La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, 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 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, that is back in Ireland.

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Girl's Gotta Do What a Girl's Gotta Do.

 That girl was me (old hag more like). And what did I do ?


The kitchen counter tops look (almost) like new again.

A good clean and scrub, before I oiled the wood. It is something that should be done twice a year, but we've let one year slip by.  It was high time.

We use Woca Oil from Denmark and it works very well.  So far we've had no stubborn stains from normal (and more intense) kitchen use. 

Since our worktop is Douglas fir and I don't want it to turn yellow or orange I use the white oil, which gives a nice patina.

The weather was fabulous and I worked with doors and windows open.

The dogs enjoying the late afternoon sunshine. Millie had been lying most of the day on that spot, looking, relaxing and sleeping. I say 'most of the day' because she had a break when Bert took them out for a stroll over the land.

And that was my weekend. Now I can look forward to a relaxing week ahead ;-)

Patricia xxx...x


  1. I love that empty bench!!! I hate the clutter on mine. Good job done! Oiled wood. Sounds classu

    1. This empty worktop is not its normal state. I also have lots of stuff on mine when it's not being oiled and drying. :)

  2. I have kitchen worktop envy, beautiful kitchen and view x

    1. The view is this kitchen's best asset. If only the windows were self-cleaning. :)

  3. Your dogs know a good view and when to appreciate it!

    Looks like hard work to oil those tops.

    1. They sure do !

      The oiling is nothing. It's the clearing and cleaning beforehand that takes all the effort. Haha!

  4. I love a nice piece of wood! Oiling that worktop must be very satisfying.

  5. It's very satisfying when you step back and it's all freshly oiled isn't it, but I hate emptying everything off to do it. We do need to do around our sink every six months the splashes of washing the pots make it vital ... but I think I'd splash even more if I was distracted by a view like yours.


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