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: March, 2017

New stairs, new gite and Vitrification; there are also visitors and vegans and village repas madness

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 26, 2017,
Just a short blog today as we have visitors and have just returned from a village repas at Mantilly. We took my son Ian and daughter in law Emma to experience the delights of a French village repas. This one at Mantilly has all things chicken with a starter of “geziers”. A salad of chicken gizzards. Actually, much nicer than it sounds. This is followed by more chicken. This time a leg of chicken with rice and mushrooms.

Of course, all this is washed down with quantities of wine. The meals ...

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New look La Godefrere; painting to Dylan;Dirty cats and the towel game; ants awake;; jumping cows; resurrection flies.

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 19, 2017,
The steps have gone! The final demolition of the stairs up to the gite took place last Friday. While there were one or two stubborn bits most of it came down after a sustained assault using hammers and crowbars, by our demolition team of Mark and Gary. At one point, we were worried that Mark may make a basic cartoon error while taking down the platform at the top of the stairs. He was cutting away the planks and we thought he might cut round the bit he was kneeling on and descend rapidly to t...

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Spring is springing; birds are flying here; weeing French style; birthday bashes; zombie dancing and “so it begins”

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 12, 2017,
Spring seems to be arriving nice and early. Yesterday was a lovely warm and sunny day and could have been in early summer. As part of my recuperation I went for a walk in the sun around the lanes and fields close to us. Walking up the lane I heard the wonderful sound of skylarks singing all around me as they ascended into the sky. There was also the amazing sight of five buzzards soaring in the sky over the house. Using the warmth to glide effortlessly together.

About halfway up the lane I spo...

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In which hatches are battened down; I am signed off and survive a repas; Archie’s sandwich van arrives and we get new stairs

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, March 5, 2017,
The weather has taken a turn for the worse and we have a “vigilance orange” situation. Meteo France the weather people issue warnings when we are likely to get bad weather and there are four levels, green, yellow, orange and red. 

Red is the most serious. According to Meteo France: Absolute vigilance is required.  Hazardous meteorological phenomena of exceptional and catastrophic intensity are expected. Keep abreast of the meteorological evolution and strictly adhere to the advice or instr...

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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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