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: June, 2016

A week in which we are brexited; I face fiendish furniture fabrication; my blackberry dies and I am left with an orange; and the cows have the last word!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, June 26, 2016,

It has been a difficult and complicated week which has been shrouded by the disastrous decision in the British referendum regarding whether to stay in Europe or leave. I can usually find something amusing to say about my life in France but the decision to vote to leave the European Union is far from funny.

Already a friend of ours has lost her job working for a local estate agency as the number of Brits looking to buy houses in France has plummeted. The economic fallout will continue I think. ...

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Les femmes formidable (Ils ne passerant pas); hay and happy times; le foot, EURO 2016 comes to France; the Welsh invade eventually

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, June 19, 2016,
Well, here I am back at La Godefrere after a few days R&R with old friends. It seems neither the cats nor the chickens actually missed me, although the cows did miss out on our regular over the fence chats. The problem with going away at this time of year is that everything sneakily grows in your absence. The grass in the garden had shot up and when I went around the nature trail the brambles had started to shoot out over the path. So the first task is to get out the tractor mower and cut the...

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Strikes and Labour Law; Saints Igor and Nobby; we meet a melodious warbler, eventually and have a quiet day in the garden

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, June 5, 2016,
The French like a good strike and at the moment it seems as if everyone is on strike! The train drivers , air traffic control, airline pilots, nuclear power workers have all taken action over the past week. Before that the unions were blockading the oil refineries creating a real problem of getting hold of fuel.

The dispute is all about France’s Labour laws which afford good protection for workers. The French have a legal right to a 35 hours week and it is very difficult for French companies...

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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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