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 03, 2016

Visiting Wildlife

The other day I noticed Fergus staring out of the patio door windows. Not absent mindedly staring into the distance, hoping for great weather, but in a fixated manner.
I know my pets and their behaviours - most of the time, I hasten to add - so I knew there must have been something interesting to see outside. Often it is a bird coming near the window. This time it was a frog.
Excuse the filthy windows. We have a lot of salty rain which makes them greasy.

If the weather hadn't been so rank, Fergus surely would have gone outside for a closer inspection of Mr or Mrs Frog.

Not so much of a visitor, but our  pheasant in residence. We see him most days, strutting about and pecking some delicacies from the soil. He's a lovely looking chap and I hope he's here to stay.

When he is 'alarmed' he scutters in between the bushes and I believe that is where his home is, if they have a home, that is. I don't want to go and look as I could disturb his peace and then he might find another home.

It's such a great feeling to be able to live in a place like this, where you have wildlife visitors and residents so close to home. Amazing !

Patricia xxx...x

PS  A rainbow and...

...two cats napping


  1. A frog or a toad? If you like your garden you might not like a resident pheasant or maybe he leaves yours alone?

    1. It didn't move so it was hard to tell if it was one or the other. I first thought it was a toad, but it could have been a brown frog.
      I do like my garden. Hopefully he will return to the piggy field once we have new pigs. That's where we had a young family of pheasants last

  2. We occasionally get a visit from a Cock Pheasant, our daily visitors are two Hen Pheasants and all manner of small birds plus there are several toads who rarely show themselves in the western end of our garden.


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