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: February, 2017

Walking and talking; Bird flu and unhappy hens;Archie takes the high ground after establishing new custom and practice arrangements and the grass is cut

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 26, 2017,
I continue to make progress in recovering from my operation. Yesterday for the first time in a month I had some cheese and a glass of wine. My initial low fat strict diet has come to an end and so I can start to eat things like cheese which were on the banned list. To be in France and not to be able to have some cheese is very difficult. So yesterday I made a start and am pleased to say that my new digestive arrangements seemed to cope very well. 

We went to have a meal with our English neighb...

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A stitch in time; the strange world of “amigurumi” comes to la Godefrere; chicken conspiracy; cormorant latest and the first signs of spring

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 19, 2017,
Another week passes and I am feeling much better. I went to the hospital last Monday to have my stitches out. Yet another good experience of the French health service. My appointment was at 3pm so we arrived in good time. At Mayenne hospital there is plenty of parking and it is free to park (unlike most hospitals now in the UK). We had to register at the reception and were seen promptly and referred to the department of “chirurgie viscerale” (abdominal surgery). We arrived at their waitin...

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Continuing convalescence; cormorant conflict crisis and the cormorant management toolbox

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 12, 2017,
After a week back at home I am finally beginning to feel better. I have been visited every 2 days by Madame Rumy, our district nurse. She comes every other day to change the dressings on the holes from the operation. She arrives, bristling efficiency and wastes no time in stripping off the dressings, cleaning the wounds and placing new dressings. She manages to be cheerful and reassuring before disappearing out the door to her next client. Monday I have to go back to the hospital to have the ...

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Well, what a week in which I go under the knife, the cats and hens take advantage; and to cap it all a tree falls down

Posted by Graham Parish on Tuesday, February 7, 2017,

Last week I thought I was just postponing the blog for a day or so as I was not feeling too well. Now a week later I am sat at home after a week in the local hospital where I had my gall bladder removed. One more exciting new experience during my time in France.

At least I got the chance to test out the French health system which proved to be exceptionally good. On Friday, 10 days ago I was feeling poorly having had stomach pains and then a high fever. So I went to see our local doctor. He was...

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Good news and better news!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, February 5, 2017,
The good news is that I have returned home after a week in Mayenne Hospital having my gall bladder removed. This all came as a bit of a surprise to me! I came home yesterday and am still a bit fragile but being ministered to by Mrs. Parish. The even better news is that I should have this week's blog finished in a couple of days so we can get back to some sort of normality. Look out for all the gory details!!

Mayenne Hospital excellent facilities and staff

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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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