Welcome to my Blog. This is my attempt to make sense of Kate and I living in France, the lifestyle,the french, my home and animals and anything else that seems amusing to me. Sorry I have a strange sense of humour!! Please feel free to comment on any of my posts. See below or go to my new facebook page La Godefrere

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Browsing Archive: December, 2012

Missing cat sighted, is it the prodigal Trigger, Christmas drama unfolds

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 30, 2012,

New year at La Godefrere was given a significant boost yesterday. We had a phone call from a nice lady called Kat who reckoned she had seen our lost cat Trigger. She lives on the other side of Couesmes Vauce about a mile across fields and a road from us. She had seen a tabby cat hunting in the field next to her house and from time to time sleeping in an outhouse behind where she lives. It was not until she went into our local bar “Le Chat Noir” and saw one of the wanted posters we had put...


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Bonnes fetes de fin du monde, Christmas close encounters with neighbours and if we are still here a Calendar for 2013

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 23, 2012,

If you are reading the blog you will have realised that the end of the world did not happen last week. The French take these things very seriously and last Tuesday when all our “publicite” arrived from all the local supermarkets and other shops we had with it a leaflet from the local undertaker offering his services. I’m not quite sure how he would have coped had the world ended as predicted but he clearly hoped to have a few orders with cash up front.

My favourite “Tat” shop Gifi ...


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La Godefrere and a new oven light up a dull, wet and windy week, while cidre doux almost explodes and there is a sausage incident!!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 16, 2012,

 

It’s been a week beset by awful weather. At the beginning of the week we had really cold weather, with freezing rain and a low hanging mist. Since then it has got milder but rain and windy. The freezing rain left a thin layer of ice on the roads. We now discovered a drawback from living in rural France in that the roads don’t get gritted! This left us with a short but scary drive to Ambrieres for our French class. The French are not the best of drivers at the best of times and they make ...
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The naming of cats is a difficult matter; the naming of bats is more complex by far. A blog of poetic inspiration!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 9, 2012,

TS Eliot says each cat should have three names. We are having enough trouble finding one name each for the kittens. We have decided on Minou for the little female cat because she is so small and makes a definite minou noise. The male cat is currently being called Moggie but I’m not sure it is quite right. No doubt we shall be inspired but if not our two daughters are coming to stay at Christmas and I suspect they will be able to come up with the right name.

The kittens are settling in an...


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How to have fun with a cardboard box and a dried walnut. Madness descends on La Godefrere but Archie gets a promotion!!

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, December 3, 2012,

Just when we thought that we were settling into some sort of routine and normality, madness has descended upon us. We were just sitting around and thinking about poor old Trigger who still has not returned and whether we should find another cat as a friend for Archie. How this idea for finding a cat was transformed into let’s get these two kittens who have just been rescued and the family who found them are desperate to rehome them. Those who know Mrs Parish will be aware that she is quite ...


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About Me


Graham Parish Graham Parish is a former UNISON Trade Union official who retired to France with Kate (a previous self employed gardener and now resident gardener here) to start a new life of wine, cheese, french bread and a vegetable garden on a large rural french farm with holiday gite, and associated animals.

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