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: April, 2014

Alpaca appreciation; lamb enlightenment and we meet old friends; a mad dog; Blackbird wars; a near fish pie incident and we round off a strange week watching towel dancers and the moustache brothers from Brazil!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, April 27, 2014,
It has been quite a strange but interesting week. I took Jo and Nicky back to Rennes airport after a lovely weekend, for them to fly back to Southampton. The plane left at 4pm and arrived at Southampton at 3-45 pm. 15 minutes before they took off! This is due not to some supersonic jet that Flybe own but to an hour’s difference between France and the UK. This left us with Ian and Emma with Sarah and Dave staying in the gite.

To entertain them we arranged a visit to our friends Alex and John ...

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In which mad people arrive, we attempt to recreate the battle of Agincourt, chase sheep and walk cats.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, April 20, 2014,
It is Easter and we have a full house and gite, so this will be a shorter than usual blog. My daughter and her partner Nicky are here staying at the house for the weekend. In the gite we have my son Ian and his fiancée Emma together with their two friends Dave and Sarah and in addition of course is Tommo the three legged dog. They are staying for 10 days. Emma and Sarah are both mental health nurses and so of course are totally mad themselves. Ian and Dave being in relations with mental nurs...

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Master hunters; batman returns; road sign confusion and there is a lorry load of faggots in the lane

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, April 13, 2014,
Moggie has excelled himself this week and is starting to demonstrate his hunting prowess. Up until now he has adopted a sort of scattergun effect by charging up to holes in the ground and sticking his paw down them and then running crazily away. This was not a very successful strategy. This came to a sorry end when he put his paw down the wrong hole and it got bitten. More recently he has been honing his technique and we have seen him in the fields watching and listening at field mouse holes....

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What a week in which we pass through the best cabaret in the world; meet the ant hill mob; the cows are saved; the gite is let; we avoid the pig lottery and survive a flower vase incident. Just another week at La Godefrere

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, April 6, 2014,
The week got off to an exciting start as we were watching French TV on Sunday when we discovered that “Le plus grand cabaret du monde was on. Usually this is standard fare on New Year’s Eve and I have reported its weirdness before. For some reason, which we could not fathom, it was on, with a whole new range of best cabaret in the world. Presumably even better than New Year we concluded. There seemed to be a theme of magicians making things appear and disappear from odd shaped boxes and a...

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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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