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, February 10, 2016

Bedroom Makeover - Part 2 Point 75 - One Last Look... the room as it was. 
The bed has been dismantled, ready for taking it downstairs today. 
We'll be getting some assistance from a friend to move a few furniture pieces still.

Say goodbye to the ghastly wallpaper...

...and the carpet, which I've given one last Dyson treatment.
Looks good as new.
Maybe not ! 
Can you see the socket  in the sloping ceiling ? That is where the original good-for-nothing-except-for-hanging-a-TV-off wall was.
Take one last look at the wallpaper.

This has been a thorn in my eye since day one.

Made the bathroom sparkle, before the bath goes. Can't let the plumber take the bath out of a dirty bathroom, can I ?

Thursday week,  is when this will be covered up with vinyl flooring, and it isn't a day too soon.

What I'll be doing today :
  • give orders to Bert & friend to remove last of the furniture from room
  • give orders to Bert to phone plumber to get the tub out
  • rip up the carpet with said friend
  • scrape wallpaper off
  • fill holes and cracks in plaster
  • poke Bert to phone the plumber again
That's all folks. 
Patricia xxx...x


  1. In looking at what the previous owners did to the house conjures up and old phrase of my fathers of 'all money and no finesse'

    1. He was very polite. I'd say 'all fur coat and no knickers'. ;)

  2. It will all be so worth it once it's finished. I can't wait to see the new wallpaper up on that wall x x

  3. You make me giggle, washing the carpet & scrubbing the bath before they are removed xx

  4. Plenty money, no what my granny used to say!

  5. I can't wait to see the finished result. That wall paper was DREADFUL, it's the only time I like stripping off wallpaper .... when what you are removing is truly awful :-)


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