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.

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Browsing Archive: October, 2013

This week we discover new ways to remove moles; clocks go back; there is an olive oil incident; we get new doors and appoint an angling consultant

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 27, 2013,

The internet is a wonderful thing and a source of much useful and useless information. Following Mrs. Parish’s great success in the Mole Wars I have been looking at alternatives to the minefield approach. Over the past week our mole patrols have reported no further incursions into the La Godefrere exclusion zone. There are some rather large mole hills at the bottom of our big field and it may be a matter of time before we have a red alert situation.

So I typed “removal of moles” into Goo...

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Three – nil, to the Mrs. Parish; Mole’s blues; Home Alone 2 and buttered crumpets (lack of!)

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 20, 2013,

Mrs. Parish has returned to Blighty for her well earned R&R and victory tour. Medals have been mentioned for gallantry. The moles are in full retreat and the daily mole patrol has reported no sightings of moles in the past week. Admittedly, our orchard looks a bit like the Somme at the moment with lots of craters where Mrs.Parish has dug up turf to lay out the minefields. Still our strategy of fortress La Godefrere and strict enforcement of the mole exclusion zone has paid dividends. Mrs. Par...

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A week in which the Moles move the goal posts, a gendarme calls, we plan world domination and Giselle(2) excels.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 13, 2013,

It has been a busy week here at La Godefrere and the weather has stayed fine for October but it has got a bit colder. Time for the winter duvet, Mrs. Parish decides. The apples and pears continue to fall off the trees at a remarkable rate and a daily task for me is to go around and pick them up. A mind bogglingly boring and tedious task as well as backbreaking as of course they have fallen to the ground and have to be picked up. Not for much longer as plans are afoot to deal with this.

Mrs. Pa...

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Mole’s retreat in face of twin assault; the song of the lonely tractor driver; and we meet Giselle (2)

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 6, 2013,

I am sitting out in the garden overlooking the orchard on a beautiful evening with the sun still shining and after a lovely day it is still warm at 6-45 (7-45 English time). I am sat here with a glass of kir and some snacks and my trusty computer writing up the week’s events reflecting on an interesting week at La Godefrere.

You will want an update from the Front I suspect. Well after last week’s success, we have continued to hit the moles hard. In a brilliant flanking manoeuvre Mrs. Paris...

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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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