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

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Feeling Slightly Better

My mood has changed for the better during the day.
Everything in the kitchen is now dust free, thanks to my friend Basia.
The tree has been decorated. By moi.
And the leak in the sitting room is still going strong.

Someone we know, who knows a thing or two, will come on Monday to see what can be done with incoming water. Fingers crossed.
At least we are not in this kind of a pickle.


The raging Sneem River

Ireland has fallen into the sea.


  1. I'm so glad you're feeling brighter and your tree is looking just beautiful. What a kind friend you have. Stay safe and warm. Unfortunately, where I live, we are in that kind of a pickle. X

    1. My friend loves cleaning and we have a kind of barter system going.
      The storm has left us for now and is now battering the UK. So it is your turn to stay safe, dry and warm. xxx...x

  2. Lies Capoen7:53 am

    Your Christmas tree looks amazing! I hope you can enjoy this great time of the year without any further troubles ...

    1. Thanks Lies. Fingers crossed, eh, because we will be getting more storms and high winds in the coming week.
      Today, however, all is calm and quiet. xxx...x

  3. Your tree looks wonderful and I am glad your spirits are up. Yes the weather it appauling and we are lucky too, though the winds here have knocked our green house and we have some smashed window pains, I hope you find the source of the leek and it is resolved. We had terrible luc with water coming inside our homes when we lived in Scotland, been a bit fortunate this time - except for the high winds battering us. .

  4. That is a splendid looking tree & yes we should count our blessings. I do hope you can get your leak sorted, it can't be fun for you x

  5. This is the first time we have had 'indoor rain' in two of our rooms. Towels, bowls and jugs where swiftly put in place on the window sills.


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