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

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Project : A Mural

A masterpiece it is not...
But when my friend, Jutta said she wanted a mural with grasses on the wall of her physio clinic room, I said, in jest, "I'll do it". And 2 afternoons later, here we are.

Now, you'd better sit in a darkened room if you want to check out the pictures of this project.
The wall is a soft light blue with a spring-like feel to it. The other colour Jutta used on her walls is a light green very close to the blue. And if I had used that green it would not have been visible at all, so I added a brighter green to her original colour to get the desired effect.
Still, looking at the pictures in bright sunlight won't show you much, as I have experienced.

These two photos, Jutta took, with the light in her room off, and on. It gives a completely different feel.

I took this one coming into the room from the hallway.

A few close-ups.

Jutta is very happy with the result and it is just how she wanted it. That'll do me just fine.
Now they only have to finish off their new-build, so they can start enjoying it all.

It has been raining heavily on and off and it feels bitterly cold (I'll have to start wearing socks in my sandals again), The few veg in the garden are starting to curl up on themselves from the cold, as if they want to return to the soil. Can't blame them.

Keep well !
Patricia xxx...x


  1. Your friend Jutta is fortunate to have a talented friend whom she could rely on. I like the simplicity of the painting too:)
    It's already June...I'm sure the bitter cold temperature can't be expected to last any longer. We're feeling the intense summer's heat building up more and more each day I'm sending you some of it ... hope it will arrive soon:)

    1. Thank you, Annie.
      We've had quite a few very good weeks, so I planted my babies out in the garden, I couldn't keep them inside any longer.
      I also changed our winter duvet for the summer one. Big mistake !
      We (Ireland) would be very grateful if you send us a little bit of sun and some warmth. It doesn't have to be much, we're easy. xxx...x

  2. I love it. It's so beautiful. You are very talented.
    The weather has gone a bit wild again here. Luckily the veggies are holding up OK. X

    1. Thank you, Jules.
      The weather is still blummin' awful here. Fire lit in the evenings. xxx...x

  3. A lovely simple design, very good x

  4. its stunning. you can see the pictures on my blog now.

  5. Lovely artwork. Bev

  6. Good job, soft and calming. Well done. Greetings!


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