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: July, 2017

The peace and quiet of rural France; Kamikaze chickens; Bird brains; Grison finds some new friends

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, July 31, 2017,
When setting up the adverts online for our gite, I pondered how to sell a holiday here. It seemed to me that a great selling point was the peace and quiet and slow pace of rural life. So, I made this the main strap line on the website and in adverts with holiday companies.

Last week I went to sit in the garden on a nice sunny morning and thought this is just the day to enjoy that lovely peace and quiet. A half an hour later and I wondered whether I would be charged under the Trades Description...

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We become an international hub; experience an amazing USA coincidence; visit the auberge; take drastic action, and a hoopoe hops in at last.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 23, 2017,

La Godefrere has now become an international hub. At least that is how it feels after several reservations for our gite from around Europe. It is clear that we have a strong international branding and have embraced the European ideal! I mentioned last week that we had two cycling Dutch people staying in the gite. They gave us a very good review on line. At least I think it was good as it was in the Dutch language.

Since then we had a booking for this weekend from a German family, who are in th...

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Veloistes arrive from all directions; petanque and pastis and the chickens play games while the cats sleep

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 16, 2017,

We can report that the survival rate for the visit of our friends from Weymouth was quite high despite the weekend comprising rather a lot of alcohol and riding bikes. The only casualty being the delay in writing the blog. You may have seen the photos instead. The plan for the weekend was really all about riding our bikes but also venturing out to restaurants and having a few drinks while obviously doing a lot of talking to catch up with dear friends.

We went to a very local restaurant at St. ...

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Le Tour de France

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 9, 2017,
This week we have visitors from Weymouth with their bikes. We are recreating the cycle race Le Tour de France and venturing from La Godefrere to local restaurants. A sort of gourmet Tour de France! As we have spent the weekend eating, drinking and cycling there has been no time for blog writing. The blog will be back in full next week.

The Grand Depart from La Godefrere with friends from Weymouth
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The Owl and the Pussy Cat meet the Pyjama Game; owl sentinels; repas reports and a wine faux pas; and so it begins.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, July 2, 2017,
Well, sadly, this week I am not sitting in the sun but have been forced indoors by persistent drizzle. On the one hand, this is good news as we desperately need rain to revive the garden. On the other hand, we have become used to sitting in the garden in glorious sunshine. Or in a nice warm but shady spot to write up the blog. It has also got a bit colder and I may now have to go to the wine cave for a warm up, perhaps a shot of Calvados to warm the blood!

It has been an exciting week for the ...

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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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