Welcome to the Blog part of the website. 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!! 

I plan to update this with regular  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.

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Browsing Archive: September, 2014

I achieve Yoga success; we have a French week of forms, markets, the foire au vin and we attend an AGM

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, September 28, 2014,
You will be pleased to hear that Yoga has solved the back problem. It is clear that my practice of the relevant yoga poses have caused my back pain to go away. I suppose I should add that the three “asanas” that I have managed to grasp involve in two cases standing with my back to the wall. One of which also involves the amazingly complicated task of putting my arms out straight and then lifting them over my head all at the same time as tightening my calves, clenching my buttocks, pulling...

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A week in which my chakras are aligned; sheep are sprung; swallows gather, cats lounge and Archie attacks

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, September 21, 2014,
I explained in last week’s blog that I had a bad back and was hobbling about the place. I tried some “Voltarol” anti inflammatory cream which I had seen on the TV. In the advert a man rubs cream on his bad back and within minutes goes from being a complete cripple to a break dancing phenomena. No such luck. After several “rubs” I am not up to even a very slow waltz let alone break dancing.

Mrs. Parish now enters the scene as she is getting fed up with me moaning and groaning and hobb...

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Wiggle end; Rawhide and the last round up; camera club competition crisis and we get an anti-scalping device

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, September 14, 2014,
I have ceased to need to wiggle! My new connecting wire for the computer arrived this week so I don’t need to either hold and wiggle or hold it in place using a large dictionary!

Well, we are approaching the end of summer here at La Godefrere and the nights are beginning to pull in. Most nights I go out to look for wildlife (I should quickly explain that in this context wildlife refers to foxes, deer, hares, bats and owls etc). I usually go for a wander around at dusk and we are having a bit...

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We wiggle; lose some guests; discuss the Bread/Cheese equilibrium dilemma and find cats in flowerpots

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, September 7, 2014,
I am having to type this blog under pressure! The power wire to my computer is wearing out and I am having to wiggle the wires to keep the power on and then to hold the wire at just the right angle to keep it working. If not the battery will run out and the blog will not be written. I have managed ordered a new wire on the internet before it failed completely but it won’t be here for another week. So a week of wiggling is ahead of me providing it holds out! 

An interesting and a little tryin...

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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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