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: March, 2016

Pascal the Destroyer; a post box incident; we have an excess of tiredness, ivy, stone, wood and lunch

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 27, 2016,
So, it is now Easter weekend and we are meeting with Katie the latest named storm to hit Europe. Now that we have given them names it is like expecting old friends to come knocking on your door. However Katie seems to be comprised of violent winds, torrential rain and this afternoon the prospect of thunder and lightning! So I don’t think we want to be friends with Katie, and she sounded so nice.

Fortunately the rest of last week was full of sunny days and so we were able to get on with the d...

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Spring is here; a long day in the saddle; the Ouvriers Lunch, the Ewe and the Lamb and other tails (cats)

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 20, 2016,
It is officially the first day of spring and here at La Godefrere things are happening. The garden and our nature trail are full of daffodils and primroses. Birds are singing and down at the bottom of the big field we have our first sound and sighting of the Chiff Chaff normally the first bird to arrive back here after migrating back to nest. On my local group there have been sightings of swallows down in the Sarthe Department which is the next Department to Mayenne and just a bit further sou...

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International Women’s Day part 2; Spring is in the air; ants awake; cat stress, an update; we have a birthday crane and there is chaos in the lane!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 13, 2016,
I mentioned last week that we were approaching International Women’s day which was on Tuesday March 8th. Our local newspaper always has some interesting reflexions on equality on this day. I noticed in the paper that there had been a recent survey of French people on whether they thought history was important and then who were the most important men and women in French history.

80% of those asked thought history very important, which is pretty high. Of these some 60% put Charles De Gaulle as...

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A week in which, apparently we have a stressed cat! We look at French equality and we find out about farmer’s knives.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 6, 2016,
It seems that we have a stressed cat on our hands. For the past couple of weeks we have noticed that Moggie had some bare patches where his fur had been pulled out. As it did not seem to be getting any better we decided to take him to our local vet in Ambrieres. It is a very nice vet’s practice but typically French. The Vet’s surgery is an old shop premises in the square in Ambrieres and going in you are met by shelves full of various ointments and pills for cattle. 

Being in a large dairy...

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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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