsy work. Swapping mornings for afternoons, the garden nowRead More →