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Browsing Archive: March, 2014

An exciting week in which Monsieur Poopy calls; we have courtyard chaos; a battery saga; a bay leaf incident and little lambs arrive

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 30, 2014,
There are times when life here seems about to enter a stable and more normal phase and I can relax and worry about how to fill the blog. However the stable and normal moment never actually arrives and it appears that I am destined to be surrounded by crazy things. Maybe that is just how life is for everyone!

This week looked quite normal on Sunday after writing last week’s blog. I was expecting a quiet and peaceful week. However on Monday Mrs. Parish detected an odd smell and a negative wast...

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A busy week in which we vote for madame le maire; go in search of cold cranking amps; repair the sheep shed; and I revert to being a caveman

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 23, 2014,
It has been a busy week and for the first part of the week, nice and sunny. Now it is raining and a cold wind is blowing. The cats have all come inside claiming a cold allowance. They are at least at the moment fairly quiet but will soon start the pre dinner intimidation routine. As it is indoor play today, Mrs. Parish has retired to her sewing garret and is making cushion covers for the dining chairs in the gite. I have started the blog early and hope to get a large chunk written before bein...

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News from the mole front; there is a pigeon Great Escape; there are high nesting magpies and we have a near crab loss experience, but the week ends well.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 16, 2014,
As you will recall war was declared on the moles last week after they failed to respond to our strongly worded note. This week has seen a high degree of action. Mrs. Parish was sent out on a dawn offensive and has laid down a mole trap mine field on the front line across the orchard marking where we have had some mole incursions. Meanwhile I have been responsible for the heavy artillery bombardment, through the tractor mower, which was thrown at the advancing moles accompanied by singing of t...

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This week, the sun decides to make an appearance; a crazy Blackbird appears to join our manic ménage; mole latest – war declared and it’s another rugby fest

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 9, 2014,
It has been an astonishing week in which the sun has shone, we have had blue skies and not a drop of rain for 5 days. Some sanity has returned to the weather. It has actually been quite warm this week and on several afternoons I have sat out on the bench on our patio and spent some time sat in the sun reading a book! It is almost spring like with birds singing and flowers growing.

Mrs. Parish is very happy, not only has she been able to complete her programme of organised arson in the garden b...

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A week in which I boldly iron; we write “to do” lists; there is cheese chaos, deer developments and we tell the tale of Moggie Big Tail!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 2, 2014,
As I start this week’s blog, sat at the kitchen table, there are three cats arranged sharing the table. However they are not at the moment bothering me but all three of them are staring fixedly at the kitchen worktop where Mrs. Parish is preparing tonight’s Beef Bourguignon. She is cutting up bits of beef and the cats are watching every move, waiting for a moment’s inattention in which they could strike. The price of dinner is eternal vigilance in this house.

Mind you the cats are even w...

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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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