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: October, 2012

Horseshit, Bullshit and Chickens' hit

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 28, 2012,
Well, a lot has happened this week, so lots to report.

When I retired and Mrs Parish and I discussed our objectives in moving to France, the prospect of chiselling out horseshit for between cobblestones did not feature highly on my list! However for the past week I have spent an inordinate amount of time on hands and knees, with a chisel removing ancient straw and horseshit that has accumulated in the stable under our gite. We are doing up the stable to create a wine cellar and games room. In ...
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Crafty cats, maddening moles and finally furniture! (not forgetting the Calvados)

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 21, 2012,
Week 8 and finally our furniture and other effects arrived from store last Monday. 67 boxes and assorted furniture duly arrived and the immediate reaction was to ask - can all this really be ours! It was a bit like Christmas opening all the boxes and being reunited with long lost friends we had packed up 3-4 months ago. Of course one problem was the need to reconstruct all our furniture. Wardrobes and bookcases were taken apart to assist in the move. Putting them together was something of a c...
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One man and his Tractor (plus mole update!)

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 14, 2012,

One man and his Tractor heading into the setting sun. An iconic image, bringing to mind images of Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter. At least in my  mind on a Sunday afternoon in Mayenne. Maybe it was the fact that the sun was setting and as I rode out to meet the advancing tide of grass, there was something of the wild west about it. Just me, my tractor and the vast wilderness that is my garden and fields. Maybe it was the fact that as soon as i started up the tractor, the cattle in the ...


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Mole offensive, news from the front

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 7, 2012,
Troublesome things, moles. They don't seem affected by the chemical weapon offensive. Despite major efforts the moles seem to be digging in for the long term.the war may not be over by Christmas. this despite forming an alliance with neighbour Peter who has been invaded by the moles. He has been trying to lay traps to capture the moles. An interesting approach which seems to involve putting traps down holes and then marking them with bamboo canes with flags on top. Not sure yet whether he has...
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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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