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: October, 2014

Home alone 3; carpe fromage; cat musical chairs; a maths lesson; Jean Renoir and Giselle become saviours

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 26, 2014,
So, I am still home alone and in charge at La Godefrere. Mrs. Parish remains across the Channel and I will be joining her next week for her dad’s funeral on 4th November. It is somewhat ironic that he is being buried around Bonfire night as he has always had a great love of fireworks and there was always a great display in the back garden at his house in November. So next week he will be going out with a big bang, which he would appreciate.

The loneliness of command is however weighing heavy...

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An exciting week which ends sadly. I am Home alone 2; I confront a raging bull; we get a bone for a waterlogged dog, speak French, mostly in the autumn sunshine.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 19, 2014,

Well it has been an exciting and action packed week which has ended with sadness as I have just heard that my father in law died this morning. I considered whether I should cancel this week’s blog as a mark of respect but actually he would not have wanted that. He had a great sense of humour and so I shall dedicate this week’s blog to Gordon Edwards, always known as granddad and a man who was deeply loved by all his family and the one’s like me associated by marriage. He was the perfect...


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Bodies in the hearth; we go to Nantes and meet: traffic, a great Elephant, a chain gang of French mayors and some Samurai and find the Clandestine Bar

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 12, 2014,
It has been a busy week and interesting week here at La Godefrere, although for the past couple of days we have been in Nantes celebrating Mrs. Parish’s birthday. More of which later. We returned earlier than anticipated as the weather has turned foul and we have had heavy rain all day so we decided to come straight home rather than plan more visits. Of course we arrived home to meet a delegation of cats with a list of grievances. Our neighbour Peter has been feeding them for the past coupl...

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There is a hedge cutting incident; Daniel plays a trick; the chemists go on strike and I have a tightness in my chain!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 5, 2014,
Autumn is now here but at the moment you would not know it. It is a gloriously sunny day and Mrs. Parish is happily pottering about in the garden. I even have my shorts on again, in October!! There are still an odd few swallows around who have not yet flown off to Africa. It is however chilly first thing in the morning and it gets cooler as the nights draw in. All this is causing the cats some bother and they appear at the window much earlier now. I have explained that it is no good trying th...

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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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