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: July, 2014

Moggie finds a new friend; there is a beetroot incident; love is in the air (as are wasps) and finally we re-encounter Mustang Sally

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 27, 2014,
Yet another action packed and exciting week here is rural France. Few would believe just how interesting and incident packed it can be around here. The week started with Moggie finding a new friend in the shape of a small Hedgehog. The first hedgehog we have seen since we came to France. Of course Moggie had no idea what it was and spent some time circling around this spiky thing and trying to decide whether this was a thing he could catch and eat or something else. He came close and had a go...

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Alan gets a map; Le Tour de France; traffic chaos; I see the white rabbit and Mrs Parish gets broody

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 20, 2014,
After a great few days friends Alan and Debi departed on Tuesday to return to England. Given last week’s sat nav disaster we worried whether Debi would get back in time to go off to York. So we introduced Alan to the concept of the “map”. I know it is old fashioned but they work and reduce the risk that you will go in entirely the wrong direction. Not only did we provide a map but also directions to follow. I also helpfully, I thought, gave Alan the advice that if the sea appeared on hi...

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This week: bothersome birds; crazy cats, annoying noise and sat nav shocker

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, July 14, 2014,
One of the main reasons we moved to France was for the quiet life. We thought that living in deepest rural France, down a land with only a few neighbours would guarantee us a quiet a stress free life. Unfortunately life has a mind of its own and just refuses to cooperate. One of my favourite books is “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”. I find it a great work of philosophy and it contains the great fact that the answer to the great question of “Life, the Universe and everything” is ...

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An eclectic week of strange encounters with the macabre art of scaring crows; fruit, football; the tour de France, Versailles; gardens and the CIA

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 6, 2014,
It has been a week full of variety both in terms of the weather and of strange encounters. We started the week in boiling sunshine and almost too hot during the day to do much. It even remained light and warm till late in the evening and on a couple of nights (when there was no football) I stayed outside until after the sun set to watch the night animals come out.

In the field next to the gite there were two foxes patrolling the field and seeking to catch mice. Interestingly they were not inte...

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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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