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, May 13, 2017


I know. I've been absent for a few months.
My apologies for not notifying you about this break, but I wasn't planning on having one. It sometimes just happens. I opened the "new post" tab a few times, but it wasn't meant to be. I didn't know what to write about that might be of interest to anyone.

At this moment, I'm sitting here at the table, tapping away at the keyboard, with a cat curled up between me and the laptop.
A scrawny little thing, this kitten, which was sitting in the kitchen on Tuesday while I was pottering about. It had been spotted the day before in the chicken coop of all places, but ran away when I arrived with too much noise.

We fed her and checked her over, yes, it's a girl, with a snotty nose and some discharge from her eyes.
Afraid she is not and very friendly toward people and the dogs. She hisses at our other cats though.

Definitely not afraid of dogs

This photo was taken by our current volunteer, Simon.

On Wednesday, Bert took her to the vet to give her a once over and she has cat flu. Medication, food, water, rest and extra vitamin C seems to be doing the trick. She is 4 months old, or thereabouts. 

She is constantly hungry and even steals the biscuits from the dog's bowl. She gets food often but little  at a time.

She seems to be more lively today and started playing with fluff bunnies and whatnot. Took an interest in a stranded bee. 
She ain't planning to go anywhere. She's here to stay. (*)

Her name is Gypsy.

Hope you are all well.
Have a good weekend.
Patricia xxx...x

(*) Unless someone has lost this kitten which they love very, very much. But if you love this kitten so very much, why is it skin over bone and why is there no lost sign up anywhere in the village ?


  1. Good to see that you have returned to blogland. I think that Gypsy may well have been born in a hedge nest somewhere, which is why nobody has a notice up looking for her.

    1. I first thought so, but she has been used to people at some point. She's way to affectionate to have been born somewhere in the wilds of Kerry. ;)
      She might have been adopted from a family environment by someone who wanted a 'mouser' for the shed/farmyard.
      It's good to be back. :)

  2. Good to see you back.
    What a lovely kitty!

  3. It's good to see you again. I was a little worried when you hadn't posted for so long. I do love to read about your everyday goings on and hope all is well with you and yours. Gypsy is lovely. It looks like she's found her home. X

    1. Thanks Jules. I think I had a bit of writer's block. Ha ha !
      Gypsy is being properly spoilt, currently lying on half of the keyboard. x

  4. Welcome Gypsy. Gypsy cat indeed!

  5. How lovely to see you back Patricia. Gypsy is beautiful and lucky to have you looking after her.

  6. welcome back. Oh Gypsy is adorable, I'm glad she came to you for help. x


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