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

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Is it almost 2 weeks ago that we received 2 hens for rehoming ?

 The owner had passed away, sadly, and we agreed to take them in. I quickly constructed a pen in the garage for them to stay in until darkness fell. In the evening they joined the rest of the flock.

 The next morning we had to 'help' them outside because they had no idea where they were.

They quickly started scratching and pecking around 

 They got adopted by the flock.

The two here at the back are young cockerels. Very interested they were in the newcomers.
The white bugger has been trying to mount everything that moves. He got to our new white (leghorn) hen and drew blood in her neck.

She has now been inside for the last few days, so that the wound can heal. I have been spoiling her something rotten with pumpkin seeds, sunflower, sesame and flax seeds and a few grapes during the day, plus her normal feed.

The young cockerels, they have gone to a friend of ours who is going to turn them into something for the soup.

Patricia xxx...x


  1. They will love their new home, with a kind and loving owner x

    1. And a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones x

  2. That will give the white cock something to think about in his after life :)

    1. His spirit might. His earthly body is in the freezer.

  3. Who said keeping chickens was easy..........

    1. Haha ! Yes, I've often asked myself that question.

  4. I've always fancied the idea of keeping chickens but in my niaivity I didn't realise what hard work it was. X


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