Welcome to the Blog part of the website. 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!! 

I plan to update this with regular  news of my adventures and those of my animals at La Godefrere.  You can now look us up on our new facebook page - La Godefrere.

This website can no longer host my blog so I have changed to using wordpress. This can be accessed through the following link:


Browsing Archive: November, 2012

French Cider House, rules: Etienne, the Moleslayer and trombones!

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, November 26, 2012,
Sorry that the blog is a day late but as you will see below we have had visitors this week and much eating and drinking so the blog has had to wait until today.

This has been the week of the great Calvados showdown. My friend Alan came to visit and he lives in Somerset. I have been bragging about how good is the local farmhouse Calvados so Alan decided to challenge this and to stand for the honour of Somerset. He threw down his gauntlet (metaphorically, as Alan only has a glove) to my french f...
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Aux armes citoyens, formez vos battalions - a stirring blog (and cliff hanging results!!)

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 18, 2012,
I left you last week with several cliff hanging stories and I am sure that all week you have been waiting to find out what happens next!!

Well the sad story is that we have had no sign nor information about our missing cat, Trigger. We have checked all our outbuildings, talked to neighbours and put adverts in the local bar and internet. But no news. We are holding to the belief that he has gone off and is having the time of his life some where local, probably with some local floosy cat and wil...
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Godefrere Abbey, a drama series!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 11, 2012,
Last week it was suggested that I should provide a replacement for Downton Abbey, the TV drama series. Well this week has certainly been full of drama at La Godefrere.

The week began with the arrival of my son Ian and his fiancee Emma and the big ball of fur that is Tommo the three legged dog! Tommo is a Keeshond, which is a kind of Spitz from Holland and is also known as the dutch barge dog. They are very furry and Tommo has the added dimension of having only 3 legs from an accident with a bi...
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The man who talks to cows

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 4, 2012,
It's been an interesting week. One thing that has amazed me is how relaxing it can be talking to cows. In the field next to our house is a herd of Normandie cattle owned by a local farmer - Loic. There are 19 of them and if you stand by the fence they will come over for a chat. The advantage is that there is an electric fence between us so I can stand next to 19 very large animals with some confidence and chat away. Its a good opportunity to practice my french and discuss some of the key even...
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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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