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: October, 2015

Agincourt, once more into the breach dear friends; Lunch with les Sapeur Pompiers; sex with the French and the dirty dancing of the maize.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 25, 2015,

This has been an eventful week as my son Ian got married to the lovely Emma in Las Vegas. We join them for an English celebration in November. So Mrs. Parish (that is my Mrs. Parish and not the new Mrs. Parish, this is going to get confusing!) and I have spent the week toasting the happy couple!

The new Mrs. Parish with Ian

Today is St. Crispin’s Day, Sunday 25th October and just happens to be the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt. The battle won by Henry V of England against a num...

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Fruit & Nut wars II; Return to the North West Passage; Stealth cows; a branch incident; Biker cats and the Tractor man

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 18, 2015,
I reported last week on the problems of passing some of our surplus produce to our neighbour Giselle. The problem being that she then retaliates by bringing us some of her surplus. So last week some chestnuts and walnuts resulted in a large bag of pears. There are only so many pears you can eat before they go off. Mrs. Parish decides that we need to overwhelm our neighbours this week. So under cover of night we assemble our supplies and make ready to deliver at dawn. We have a box of chestnut...

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We start Autumn jobs; the calva rides to the rescue; we find the stairway to heaven; we meet maitre corbeau and there has definitely been tupping

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 11, 2015,
The mornings are getting darker and there is a definite chill in the air. I usually get up to the sound of some awful French music on the bedside radio at 7-30am. Mrs. Parish argues that this is good for me as there is little chance I will lay in as the music is so annoying that I will have to get up. The cats agree as this is their specified breakfast time. They are always outside ready and waiting for breakfast and if they can, looking in the window. Of course we have started to close the c...

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I harvest hogweed. We have a fine store of wine, fruit and jam; we pick cider apples and the cats remind me it is St. Francis of Assisi Day

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, October 4, 2015,
Today is apparently the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who just happens to be the patron saint of animals and therefore it is some sort of world animal day. The cats are quick to inform me of this fact and to point out and that they were expecting presents this morning. They also advise me that a Feast Day should involve some sort of feast and what could they expect? I think they are going to be a bit disappointed, although we are having roast pork for Sunday dinner and in the unlikely e...

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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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