Welcome to my Blog. 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!! Please feel free to comment on any of my posts. See below or go to my new facebook page La Godefrere

I plan to update this with weekly 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.

Browsing Archive: April, 2018

We have another lamb feast; my hat blows into the bull’s field; the boys are back in town; we have a field of gold and La Marseillaise has a birthday

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, April 30, 2018,
We have had two solid days of rain here at La Godefrere and it has gone cold. So cold we have had to light the fire. One good thing is having plenty of time to write up the blog. Our visitors arrived on Friday. My son and daughter-in-law, Ian and Emma together with friends Luke and Liam arrived on Friday and were forced to endure the traditional lamb feast. From the leg of lamb that was raised in our paddock last year. So, we stuffed them full of roast lamb with new potatoes, French beans and...

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There is a near catastrophe; we have a “mechant taureau”; I tell Daniel my French joke; and we discover a chicken on the roof!

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, April 23, 2018,

It has been a fantastic week of lovely clear skies, full on sunshine and really warm temperatures. It has almost been like summer. We were worried that only one swallow had been seen so it could not be summer properly. But by the end of the week two more swallows had arrived. Anyway, we were even able to get our shorts on (for me never before May but it was so hot it had to be done).

We were able to sit out in the garden, although it got so hot we had to find some shade. The good weather meant...

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More signs of Spring as we hear the Hoopoe; lambs arrive in our paddock; the garden furniture is oiled and we win a giant TV!

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, April 16, 2018,
I was beginning to worry about this week’s blog. No technological problems but we were invited round to Giselle and Daniel’s house for a coffee. Being invited for a coffee by the French can be a bit of a lottery as you cannot be sure what you will get. It is also an invitation that cannot be refused unless there is a death in the family! Anyway, we duly arrived to be welcomed with kisses as usual and then the wine glasses appeared, so not a quick coffee!

A bottle of a sweet white wine appe...

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We meet a virtual assistant; Spring has finally arrived; the swallows have turned up; birds appear at the window; the grass gets cut and we learn some rude French words!

Posted by Graham Parish on Wednesday, April 11, 2018,

The blog is a few days late. My apologies but I have been faced with technological problems. The Microsoft Word that I use to type in the blog suddenly decided to be difficult. I had a message come up telling me there was an error which meant that word would have to close down. The message then helpfully offered to repair the problem. All I had to was click on an icon which said “repair.”

So, I optimistically clicked on the repair icon and I could access my word document. However, after ty...

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Spring delayed and its indoor play at La Godefrere; the cats go crazy and things to do on a wet bank holiday afternoon

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, April 2, 2018,

Last week I was full of excitement about the arrival of Spring, the prospect of swallows and how lovely La Godefrere was looking. I had thought to go out with my camera and take lots of pictures to grace this week’s blog. It turns out to have been a thoroughly miserable week. It has got a lot colder and we have also had lots of rain. So, no chance to get out with the camera.

The swallows must have taken fright and stayed in the warm South of France. The bramblings I thought had gone are back...

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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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