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: January, 2017

Calvados and cherries; the USA sends knitted chicken wear; we sing Nelly the elephant and we meet a happy log while potatoes disappear

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 22, 2017,
Sadly no news of Minou but thanks for all the kind and helpful comments.

In the past week we have slipped quietly into post Christmas mode. We duly went next door to Giselle and Daniel’s house with a couple of other English friends and Alain, a friend of our French neighbours. This was for our annual celebration of Epiphany called the Galette des Rois. The Galette is a French cake.

The cake traditionally celebrating Epiphany is sold in most bakeries during the month of January. Three versions...

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It has been a tough, sad week here at La Godefrere

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 15, 2017,
Just when things seem to be going well life has a habit of kicking you in the teeth. Sadly our beautiful grey cat Minou has gone missing. She has now been gone for over a week and we have to fear the worst. She went missing overnight last Saturday 7th and we have looked everywhere without success. She has disappeared before and got stuck in our neighbour’s outbuildings, but Giselle and Daniel have searched for her and she is not there.

We are both very upset by this and I keep a look out hop...

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There are: Cat and chicken wars; cormorants and flying stags; I join the bonfire brigade, kiss the mayor and we prove we are still alive.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 8, 2017,
It seemed a good plan at the time! Last week I reported on our decision to move the chickens up from the orchard to a place in the courtyard next to the cat palace. We did this as the weather had turned so cold that we were a bit concerned for the hens. After a couple of days the hens have settled in to their new location and come back when it starts to get near to dusk. So we have had no repeat of our manic hen herding of last week.

However a new problem has arisen. What we did not factor in ...

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Bonne annee 2017; Winter arrives with a vengeance; we have a chicken mobile home; have wintery visitors and learn to play Belote

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, January 2, 2017,
Bonne annee, welcome to 2017 here at La Godefrere and to the first page of volume 5 of the blog. Yes, this is the start of our fifth year of living in France and the continuation of my attempt to record the joys of living in rural France. It is somewhat amazing that I can still find stuff to write about but there is always something new happening or as with the cats and hens a new variation on a common theme. With the cats it is usually about food or the constant struggle to maintain them as ...

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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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