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

I plan to update this with weekly 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.

Browsing Archive: August, 2013

Woodlice in collateral damage incident, Barbie climbs Mont Blanc and we experience killer Sudoku, just a normal week, really!

Posted by Graham Parish on Tuesday, August 27, 2013,

Sorry the blog is a couple of days late this week but we have visitors who need lots of feeding and entertaining. My daughter Jo and her partner Nicky have come over for a week to chill out, even though it’s very hot. They have already had a week walking the Cornish coastal path so need a bit of rest. This however includes challenging the La Godefrere team to games of Petanque, darts and pool. So far La Godefrere (myself and Mrs. Parish) have maintained our 100% home record at Petanque. I t...


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One year at La Godefrere, we review the highlights and find that philosophical contradictions appear, can Marx assist?

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 18, 2013,

I am sat outside on the patio in glorious evening sun, sipping a rather large glass of Emile’s calvados. I am in a somewhat reflective mood gazing out over our orchard which is full of apples and pears. I am contemplating a bit of a philosophical contradiction that would have given Marx a testing time for his dialectic approach. The contradiction that I am considering is how can it be that something as delicious as a glass of Calvados requires such a tortuous process to produce it.

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The Flying percies, Ironman, tetchy tree sparrows, animal crackers

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 11, 2013,

Just when I think that things have finally achieved some degree of normality, the obscure and bizarre seem to occur. Last night Mrs. Parish persuaded me that it would be a good idea to lie out on our garden chairs in the pitch dark at midnight and stare at the sky. Apparently if we do this we might see some percies flying across the night sky. Mrs. Parish explains slowly once again that the thing we are trying to see is a perseid meteor shower which appears as shooting stars in the sky and th...


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World domination, l’heure de dejeuner, electrical appliances take centre stage, “Oh that way madness lies”

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 4, 2013,

Here I am sat in our marvellous and large garden, enjoying the afternoon sun. On my lap curled up, is a small grey cat and so quite naturally my thoughts turn to world domination. I stroke the cat and begin to narrow the eyes and mutter in a strange but probably German accent, “so Mr. Bond”. I am awoken from my reverie by Mrs. Parish (in practical mode once again) who reminds me that Blofeld had an evil looking all white cat and our Minou hardly comes into that category, and never mind do...


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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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