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

Monday, August 01, 2016

July, 31st

That day is well and truly behind us.
It started with the unveiling of  "The Dress" 
My birthday twin, 5y/o niece Sarah was in awe.

With birthday presents out of the way her brother Mathias came to me with a card.
It said a few things about how he enjoys coming on holidays to Ireland and "would I please be his new godmother ?"  He hasn't seen his original godmother in years and he felt sad that his peers had godmothers and he didn't. Of course I accepted.  I had been informed about his intentions and came prepared.

I am obviously not an official godmother as I don't do the 'god' thing, but I'll take my new title very serious. I buy extravagant presents.
Mathias loves his Lego and he's now also into Star Wars.

It did take him all day to put his star ship together, but he's so proud and pleased.
He even helped his sister with her Cinderella Lego.

Erm ... she doesn't want to wear anything else than her ball gown.

In the early evening we had a small party for our birthday.

Swept off her feet by Prince Sigi.
Language really is no barrier between kids.

 Feeling a bit lethargic after the meal.
More Belles of the ball.

 Many thanks to my friend Jo-Anne for the birthday cake.

And Pammy for the biscuits.

Oh ! One of my birthday presents were 3 young chooks and a cockerel.

Patricia xxx...x


  1. It all looks wonderful, and that dress turned out just perfect.

    A belated Happy Birthday from me. xx

  2. What a fabulous dress! It looks like a great day was had by all. I too share a birthday with my niece. X

    1. Thanks Jules. I like sharing my birthday with this sprog. I concentrate more on her's then and not so much on mine.x

  3. Looks like that you all had a splendid time together and oh belatedly to you Happy Birthday xx

    1. Thank you Mel. I can also tell you now that Mathias didn't have to give up his alcove bed for his little sister.

    2. I am very pleased to know that :-)

  4. What a beautiful dress you made and it looks like you had a lovely party.

  5. Wow you are an amazing aunt look at that wonderful dress! Hope you both had a wonderful day!


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