When you start digging up a medieval garden you find all sorts of stuff. Let's discover at PumpjackPiddlewick

I bought a little house with a little walled garden. A medieval garden in fact. It is steeped in history, but having been left fallow for over a decade, it is currently very much in need of some loving care to bring it back to life. My back wall isContinue Reading

Living in a restoration home means living amongst mess and mayhem at PumpjackPiddlewick

Living in a restoration home has its drawbacks, but also some surprising bonuses. Its definitely a world of pluses and minuses, with an ever moving end in sight. But then life is like that anyway. So maybe deadlines, although helpful, ought not to be the ultimate goal. Rather I haveContinue Reading

The Saint Vincent Tournante is Burgundy France's Thanksgiving but for wine makers. Let's discover more at PumpjackPiddlewick

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, though the concept behind ‘giving thanks’ can actually be found in many countries. For example, in Burgundy, France there is the Saint Vincent Tournante. A very French take on thanks giving. This is a festival that is normally held during the last weekend ofContinue Reading

Hugelkultur raised beds are the best style of healthy gardening there is. Come discover with me at PumpjackPiddlewicl

When the going gets tough, the tough go gardening. And this should definitely include Hügelkultur. But let me digress a little. Raised beds are always on my veg garden agenda. Part save the knees and back, part stop the animals ‘playing’ amongst the veg (more the latter really, but IContinue Reading

How is Hannukah celebrated in France. Are the traditions the same? What is different? Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

Hannukah celebrations this year are from the 18th to 26th December (2022). I wrote about celebrating Hannukah originally in our Fab Findings from France Facebook Group. It was interesting to research the traditions as well as variations for France. And I decided to expand on it here in a blogContinue Reading