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: May, 2015

Cat flap capers; springwatch is here; I practice my French and we make hay and have some grog

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 31, 2015,
It is a very wet Sunday here at La Godefrere and so we have been catching up on indoor tasks including doing the ironing. It also means I can make an early start on writing up this week’s blog. This week the weather has been better although a bit windy. It has given us the chance to start the process of getting the cats used to using the cat flap in their new cat palace.

Up until now we have left the cat flap open and propped it with a stick. The cats have come in and out and have settled in...

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Normality has been restored on a quiet Sunday but this week we have had: a classic strike; two fingers from the moles, a taxing time and a visit to the Palais des chats

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 24, 2015,
It has been a lovely quiet Sunday here at La Godefrere. The sun has been out and I have spent time sitting in the garden watching two blue tits going backwards and forwards from a nest in one of our oak trees feeding their young. Fortunately they are high up in the tree and the cats have not seen them. Mind you they have also been enjoying the sunny day and they are stretched out in various places around the garden. They show no sign of moving for a few hours until tea time this afternoon.


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Normality is almost with us but: Monet comes to visit; farmers fall out; we revisit the calvados test and it all ends happilyr.

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, May 18, 2015,
What passes for normality has nearly returned to La Godefrere. Our guests, Sandy and Kathy left yesterday morning leaving Mrs. Parish and I to get back into the routines of bed making and grass cutting. It also meant a slight delay in this week’s blog as by the time we had finished tidying up tiredness overtook and the blog was a step too far! First of all I had to sneak out to the recycling depot with rather a lot of wine bottles. Most of which was drunk by our guests and Mrs. Parish and I...

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Cats in a flap and a flowerpot, ferries in a fix, and a Scottish diversion

Posted by Graham Parish on Wednesday, May 13, 2015,
I’m sorry that the blog is a few days late this week but life here has been somewhat disrupted. I have been in England for the past 10 days and have now arrived back to greet a couple of old friends who are staying with us. Sandy is a rather large Scotsman and Kathy is from Yorkshire. So there is much talking, eating and a few drinks!  Sandy has a great fondness for red wine so loves France but also forces me to drink Scottish malt whisky. As a consequence there has been no time for writing...

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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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