La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Bouquet of Roses - Twice the Pleasure


Whenever I do the grocery shopping, I usually bring a (cheapo) bouquet of roses.  I brightens up the sitting room and my day.
They don't last very long, about a week or so and then their heads start to droop. 

That's when the second pleasure comes. I sever their little heads from their scrawny bodies (read : I cut the flowers off the stems)
Place them in a bowl, sprinkle some rose essential oil over them and you have fresh and natural potpourri.

They will dry out further and when the time comes and they are covered with dust, I already have another bouquet on the go and the old ones can go on the compost heap.
Still, you can get a few weeks out of them and top up with more roses and essential oil. Sometimes I use lavender oil, very confusing for the passers by. ;)

Patricia xxx...x

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