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: June, 2015

We encounter hot heat, a not happy hornet, hoopoes and hospitals and go on to find accordions and alpacas

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, June 28, 2015,
It has been really hot for the past few days and due to get even hotter here in France with the temperature due in the high 30’s on Tuesday. Mrs. Parish and I have just returned from the fete at St. Simeone a nearby village. We went for the lunch or repas with Emile and Yvette and some English friends.

There must have been at least 3 to4 hundred there and the serving of the food was a masterful display of organisation. There was of course tripe on the menu and Emile indulged himself. It neve...

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Today is International Yoga day and we have had a week of Happy hoopoes; more mole malarkey; Chariots of fire; estate agents and a waterloo sunset

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, June 21, 2015,
This week has been a bit of a getting back to normal week, if such a thing exists here. However after the excitement of going back to Britain last week and the noise and traffic it was good to be in the peace and quiet of La Godefrere. Walking around the grounds and just listening to birds singing and looking at how much the garden has grown and of course the grass. It is a beautiful place to live and I am struck by just how lucky we are.

The flowers in the garden are looking really nice as ar...

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This week we have experienced World Knitting Day; developed a wood strategy; seen off some mates and found the cats in strange places.

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, June 15, 2015,
This week has seen the usual cultural mix that seems to envelope my life these days. It has been an interesting week which involved a visit to Britain to attend retirement celebrations for a couple of friends I used to work with. As I arrived back in France late last night the blog has been delayed for 24 hours. This has given me time to reflect on my visit and review the events of the week.

A highlight surely should have been last Saturday which Mrs. Parish tells me is world knitting day. Wel...

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The eternal triangle; one turtle dove; St.Nobby; free wine; Tractor envy and some fannying

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, June 7, 2015,
Another mixed and interesting week in rural France.  It has also been very hot and since Thursday we have had glorious blue skies and scorching hot days, but with a light breeze so it has not been impossible to work outside. Although we have taken plenty of opportunities to sit and enjoy the garden, often with a nice ice cream to keep us cool.

I have spent most of the week repairing the steps that lead up to our gite which is on the first and second floor of the building opposite the house. Th...

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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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