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: August, 2014

A week in which begins with Mrs. Parish and I clocking up 42 years and ends with a resounding and hilarious victory for the fox over the local hunt!!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 31, 2014,
Firstly, I must report back on the chocolate courgette cake which I was approaching with some trepidation last week. I sort of expected a green and brown striped affair and the after taste of courgettes. However I was pleasantly surprised and it looked and tasted just like chocolate cake, but a bit moister which is no bad thing.

This week Mrs. Parish and I celebrated 42 years of marriage. You would think that after 42 years of my stomach being filled by Mrs. Parish’s excellent cooking that I...

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Rural relaxation, Mole exports, Nature Wars, Mad Cats, 2 years in Mayenne - Worts and all

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, August 25, 2014,
It is bank holiday Monday in Britain, so of course it is raining and it is also raining here and after a morning of heavy drizzle it is now pouring down. With true British spirit we sigh and concentrate on indoor jobs. The cats are also concentrating on indoor jobs by sleeping away the day. On days like this they invoke the bad weather clause in their contracts and disappear upstairs on the bed to sleep until it stops raining. 

Last week we celebrated the fact that we have now been living in F...

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A week in which we have vanishing moles; I am accessorised; we have an air display; meet a snake; and generally have a taxing time.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 17, 2014,
It now feels like late summer at La Godefrere and the weather this week has turned cold as the wind changes and comes from the North. There is quite a chilly breeze today and no sign of the sun. So, unusually for an afternoon we are indoors. I face the challenge of the Blog and what to report. Mrs. Parish faces the challenge of a thousand courgettes. Well that may be a slight exaggeration but there are an awful lot. This year Mrs. Parish decided that she would reduce the numbers of courgettes...

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The Silence of the Lambs; the Butterfly Effect; Of Mice and Men; Bad Apples; Rabbits; Hay Fever; Superman and the Mole-men

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, August 11, 2014,
This week we appear to have descended into film titles as the common theme. This usually indicates a certain amount of boredom on my part and thus a relapse into finding weird links between the different events of the week. In a week which has featured electric storms, rain and wind interspersed with the occasional sunny spell I think I have done pretty well. 

The week started with the silence of the lambs as Patrick came to take away the lambs from our paddock leaving only the three ewes. Thi...

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The sad tale of Harry Hedgehog; Rabbit reality; Wasp wars; serene Sheep; a morning mouse incident; and new neighbours arrive and cause a stir!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 3, 2014,
I keep thinking that sooner or later there is going to be a quiet week and I am going to be stuck in front of my computer with nothing to write about. This week was definitely not a quiet week. It started with a bang with an enormous thunder storm all around us but strangely we did not get much rain. The rest of the week has been very warm and when the sun comes out it is very hot.

The weather report is just a device to avoid writing the sad tale of Harry the Hedgehog. I reported last week tha...

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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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