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Browsing Archive: August, 2015

A week of rain and ratatouille, crosswords, cleaning, cooking and charcuterie; marriage, mayors, mountains and moles

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 30, 2015,
It has been a week full of rain and more rain. This good and bad. Good because it has reduced the number of tasks on my list considerably as I have been unable to get outside to do them and bad as I have run out of indoor jobs to do and been going stir crazy. It hasn’t helped being on my own this week as Mrs. Parish is still back in Britain helping our daughter Jo with her new house and garden.

It started raining last weekend and carried on almost continuously until Friday morning. By Wednes...

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The Return of the Jedi (and mother in law); we learn the French for handcuffs: no hornets but a bumper garden surplus (why does everything create more work) and we celebrate 3 years by supporting local business

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 23, 2015,
As I write this week’s blog I note that we have achieved a first here at La Godefrere as we have not one but two Jedi Warriors marauding around our garden. They are complete with light sabres and have already declared that our patio table is now the meeting place of the Jedi Council to which all three of our cats have been elected. At the moment I can hear a great battle going on but it seems that the Jedi are winning and they have rescued Princess Leia from the ugly sheep lords who live on...

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The Couesmes Grand Prix; beyond life and death; fruit hazards; dance of the ants; last wasp standing; hornet squatters; and mother in law arrives.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 16, 2015,
The week started with great excitement and lots of thrills and spills as the Grand Prix came to Couesmes. When I say Grand Prix that may be a bit of an exaggeration as there was no sign of Lewis Hamilton. This was the annual dirt track Autocross which takes place in a specially designed field just outside the village. The track is carved out of the field and with banked earth making the twisting track. It is an all day event with the morning taken up with heats and then the final races after ...

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Le Mans 24 hours; museum misrepresentation; ; the montgfolfiers ; Anglo-French death squad; eco cops and red trousers

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 9, 2015,
This has been a truly amazing week and one full of action and incident and involving quite a lot of eating and drinking. This should make up for last week’s blog which on reflection may have appeared a bit stodgy with rather a lot of bread involved. No such problems this week with lots of incident and which all started with the Le Mans 24 hours.

This was not a trip to the 24 hour race for which Le Mans is famous but instead a 24 hour visit to the medieval town centre and the chance to see an...

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Ironing along with good and evil; French Bread and circuses; Mad Moggie and the missing mouse.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 2, 2015,
So, now it is August and we are back to full on summer here at La Godefrere. It is a lovely sunny Sunday and I have left Mrs.Parish sat knitting in the garden to come in and write up this week’s blog. It has been a quiet week and the weather has gradually improved as we have gone on. We had a family of four staying in the gite for two weeks. They didn’t have the best of weather but still had a great time and found plenty of places to visit. They left yesterday to return via the Channel Tu...

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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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