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, October 24, 2016


I've been hankering for new windows from the day we moved in. Well, earlier. Since the day we put an offer on the house actually.

The new windows arrived last Thursday and would have been installed this week. But that isn't going to happen for another week, at least, as the 4 largest windows were all wrong and had to be taken back by the guys who delivered.
Aaaargh ! 

What's another week or two in the grand scheme of things ?


Patricia xxx...x


  1. At least you have some of them now the wait will soon be over. x

  2. It's always the way isn't it, you wait and wait and wait for something ... and then you have to wait some more ☹

    I hope you get them in soon.

  3. It's disappointing when you get geared up for something and end up having to wait longer. As you say.....soon. X

  4. you will get there in the end! it all takes time. And think how cosy it will make you all


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