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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

More Window Stuff

These are just a few more photos of the work in progress. 
Later today the sitting room will be ready for me to clean.

This post was (and still is) 4 cm out at the top, compared to the bottom.
Nothing to do with the window company, but with the builder who erected this house. 

As you can see the damp proof membrane was lying flat, bridging the cavity and bringing rain right into the inside wall. 

 We had a leak in the ceiling around this time last year. Which had been temporarily fixed (or so we thought). The damaged ceiling has been cut out...

...and replaced with new plasterboard, ready to be skimmed.
Now that we know the damp proofing under the windows was bodged, we're certain that the leak comes from the windows upstairs. But we'll have to wait and see.

Oh dear. Ha ha ha ! What fun it's going to be to get everything back in order.

 The sliding door.

Would you believe the window company made all these windows smaller than the original ones ? 
And that is why they didn't want or need to chisel away at the plaster to fit the windows. They could skip that step by literally breaking out the old windows.

The blown plaster has been removed and will be redone.

All the other brown windows, fascias and soffits will also be replaced with white, but in a few weeks time. 
At least the sitting room will soon be ready. Clean and redecorated.

Have great weekend.
Patricia xxx...x


  1. A job well done. You must be relieved. X

  2. Wow, it's a huge job, but hopefully now it is being done properly it will be a case of done and dusted, and hopefully no more horrible leaks this Winter.

  3. WOW ... what a fantastic house.


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