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

I plan to update this with weekly 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.

Browsing Archive: February, 2016

We greet new neighbours; have an artist in residence; discover what lurks in the long grass and find “potage 10 legumes” can we take it all the way to 11 (which is one tastier!!)

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 28, 2016,
It has been a week of cold but clear and sunny days. This has meant we have had time to get out and do more work in the garden and get some fresh air. The days are getting longer and it now I can at least get up in the light to feed the cats first thing in the morning. First thing is 7-30am. The cats are always gathered just outside the front door and as soon as the door is opened they flood in and immediately demand to be fed. They even get priority over Mrs. Parish’s cup of tea for which ...

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End of the 100 year’s war; the naming of children; Margot the Viking; Winter returns and we encounter giant brambles.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 21, 2016,
I managed this week to finish reading one of my Christmas books about the 100 years war. It seems like almost 100 years of reading as it was quite a big book but very interesting. The war came to an end after the resurgence of the French and following the appearance of Joan of Arc. Her appearance seems to follow the typically random way things happen in France. In the middle of a war fought on behalf of Kings of England and France a peasant woman suddenly turns up to lead the French army. Thi...

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The naming of Storms; do cats reduce stress; we have toad in the hole; our first bug hotel guests and spot a red squirrel.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 14, 2016,
Well, I would like to report that all is peace and quiet here at La Godefrere but the weather is not really cooperating. We thought that the nice young storm named Imogen had done her worst and finally faded away. On Friday we managed to get out into the garden and do some clearance work but by Saturday the wind and rain had returned. Not enough for a new storm name though.

A friend of ours, called Jacqui was hoping to have a storm named after her as J would be the next letter. She quite fanci...

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Happy Chinese New Year; Uncle Al and Auntie Debi come for a visit; Imogen also arrives and we experience French restaurant style

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, February 8, 2016,
Christmas, despite happening 4 times here is now a distant memory and we seem to have managed to skip January, which is no bad thing. I woke up this morning and realised that it is the Chinese New Year. So bonne fetes to all my Chinese friends. This year it is the year of the Monkey. Looking things up I also discover that the year I was born in 1951 was the year of the Rabbit. On the other hand Mrs. Parish it seems was born in the year of the Dragon. I think maybe I should refrain from furthe...

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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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