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: August, 2016

A Conciliator arrives; a heat wave hits us; gravity happens; I ride the dumper truck and we have a chicken run

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 28, 2016,
The French have long been renowned for their diplomatic skills. At one time all diplomacy was conducted in French. It is good to know that those skills are still in use at local level. In our small hamlet there are four households. Ourselves and our French neighbours Giselle and Daniel are the only families to live here all year round. Our immediate neighbours are an English couple who have just bought the house next door as a holiday home and we see them at regular intervals. The fourth hous...

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Jeux Olympiques; Les Flories D’Antan; La Fete du Miel; and a strange encounter with “Dance me to the end of love”

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 21, 2016,
The past week has been dominated by the Olympic Games and Great Britain has done amazingly well with the largest number of medals won. Even greater than at the London games in 2012. Team GB won over 60 medals and we also got to support the French team which won 40 medals. So there was always someone to support and to watch on TV. What is amazing is how expert we become in sports we previously knew nothing about. I could sit in my chair and judge the gymnasts or divers for style marks as well ...

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Of mice and men; the catcher in the rye; tender is the night; Jam on the vine: Legends of the fall and the Grapes of wrath.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 14, 2016,
So Mrs. Parish is back at the helm. There was a moment when all could have gone wrong. As I was going to the village repas last Sunday I was asked if I could give Emile and Yvette a lift home afterwards. Normally this would be no problem but taking them home is not a straight forward task. Inevitably it would result in being invited in for coffee and this something that cannot be refused. That would have taken up valuable time for tidying up at home before going to collect Mrs. Parish. More p...

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Home alone in the peace and quiet of rural France with chicken and cat mayhem; beautiful birds; charming children

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, August 7, 2016,
So, Mrs Parish has been back in Britain since last Monday leaving me in control. Control is probably not the word I would have chosen. As I feared last week the La Godefrere animals have had something to say about that. I am starting the blog early in the morning. The sun is shining and I have things to do before going up to Ouistreham this evening to collect Mrs.Parish from the ferry port.

Well I may have a plan for the day but so do the animals. The chickens are shut up in their hen house 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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