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, February 09, 2016

Bedroom Makeover - Part 2 and a Half - New and Permanent Place for Coats

The coats were taking up too much room in the dressing area and there was unused space under the stairs.

As you can see in the photo above, half of the clothing rack at the top was taken up by long coats, short coats, wintery ones,  rainy daysy ones and fat knitted cardigan ones.

And now they are in the hallway downstairs, behind this door.

Like this.

They do have to share the space with Christmas decorations, a pop-up tent, that no one dares to pop up and a window blind.

The rest of Monday was a case of emptying the main bedroom some more, which will continue today. It's not a lot anymore. The bed needs to be dismantled, and put where exactly ?  Before I rip up the carpet I'll give it a good vacuum. Aye ! I don't want it to leave more dust than absolutely necessary on its way down.

We've slept in the guestroom for three nights now. It is snug, to say the least, what with the addition of furniture from our bedroom, but everything is tidy and clothing has been put away.
The first night it felt like we were on holidays at a hotel. A hotel where many previous guests had left their belongings behind. 
Laying on top of all three mattresses (yes, but one is only 6 cm thick and is actually a cover mattress) on the bed made for a strange sensation. The bottom one being a sprung and ours a memory foam one. Our own bed is 10 cm wider than the guest bed, which meant we were both clinging on to the center of the bed, in fear of falling off or out of the bed if we ventured too close to the edge.
The next two nights I slept much better. Only being woken by storm Imogen every now and again when she was  trying to lift the roof off the house.

Next (short) update can be expected tomorrow.
See you then !
Patricia xxx...x


  1. Let's hope that the coats and their companions don't start any funny business in that cupboard whilst your back is turned!

  2. I cant wait for the TADAHHHHH!

  3. It makes much more sense to have the coats there, and I like anything that is behind closed doors. I love the colour of your paintwork :-)


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