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

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Browsing Archive: September, 2016

Mission Impossible, Rogue Hens; we get expert advice; I am home alone with cats and hens; the hunting season starts today.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, September 25, 2016,
So, the hens once again dominate life here at La Godefrere. I had associated the hens escaping with the film the Great Escape and found myself whistling the tune as I went in search of the chickens. A friend, Jacqui, has told me that the hen escapades remind her of the film, Mission Impossible (and of course those of us who can remember the original TV series which ran from 1966 to 1973!!). Anyway that also has a distinctive theme tune, which naturally is now in my head each time I see the he...

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We build a ring of steel; the hens think the sky is falling in as we experience “the great storm” and we taste wine at a crazy French “Foire aux Vins

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, September 18, 2016,

The hens continued in their prisoner of war mode from last weekend. At every opportunity they were finding a way out and escaping either down the lane or up the lane. We thought we had covered up the escape holes in all the gates and then discovered that they were slipping over the bank, though rough grass at the top and then sliding down into the lane. Mrs. Parish had the bright idea that we could frighten them back in and so she went out into the lane and when the chickens got to the top of...

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“Pour encourager les autres”; chicken toys; wasps and other insects; that were the Great Drought!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, September 11, 2016,

The hens clearly have a taste for freedom. We have spent the past week chasing hens back into the garden and then trying to seal up the escape routes. In doing so we have discovered that hens can squeeze under gates and fences through quite small gaps. So we have been reinforcing all the gates with yet more chicken wire. Once we have secured the gap and got the hens back into the garden they go off and quietly give the appearance of feeding in the grass. Of course as soon as we go off to do s...

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The Great Escape; The Colditz Story and La Grande Illusion – chicken drama followed by missing Minou, Cornish Champagne and a ferry fuss

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, September 4, 2016,
There has been great drama here at La Godefrere over the past week. After last week’s bid for freedom, it looked to me that the chickens were up to something as they had been huddled together in corners of the garden for a few days. I reckoned they were plotting something. We probably made a mistake in naming the chickens after the suffragettes as this has made them more bolshie and I think given them ideas.

On Wednesday we discovered what they were up to when we realised that there were no ...

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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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