La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France at the time. We chose it while on the road, moving house the first time round, 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 we did and 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, after yet another stint in Ireland, we're back in France @ Le Mas d'Ayen

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ready for Replanting

It is always a bit daunting when the diggers start scraping off all the green ground covering and leave a scarred landscape.
After the roadworks, the O'Brien brothers set to work creating a pond. This, to help drain a good part of the field where the pigs roam. And boy, has it drained already.

There has been no rain for a few weeks. This pond has filled to this level solely from seeping groundwater.
I can see daffodils and trees replanted at the back. And who knows what else. Maybe a gunnera plant or two.
Remember the before ?

This stretch is where the soft fruit will be replanted. The posts will be part of a structure to support bird netting. The path alongside the chicken coop has been widened and the garden bench has a more solid underground.
What a difference a day makes. Especially when you have topnotch digger people.
Remember the before ?

Let's get these back into the ground ASAP !

Thank you for visiting.
Patricia xxx...x


  1. wauw dat zijn straffe werken ziet er goed uit!!

  2. Wow an amazing transformation, it will be a lovely pond when you've planted around it x

  3. You certainly are transforming your property. I'd love to see the pond when the dirt has been covered over xx

  4. It's amazing how much work you can get done in a day with big machinery and skilled users isn't it.


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