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

I plan to update this with weekly news of my adventures and those of my animals at La Godefrere.  You can now look us up on our new facebook page - La Godefrere.

Browsing Archive: May, 2014

In a quiet week we engage with “Lutte ouvriers” and the French Euro elections; confuse a Frenchman; revisit bureaucracy, Mrs. Parish impresses Daniel and the cats claim foul weather benefits.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 25, 2014,
After all the excitement of last week we looked forward to a bit of peace and quiet. For me a chance to let my petanque wound heal and savour the great victory. Our visitors returned safely to the USA and our next visitors are not due to arrive until next Wednesday, when we entertain 9 walking friends from Weymouth.

Today Mrs. Parish and I have been to vote in the French European Elections. Sensibly the French vote on a Sunday and we went to the local Mairie to vote. In France there is no offi...

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The blog is here with a report on visitors from the USA; road movies; the wine waiter; knitting crises and a thrilling blood stained game of Petanque.

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, May 19, 2014,
Well, here we are 24 hours later and the wound is beginning to heal. I refer to the head wound received while playing my brother at Petanque in an international match between France and the USA.

Some explanation may be necessary. My brother, Mike lives in California, in the USA and all of a sudden decided he should come over to France to visit his little brother. He had read the blog and seen the pictures and wanted to see for himself what all the fuss was about. He came with his girl friend w...

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In which visitors arrive from the USA and after a thrilling blood stained match France beats the USA in a deadly game of Petanque.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 18, 2014,
We are currently in a state of euphoric celebration after the great win. A full blog report will appear here tomorrow evening when our visitors have departed. In the mean time here is a photo of the scoreboard which shows that France (me) beat the USA (my brother Mike) by 3 sets to 2 after winning a dramatic and blood soaked (due to a petanque related head injury) final leg 13-6. As we are now tired and emotional after the drama the full report on the petanque and the rest of an exciting week...
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May Day Muguet; sing along a sandy; taxing tax; rusty nails; Mad May hare; and Eurovision ends two weeks of excitement at La Godefrere

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 11, 2014,
Back to a normal quiet Sunday here at La Godefrere after two weeks of constant entertaining and eating and drinking. It actually has been quite quiet as we have been cooped up indoors on a rainy and a cold day. The sun is coming the manic weather lady on French TV has promised. The weather lady is always immaculately dressed as if she is off to some posh restaurant as soon as the weather forecast is done. She also speaks incredibly quickly and in about two minutes covers the weather for all o...

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Visitors!!

Posted by Graham Parish on Tuesday, May 6, 2014,
Last week and this week we have been invaded by visitors, who are forcing us to eat and drink vast quantities of food, to spend days out and to stay up late talking. As a consequence the blog will missing this week. We have a short period of rehabilitation at the weekend before building up to a visit from my brother and his girl friend who arrive next Monday from the USA. 

Come back on Sunday for an update on all the news and a full report on all that is happening at La Godefrere (tales of Mog...
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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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