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Browsing Archive: November, 2014

In which Moggie has a cunning plan; we have choucroute 2, with weird chicken dance; and apples are picked and the car cleaned, almost!!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 30, 2014,
It has been a beautiful sunny Sunday morning with a lovely blue sky. So nice that Mrs. Parish and I went out for a stroll along the River Mayenne. Sundays in rural France are particularly quiet as there is a general rule that garden machinery should not be used on Sundays and all big shops are closed so there is little traffic on the roads. So it is really quiet and apart from a few joggers we had the riverbank to ourselves. It is like Sundays used to be when I was a child.

We got back home in...

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In which visitors arrive and we: have a hogget feast; witness the 10,000 steps of eternal lightness; encounter Somerset Rules and find a fish scarf

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 23, 2014,
After the excitement of the Choucroute experience last weekend we had a momentary bit of peace and quiet at the beginning of the week. This gave us a chance to draw breath before the arrival on Thursday of my good friend Alan and a car load of visitors including Debi who I knew when I was working for the union and Alan’s father in law, Mike and one of Alan’s friends, Steve also known as Champ.

We had some worries as the last time Alan came for a visit he managed to set his sat nav incorrec...

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Autumn; Mole attacks; sheep and cows arrive; something nasty in the woodshed and we hit the choucroute circuit

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, November 17, 2014,
So it has been back to what approaches normal here at La Godefrere this week. With the weather turning autumnal the trees have started to lose their leaves. I was out walking around the grounds this morning on a lovely crisp day. The fieldfares and redwings have arrived and are feeding on the berries in the hedges and on some of the fallen fruit from our pear and apple trees. Then the birds go quiet as we have a daily visit from the sparrowhawk which flies across the orchard scanning for prey...

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2 ferries, a flat, phones, friends, a fire and a funeral; dead men’s shoes, and of course cats

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 9, 2014,

A ferry trip at each end of the week with a funeral in between has been the story of my week in which I have been back in Britain for my father in law’s funeral which has also given me a chance to catch up with old friends. What I thought would be a quiet and sombre week has proved to be exciting and interesting.

It all started on Monday morning at 5am when my sleep was interrupted by the shrill alarm from the clock radio. Fortunately I had set the alarm as I was deeply asleep and was shocke...


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Home alone 4, the wonders of the Meteo, I find a supermarket surprise and face early morning cat trauma as well as autumn mists.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 2, 2014,
The problem with films and their unending sequels is that you end up repeating the same plot. It is much the same here as I have just completed my 3rd week all alone and I am beginning to run out of recipes for my evening meals and have started to repeat some of the meals. Mind you 5 years ago before I retired I would have survived (or starved) on ready prepared meals from the freezer. So I am quite pleased with myself that every evening I have actually cooked a meal and managed of course to ...

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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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