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, November 04, 2016

New Windows

Yesterday morning, before the window fitters came, we'd put everything safe and away from the surrounding areas.

It looked something like this :

Last night (and this morning) the sitting room looked like this :

No new windows were fitted. Yes, the fitters came but they couldn't take out the old ones without breaking and damaging the old ones. What !!! ?
"No, it is not possible to take them out without damaging them"

Well, that's not going to happen in this place. These windows might not be to our liking but they are perfectly good windows and deserve repurposing and/or recycling.  We wanted to reuse some of them for a greenhouse at a later stage, others we wanted to give to our friends.
When the sales representative came for a quote he said it wouldn't be a problem but there might be a breakage. You know, we can live with that.

After a lot of telephone calls to a fro (some of them with tempers flying) to the company, we will keep the new windows and have someone else fit them. Amazingly an acquaintance of ours is going to take out the old ones without breaking and installing the new ones for us.

Thank goodness it will be sorted in the end after a fairly stressful morning/day.
Why would you want to destroy perfectly good windows, that's what I want to know ?
Unbelievable ! Isn't there enough waste on this earth already ?

Okay, I'm calm.... ahuuuuuummmmm.....

Patricia xxx...x


  1. Sales people will tell you whatever they think you want to hear, as long as they believe it will help them clinch a deal (and earn their commission)! Well done you for cancelling the order and starting again.

    1. We have the new windows standing outside. They have been paid for. It's just that the window company will not be fitting them.

  2. You can relax and enjoy the view from your new windows now x

    1. No, not yet. The new windows were not installed.

  3. That's flipping annoying given what was agreed initially. I'm not surprised there were some heated phone calls. Fingers crossed they get fitted for you soon. X

    1. Hopefully in the coming week. Then I can finally paint the sitting room (in relaxing colours) :)

  4. oh the not so joys of renovating!

    1. You can say that again. I'll be glad when all this is behind us.


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