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.

This website can no longer host my blog so I have changed to using wordpress. This can be accessed through the following link:


Browsing Archive: January, 2015

Currency speculation; ant experience enhancements; perpetual pot au feu; skipping baboons; Ukrainian ladder dancers and still not the end of January!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 25, 2015,
The currency exchange rate is really going mad with the Pound being at its best against the Euro for over 11 years. This means that we get many more Euros to the Pound when we change money. This week it has risen to 1.34 Euros for every Pound. That compares with 1.27 when we moved here in August 2012. The European bank has been engaging in quantitive easing with is basically printing Euros and injecting them into the European economy. So far this has not impressed the currency speculators and...

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Christmas 3 – The Vegans have landed; we experience spring and winter on the same day and look forward to 2015

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 18, 2015,
So a week on and we try to return to normality. Or what passes for it here at La Godefrere. I should report on Christmas number 3 when we were visited by our daughter Amy and her friend Charlotte. I went to pick them from the ferry port near Caen from the evening ferry which docks at 9-30pm. Unfortunately the weather was awful and we had a 2 hour drive back through thick fog. French roads do not have cats’ eyes (probably because they are a British invention). As a consequence at night or in...

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Je suis Charlie - Vive La france

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 11, 2015,
Today I have no words after what  happened in Paris this week. All I can do is stand in solidarity with the people of France who have taken to the streets today in great numbers to reaffirm their belief in Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The blog will hopefully return next week.

Bon courage

Paris 11th January

Place de la Republique, Paris 11th January 2015
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We start 2015 with a lull, but hear from Sunny Rentals, encounter Polish poodles and Swedish seesawers and play scrabble with the cats

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 4, 2015,
So, here we are starting another New Year and this will be the third volume of the La Godefrere Blog. I did consider moving to a monthly blog as I thought I would struggle to find something to write about each week. But this is France and we have cats so there is always something crazy going on. We seem to attract strange friends and animals, I have no idea why. Mrs. Parish on the other hand says she has a very clear idea why craziness abounds around us.

Of course we came into New Year’s Eve...

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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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