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

Friday, May 13, 2016

A Medley

 The little ones have been outside for a couple of hours yesterday. In a restricted area, of course, and with extra sheep mesh fencing. The electric fence is placed just inside of their area (on a low setting) and they have made their acquaintance  with it a few times. They still need the training as that wasn't done before they came here. They didn't yelp, but soon thought better of it than come too close. 
Anyway, they had better things to do. Like rooting to their heart's content. I didn't have my camera with me hence the photo of the piglets indoors.

 Fergus found his own little greenhouse.

 Mikaela and Keegan got on with the raised beds for the tunnel.

 Not without some advice from the other boss. ;-)

 They have filled a part of it with soil/compost/heavy turf.

 Hard workers deserve a dinosaur chop for dinner.

 The chickens are pleased that the weather has finally turned into spring.
Three of them wouldn't know because they are sitting inside the hen house feeling all broody.

Our magnificent Artuur the 3rd. He's a sweet lad.

And what have I been doing ? Repotting and planting out a little. Today I want most of the tomatoes, courgettes, runner beans, chillies etc. in the tunnel. They don't have to be planted out yet and can stay in their pots for another week or so. But they have to get out of the kitchen. Everything I repot takes up more kitchen counter space. Out with the lot ! :-)

Have a good weekend !
Patricia xxx...x

1 comment:

  1. Your workers look happy and don't seem to mind their photographs being taken and being stars of the blog. They are doing a brilliant job by the looks of it and earning those 'dinosaurs chops'.

    I am just in the middle of potting up my tomatoes, and like your things, they are all taking up so much space ... thank goodness for my long polytunnel bench, although it is almost full now.

    I love your little polytunnel, that is going to be a brilliant growing area.


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