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: February, 2014

A week in which it’s Cidre not cider; we go curling mad; we meet TJ and Harvey; borrow a dragon and there is a dice disaster

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 23, 2014,
The past week has almost been spring like compared with the past few months. At last the storms and tempests have ceased and we have gone back to what is more normal for this time of year. We have even had some sunny days. This week we have had a pair of dunnocks singing and displaying outside the house and today we saw a skylark soaring and singing right above the house. In sheltered spots in the orchard there are even a few primroses coming into bloom. The buzzards continue to engage in fly...

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Armageddon 2 – The return of the moles; the finer points of guttering; the sex life of buzzards: we meet Ipsy and then the six million Euro man!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 16, 2014,
Reports from our morning patrol have arrived at the command centre of a significant mole incursion into the La Godefrere exclusion zone. After a quiet winter it seems the moles have launched a pre spring offensive, trying to sneak in under cover of the wet weather. This has a number of effects in terms of making it difficult to maintain our patrols and with reduced visibility. It of course also makes it impossible to mount a retaliatory attack. Our crack counter insurgency squad (AKA Mrs. Par...

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In which missionaries arrive; the little owl returns; we hear about Hume’s Leaf Warbler and we find out about Charles the Affable and other French Kings

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 9, 2014,
The wind has turned and is coming from the North so it has got very cold today and there is also a strong wind which makes it even colder. At least the rain has stopped for a while and the sun has come out. But the rain is due to return tomorrow. This means we have not been able to get out and do some more work on the garden. There are piles of brambles and brushwood all over the big field which Mrs. Parish is desperate to set light to but it is too wet.

One benefit is that I have been able to...

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In which we experiment with black & white; go on an expedition; experience Flocons D'Avoine and then there are cats!!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 2, 2014,
After days of rain the sun has been shining. It was nice yesterday and today has been a lovely day. Cold and crisp but also a great blue sky and the sun. So Mrs. Parish and I have been out and about taking photographs for the camera club monthly competition. For some reason this month some bright spark decided it would be Black and White photos. I first had to work out how to adjust the camera to take B&W pictures, so had to go and find my manual. So eventually we got organised and went off t...

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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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