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: December, 2015

Four Christmases; the Wizard of Oz; the Aristocats; It’s a Wonderful Life; Joyeux Noel; the Christmas film theme continues

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 27, 2015,
So, we have now experienced the second of our Christmases. It now seems as if we will be having four Christmases as our youngest daughter Amy and friend Charlotte will now be coming over later in January. So we will have to keep the Christmas spirit going for almost a month.  Four Christmases is a 2008 film which is supposed to be a comedy about visiting four sets of divorced parents at Christmas. As a film it is probably best forgotten!

Our second Christmas started exceptionally well with a v...

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The Very First Noel; Cinema Paradiso; the Great Escape; Rawhide; the Birds; all feature in the list of Christmas films at La Godefrere.

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, December 21, 2015,
We have arrived at the first Christmas here at La Godefrere. My daughter Jo arrived on Saturday and we enjoyed our first Christmas meal on Sunday which we designated as Christmas Day no.1. We had ordered a roti de pintade. A roast of guinea fowl from our butcher. It came deboned and rolled around a lovely filling of mushrooms. We had this with a whole load of vegetables picked that day from Mrs. Parish’s vegetable garden, so fresh as anything. The dinner was superb and we washed it down wit...

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Living longer in France; cafe and conversation; the great calf escape; hedging mishaps; Christmas polar bears and food choices

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 13, 2015,
It has been a cold and misty December Sunday here at la Godefrere. So we have lit up the wood burner and retreated indoors to keep warm. Mrs. Parish has disappeared to her sewing room and is feverishly making things for Christmas presents. I am sat right by the fire and writing up the weekly blog. It has been a bit of a quiet week with no village repas and dances to go to. I have just been over to the wine cave to choose a little something for this evening. Mrs. Parish is roasting a lovely pi...

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Mince pies and sausage rolls; bored boars; tractor trials; “Aux urnes, citoyens” at election time; Pot au feu supper with Didier’s one man band.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, December 6, 2015,
So, we are at the end of another week in France as we move into December. The weather has turned cold and windy. One the best bits of living in rural France is being able to wrap up warm and walk around the garden and fields that make up our property. Walking round the nature trail in our big field I can look out across the neighbouring fields and watch flocks of Lapwings, one minute feeding in the fields and then as one taking of and wheeling and swirling around before coming back to land in...

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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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