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: July, 2013

La Grande Chaleur, the great storm, Jam and Jerusalem, the silence of the flies and bizarrely, we find Morris dancers!!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 28, 2013,

Over the past two weeks it has been immensely hot, to the extent that in the middle of the day it has been too hot to be outdoors. This has resulted in a number of thunder storms and heavy rain. The heat wave has been called La Grande Chaleur in the French media, meaning the great heat and warnings have been issued about the dangers of excessive temperatures. On Monday evening the skies darkened as storm clouds gathered and we heard the rumble of thunder coming our way. One of the things we h...


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L’ On y danse tous en rond; Harry’s game; the carwash pizza laundromat and it’s scorchio!, followed by orages.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 21, 2013,

For all you followers of French culture, you will recognise the line in the title as being from the song Sur la pont D’Avignon and it can be translated as “we all dance there in a ring”. This is rather an obscure way of introducing this week’s blog as we have not been to Avignon but we have been dancing, almost in a ring. We have discovered so far that the French are great people to live amongst and in rural France at least, the most friendly and generous people. Yesterday evening Mrs...


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Bon fete, mole patrols, sheep shanks, hornet hotspots, empty attics, camera class and pork pie cake

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 14, 2013,

Bon fete, today, the 14th July is Bastille Day in France. A national holiday to celebrate the storming of the Bastille in Paris during the French revolution. Mrs. Parish and I joined the French in celebrating by going to a local town for a mass car boot sale. The French seem to like nothing more than a boot sale although in France it is called a ”vide grenier” which literally means empty attic. Judging by the amazing array of stuff for sale, there are a lot of empty attics locally. Mrs. P...


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Henny Penny RIP. Distorted perceptions of indexicality, coffee, moles and sheep! We get in the harvest, get a dartboard and we are hit by hurricane Harry!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 7, 2013,

Lots to catch up with after 2 weeks and a trip back to England. Sadly I have to report the sad demise of Henny Penny our aged chicken. We inherited her when we bought the house as she was the last of the chickens owned by Dave and Julie. As regular readers of the blog will know Henny was certainly a character. She was clearly top of the pecking order, keeping the cats at bay with strategic pecks. She also had the ability to train her sights on any piece of cake or sandwich that came within he...


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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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