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

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Browsing Archive: February, 2015

Poule au pot et un après-midi recreatif; dancing of the dead; les giboulees de mars; we slash and burn; the year of the sheep; mole machinations.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 22, 2015,
After last week’s lazy Sunday we have been hard at it today. We have been attending a lunchtime meal and dance at the nearby village of Brece. This is one of the regular events organised by local village fete committees to raise funds for the local community. This time it was a poule au pot occasion. Basically chicken casserole based upon a meal established by Henri IV who was king of France at the end of the 16th Century. Known as good king Henri he was originally a protestant who convenie...

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We pick up sticks, we pick up logs, we experience skipping cows, we are English Rosbifs and experience a lazy Sunday

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 15, 2015,

I am having a lazy Sunday. It is a cold but now sunny day but not much of a day for outside jobs. It is also frowned upon in France to do too much work on a Sunday. One of the many advantages of living in France, a proper Sunday. So this morning, after making Mrs. Parish a cup of tea and feeding the cats, it was settling down in front of the TV to watch football on match of the day. Because we are an hour behind in France the match of the day programme on Saturday night doesn’t start until ...

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What is in a name; we consider hibernation, we feed a cold ,we go to a sports dinner and I explain a rugby ruck using the contents of the dinner table.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 8, 2015,
I mentioned last week that Mrs. Parish and I were developing cold symptoms and I remembered the old adage that you should feed a cold (as well as Emile’s calvados remedy). So what better country to be in than France to put this to the test. 

The French are obsessed with food. Our local radio station France Bleu Mayenne has a daily programme every morning devoted to food. There are discussions of different foods and recipes and for half an hour they dispense with any annoying music to concent...

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The dental currency indicator; myrmecology, “Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane”: a Magic 10 Euro coat and Hop o’my Thumb.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 1, 2015,
My French dentist will be very happy this week. He reckons he has an indicator which tells him when the Pound is strong against the Euro as he gets loads of his English patients coming in for dental repairs. He tells me that he has quite a lot of English patients and most have fixed incomes based upon a pension transferred from Britain. When they get more Euros for their pounds in currency transfers they are flush with Euros and come in for treatment. This week the exchange rate reached an 11...

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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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