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, April 13, 2016

Broad Beans and Stuff

I planted out my broad beans yesterday, in two nice straight lines.

I even used a measuring implement. That's the yellow thing in the background. 

Never mind. It doesn't look too bad, looking at it from the side. 

 Other people use canes for support. We don't. We use telegraph poles.

In other news. Look at these tomato plants !

These were sown two weeks later than the others and they've grown at 10 times the speed. They are the Yellow Pear.

And to end this post, I'll present to you evidence of lovely sunny weather over the past 2 days.
This is a late afternoon shot (from Monday) when the sun hits the mountains across the Kenmare Bay.

Tuesday morning, a band of merry kayakers passed by. Some where motorised (!) kayaks, others used paddles. You know, the thing one uses to 'manually' move the kayak  through the water
 Since last summer these motorised kayaks make much less noise than the years before. Different kind of engine, I believe. Much slower too. Chances are that people have complained about the level of  aggravating noise (not us, btw)

 I love it when there is a bit of life on the estuary. A few kayaks, a fishing boat or a dinghy. 
The swans are also back.
Spring has arrived !

Patricia xxx...x


  1. I am not very good at doing straight, so don't worry about it. The view from your home is stunning. x

    1. Thank goodness I'm not alone in wonky sowing.
      We were very lucky in finding this place/house. These days they wouldn't give anyone permission to build in these kind of areas.

  2. Hurrah for telegraph-pole supports! Who need floppy beans???

  3. Beautiful views Patricia. Great progress with the beans. X

    1. Thanks Jules. I love the views. They're always changing.

  4. I favour a wonky approach myself xx

  5. Motorised kayaks????? Whatever next! That's a crime against kayaking.

    Nothing I sow (or sew for that matter) is in a straight line! Doesn't effect the end product ;)

    1. Yes. Motorised kayaks !! It's ridiculous and I don't see the point. If you don't want to paddle go out in another type of boat.
      It must be said that they are reasonably silent in comparison to the engines they had a couple of years ago. Talk about criminal. :/


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