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.

This website can no longer host my blog so I have changed to using wordpress. This can be accessed through the following link:


Browsing Archive: April, 2017

Election special; Roget’s repas; notes from a ropeman; Juliet is given a seeing to; and a hoopoe comes calling

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, April 23, 2017,
As I write the blog we are awaiting the first-round election results. You will remember from last week just how close the French Presidential election results will be with the top two coming from a range of four candidates. The final opinion polls show it is too close to call. Voting is taking place as we speak and the polls close in rural areas at 7pm and in urban areas at 8pm. In France the counting takes place at individual polling stations with the results reported in to a central office....

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The trials of running a gite; French elections, “au coude a coude”, a tiring week with concrete and trees; but at least we have happy hens

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, April 16, 2017,
This week we have our first paying guests staying in the gite. For the first time, we have a French family here on holiday. They are a lovely family from Rennes with two young children aged 2 and 6. They wanted a nice gite with large grounds for the kids and a chance for some quiet but good family time. They are enjoying themselves and have had a barbecue this lunchtime despite it being a bit chilly, but at least the sun is shining!

The arrival of guests coincided with an interesting report in...

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Things cometh (the tree man; the sun; sheep) and things goeth (visitors mostly) and I am entertained by a melodious warbler being very melodious

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, April 9, 2017,

Well, we are getting back to normal this week and that means the blog is back to its Sunday spot and will be full of exciting news. Our guests have all gone and we have the chance to catch up on the many jobs we have to do here. 

At the same time the weather has gone crazy and we have a heat wave with full on sun and temperatures up to 25 degrees C today. I even have my shorts on!! This is unheard of; my legs do not usually appear in public until June at the earliest. We have had to search for...

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Vegan Visitors; old friends arrive; essential supplies get through and swallows are here and the little owls are back in their gite nest

Posted by Graham Parish on Tuesday, April 4, 2017,

It has all been a bit hectic here at La Godefrere with visitors arriving and leaving and we are all a bit disrupted here at La Godefrere. Our current visitors (old work friends of mine) have gone off for the day to visit the Mont St Michel, so a chance to catch up with the blog.

The cats are just getting over a week with two dogs here. The dogs came with my son and daughter in law. They were staying in the gite but spent some time in the house. Archie was fine as he just stands his ground when...

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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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