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: July, 2015

Tour de France finale; operation escargot hits France; Dame Dawn and the royal visit; we watch some hoopoes and talk a load of bull

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 26, 2015,
It has been a very rainy day here in France. The rain started over night and has been steadily raining all day with not much sign of respite. So an indoor day for Mrs. Parish and me. On a positive note we have had the chance to book up an overnight visit to Le Mans. In the summer they light up many of the public buildings including the very big cathedral. So in two weeks time we will be off to Le Mans to see the light show and to explore a beautiful and historic city. The rainy day has also r...

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We encounter a Stinking Willy and new foes arise; the corpse disposal squad; tractor troubles; I become fluent in wine; new neighbours arrive.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 19, 2015,
After all the visitors of the past few weeks Mrs. Parish and I looked forward to a quieter time and a chance to have the place to ourselves again. There were lots of jobs to do and of course a chance to get back to a routine. The weather promised to stay clear and hot and so things were set for an easy week but of course life here is not that simple and just as we relaxed new and dreadful foes were arising!

Firstly a walk around our hay field revealed that a new threat had literally grown up i...

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More visitors, Archie Moleslayer and exocet missile, Le Tour de France and the vicious caravan and we find an Icon at a Vide Grenier (empty attic)

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 12, 2015,
Well it has been another busy and exciting week. We said goodbye last weekend to our mad friends who I used to work with. Mrs. Parish and I were looking forward to a quiet Monday and a chance to catch up with tidying and clearing up the gite, doing laundry and the ironing.
No such luck as we had a call from some old friends from Wiltshire who we had not seen for many years. They were in their campervan and touring around France and thought they would call in to see us and would arrive on the M...

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Mrs. Parish averts diplomatic incident; 6 go mad in Mayenne; we meet Bernie Bunser and get stuck on a ramp and Compo and Clegg have a day out

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 5, 2015,
This week has ended in spectacular fashion with the visit of 6 crazy colleagues I used to work with. They arrived Friday morning with no mishaps this time. Alan’s sat nav managed to avoid the Calais route back to Britain. We have had a full and exciting weekend which involved lots of food and drink and laughing. More of this later as first I must update you with news of a near diplomatic incident that occurred here at La Godefrere and another opportunity for Mrs.Parish to extend her skill s...

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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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