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: November, 2016

An odd couple; a night on the tiles; we take to the streets; classy calendars arrive; there are cat conundrums.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 27, 2016,
This week, Mrs. Parish returned on Wednesday from her visit to the UK arriving on the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham. So all is getting back to normal at La Godefrere. Although this is France and normality can be somewhat different! While out walking this morning we saw in the lane leading to a farm two dogs. On closer examination it was a goat and a dog that seemed to be the best of friends and were playing together!

Dog and Goat friend!

Today we are a wee bit tired after gettin...

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A la mode, I meet the world of fashion; enter the alcove of disappointment; Mrs. Parish plays Santa and I watch nature’s cut and thrust.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 20, 2016,
An interesting start to the day. I am home alone at the moment, so I listen out in the morning for the radio to come on at 7am. I then get up to feed the cats and start the day’s chores. This morning the radio came on so I got up and dressed, deciding to shower later. I was about to go down stairs to let the cats in for their breakfast when I went to turn off the radio. At this point I realised that the radio had been tripped into action by a power cut in the midst of a very strong windy st...

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Democracy, it’s a funny old game; So long Marianne; Les cheveux blancs and cats in boxes plus super moon bonus

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, November 13, 2016,
All in all it has been a strange week. It all began with my friends in America doing a very odd thing in electing a man with an orange face and decidedly odd hair to be their President. That would not be so bad if it were not for the even more decidedly odd and somewhat unpleasant views that he expressed during the election campaign. 

But I suppose that’s democracy for you. You give people a vote but you can’t be sure what they will do with it. Indeed in France the 1848 Revolution, sometim...

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The 10,000 steps of Debi Potter; “sympathy for the devil”; shopping with the schtroumpfs; I resort to Grog and Moggie bags a mole

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, November 7, 2016,

So, we have survived a weekend full of food, drink, games, laughter, more drink and a lot of walking. Our good friends Debi and Al, who I used to work with arrived for a visit on Friday evening and departed this morning to return to the UK. Sadly on Friday the weather was not good and we had a day of rain.

This immediately produced a problem for Debi on her arrival as she had not completed her daily task of making 10,000 steps as part of her slimming world regime. Interesting that I have used ...

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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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