Summer (Page 2)

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.

Harvesting champagne currants at PumpjackPiddlewick

Recently I wrote about cherries. We are still awash with cherries, as the tree of our neighbour on the other side of us is almost buried under them. So I am still carrying on making cherry things. But in the background. As currently it is all about currants, and specificallyRead More →

How to build garden raised beds out of pallets at PumpjackPiddlewick

Recently we have had a lot of rain. Rain, rain, rain. Plu, plu, plu. (Don’t you just love the French word for rain? It sounds just like a drop of rain hitting a surface.) It’s a good excuse to build some new raised beds. This time out of pallets. GettingRead More →

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 →