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Browsing Archive: January, 2018

Les cheveux blancs mangetout; Whatever happened to Gone with the Wind (a cinematic challenge).

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 28, 2018,
We have just returned from an afternoon of culinary excellence and stamina that is the annual meal for “Les Cheveux Blancs”. The white hairs is the name for the over 65s who live in the Commune of Couesmes-Vauce. Every year the Commune Council organises and pays for a meal for the older people in the area. Not only do the Council pay for the meal but the local councillors act as waiters and waitresses.

The meal was due to be held in November 2017 but was delayed due to refurbishments to th...

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The Bayeux Tapestry; tacking chickens; things to do in France when it’s too wet outside, mostly food and drink!

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 21, 2018,
It is now the middle of January. Whatever happened to December and the beginning of January? I turned my back for a moment and they were gone. Now it is 21 January all of a sudden. Mind you with the interminable rain and wind, every day seems the same and Mrs. Parish and I have to remind ourselves what day it is and what time of day. It is just a vision of rain and greyness. We have been reduced to monitoring our new weather station and muttering “do you know that we have had 15mm of rain t...

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Calva; Processional caterpillars, Ragondins and other pests, the Mayor tells it all: the hunt arrives next door and we establish Ice Station Zebra

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 14, 2018,
The weather has improved and it has stopped raining, for the moment! It has grown considerably colder but at least we can get out of the house. More on the weather later but we have just got back from our first repas of 2018. This time at the repas for Gorrron Football Club which had the age-old choice of tripe or a pork chop, with frites of course. It was a very nice meal and I made the mistake (?) at the end of the meal of asking for the homemade calva to be poured into an empty plastic cup...

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The new year is blown in, the hens get confused; we play chicken hide and seek; the cats get some treats and so do we

Posted by Graham Parish on Sunday, January 7, 2018,
Well, I left you on New Year’s Eve just as I was about to brave the violent storm and go across the courtyard to select some wine. I managed to successfully make the cave and get the wine. We had a lovely meal and full of steak and wine Mrs. Parish and I settled in front of the fire ready to watch “Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde” our crazy French cabaret show. However, the wind was so violent that it disrupted the signal to our satellite dish and so all we could see was a mass of wavy ...

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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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