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.

Achoo! Hay Fever season is upon Pumpjack & Piddlewick

Hay fever season is upon me. Achoo! Or if I was sneezing in French ~ Atchoum! (Though I have also seen it spelled Achoum.) I just discovered, as you do, that someone who is deaf doesn’t ‘Achoo’ when they sneeze. Interesting. (Popular Science) And that’s all I feel I canRead More →

Barn swallows in our house at Pumpjack Piddlewick

They’re baaccck! We know spring has arrived when the barn swallows return. And we can always tell when they return, because, quite honestly, they are noisy little buggers. When we moved into our new old restoration home it didn’t take long to notice the barn swallows. (As well as theRead More →

we make a hanging garden bed swing out of pallets for summer relaxation at PumpjackPiddlewick

I admit it wholeheartedly, I am in love with pallets. They are right up there with shipping containers in versatility. Though maybe, just slightly, more transportable and easier to work with. So, when I came across a picture on Pinterest for a hanging garden bed made from pallets, I fellRead More →

How having a busted computer simplified my life at PumpjackPiddlewick

At the beginning of last summer an ant got into my laptop. The next thing I knew I did not have use of the A C F N and X keys. Not to mention a few numbers and symbols. Life on a busted computer ground to a snails pace. EmailsRead More →