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: December, 2014

We visit the sequels: Christmas II; Manifestations II; Schrödinger’s cat III; and remake the Curse of the Cat people and also Frenchman’s Leak

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 28, 2014,
It is now a quiet Sunday afternoon in rural Mayenne and we have had a light dusting of snow and it has got very cold. Yet the sun is shining and Mrs. Parish and I have returned from an hour’s bracing walk in a desperate attempt to recover from our first two Christmases and to stop the inexorable increase in stomach size. It is also a chance to reflect on yet another week where we have encountered Christmas French style and yet again had to curse the madness the cats inflict upon us!

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The Christmas Trilogy, Part 1; starring a butcher, a rabbit, a boar, a Repas, some Manifestations de Noel (including Dinosaur!) and a guest appearance from Schrödinger’s Mince Pie 2.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 21, 2014,
Christmas this year is coming in three parts. A bit like blockbuster movies where a story is stretched out to fill three feature length films. Our first Christmas started on Wednesday when our son Ian and his fiancée, Emma arrived for a three day visit. This meant that Thursday would become Christmas Eve and the Friday would be Christmas Day. It also meant cramming in three meals, games and plenty of drinking, not to mention seeing the Christmas lights. So an action packed three days faced u...

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Winter arrives; we have tractor trouble; consider Schrödinger’s Mince Pie; read the crazy Christmas publicity; and prepare for three Christmas visitations!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 14, 2014,

We woke this morning to a heavy frost and temperatures of -3. I ventured out of bed and discovered that our cunning plan to keep the wood burner going overnight had failed. The large log had not kept burning. So with dressing gown wrapped around me I went to let the cats in and make Mrs. Parish a cup of tea. The cats were full of complaints about the weather and grumbled about the operation of the adverse weather clause in their contract and as soon as they had eaten their breakfasts they mad...

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A varied week in which we consider: grass management and the diseases of sheep; ghosts in the machines; kissing and there is another crumble incident

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 7, 2014,
So far I have not been overwhelmed by sponsorship offers. It may be that the major French Companies are too busy with Christmas and that they are waiting for the New Year to beat a path to my door. We shall see. Winter draws near and it has become decidedly colder here in Mayenne and we have had our first frosts. So now Mrs. Parish is lighting up the fire at lunch time which of course mean I can write up the blog without wearing my fingerless gloves and wearing an overcoat. Mrs. Parish likes ...

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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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