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: May, 2016

The problem with chickens; artisan gates; time lapse owls; life and death drama in the peace of rural France; oh, and France is on strike

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 29, 2016,
You would have thought that having a few chickens was a simple affair in keeping with the quiet rustic life that we have adopted in France. That would be fine if we had quiet rustic French chickens. It seems we have chickens with attitude. I know we named them after suffragettes so we only have ourselves to blame. These are clearly French chickens who have the typical French attitude to authority and rules.

We want our chickens to have an enjoyable life in return for the eggs they helpfully la...

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Descartes and the early morning problem; Daniel’s cock; stealth chickens; lion dung and the return of the prodigal calf

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 22, 2016,
We spent some time in last week’s blog discussing Descartes approach to philosophy (this blog is really quite highbrow, maybe should be reviewed by the Guardian). Reading a bit more about Descartes reveals something of an interesting life but he clearly never solved the early morning problem. Descartes disliked getting up in the morning and rose late and worked late into the night. A kind of “I think therefore I am” but not until after 10am!

In 1649 he was invited by Queen Christina of S...

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Yorkshire cheese and French wine; Coffee and Descartes; The owl and the pussycat; Chicken Run

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 15, 2016,
So it has been an interesting week during which we seem to have consumed quite a lot of wine and whisky and entered into great political and philosophical debates. The weather has been decidedly unseasonal and we have had rain all week and it has been cold and windy. In many ways it was useful to have visitors as Mrs. Parish would have had a week of not being able to get out into the garden. Instead we entertained our guests. Sandy Clark a scot who I first met doing an MA at Keele University ...

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Why there is no blog this week!!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 8, 2016,
A Scottish friend and his wife have descended upon us and we have spent the day deep in political discussions and wine and whisky, we have been finishing the dregs of bottles. Normal (ish) service will resume next week.

The dregs have been put away!


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Four calling birds; three French hens; no turtle doves (yet) and some blossom in a pear tree, oh and we meet the worm lady!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, May 1, 2016,
Well, I think we should start with the three French hens who arrived at La Godefrere on Wednesday. We decided that we should go to the street market at St. Hilaire du Harcoet to see if we could buy some chickens. We have seen when visiting this market that there are several stalls selling live chickens. We have also noted that the stall holders return each week so we reckoned that it would OK to make the purchase here.

St.Hilaire is a fantastic and typically French street market. There are loa...

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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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