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: November, 2015

Lamb legs and Bull bellowing; making Christmas; when the kissing stops; the dancing plague and meowing nuns!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 29, 2015,
The weather has been colder again this week and we have been forced indoors although earlier in the week, Mrs. Parish and I were out replacing fence posts around the allotment. This is a very much brains and brawn team effort. Mrs. Parish is in charge of the intricate task of removing staples which hold the fence against the posts. I then remove the old posts and replace them with new fence posts which are then hammered into the ground with a large and heavy sledgehammer. Mrs. Parish then rep...

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The weather gets colder; the boar and mole alliance; we get stuck into the old ruin and reflect on the French “politesse”

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 22, 2015,
The weather has got decidedly colder in the past couple of days after a week of mild yet very rainy days. It has been pretty miserable all week and most days we have had heavy rain. So Mrs. Parish and I have not ventured out much. We have used the time to decorate the spare bedroom. This also doubles as Mrs. Parish’s sewing room and has been a bit of a mess for some time. We have completely repainted and put up new wallpaper and it now looks really smart. We have reorganised the layout to m...

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Autumn is here; the boar war; officially too young for the white hair club; English visit and the hen reunion; the après midi recreatif with zombies

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 15, 2015,
We are back in France after a visit to England for the wedding party of my son Ian to Emma. We arrived in England a week last Friday and immediately noticed that the weather was rubbish and that there was traffic everywhere. We did however have a great time but missed the quiet and peacefulness of France.

The autumn is now with us and the weather is turning a bit colder. Mrs. Parish and I have been out and about in the garden trying to get everything tidy and sorted for the winter. On returnin...

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Autumn marches on, a new village bar opens; Daniel and his magic wheelbarrow appear; the mangle wurzels are harvested; its National cat day; and we have a boar incident

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 1, 2015,
It has been a strange week as we move on into autumn. At the beginning of the week the weather was what you might expect and the days got a little colder and shorter after the clocks went back. Things were happening as one might expect in rural France. The farmers were out finishing off the maize harvest. The roads were getting muddier and muddier. In our garden and filed the fieldfare started to arrive along with redwings. The attraction of several trees and bushes full of berries is very at...

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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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