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: July, 2018

Welsh wizard in Tour de France triumph; I encounter Korky the killer cockatoo; crazy cats chill out

Posted by Graham Parish on Tuesday, July 31, 2018,

The Tour de France came to an end in Paris yesterday with the traditional finish at the Arc de Triumphe. Three weeks of hard racing concluded with a great victory for Welshman Geraint Thomas. The only thing for the French to cheer about was that Alaphillipe won the King of the Mountain polka dot jersey. During the race points are awarded on mountain stages for the rider who reaches certain check points first. Frenchman Alaphillipe was the highest scorer and thus won the jersey.

So, the Tour is...

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A riverside stroll to lunch, Alan and Debi go home; it gets really hot and we move on to Le Tour de France

Posted by Graham Parish on Tuesday, July 24, 2018,
So, last week we left you with a trip to la Marjolaine in prospect. On a lovely sunny day, we parked and walked alongside the river Mayenne to lunch at La Marjolaine. It is a lovely walk along the river with trees and green fields across the river and on the path side a series of steep hills up from the path. Quiet and peaceful, just enough to hone the appetite. We were able to sit outside on the terrace and enjoy the sun. The food was as ever fantastic and I was pleased to see that sea bass,...

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We go mob handed to the bar and watch France win the World Cup, with alcohol and a little helping hand!

Posted by Graham Parish on Wednesday, July 18, 2018,
This week there has been further disruption to the smooth writing of the blog, from the World cup. On Tuesday we were all set up to watch England play their semi-final and earn the chance to play France is the final. Sadly, it was not to be and England lost to Croatia 2-1 after extra-time. After our disappointment had worn off a little we came to realise that it may have been a good thing. Having spent the past month in the bar at Oisseau supporting the French and getting in with the French s...

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Lazy, hazy days of summer; Football World Cup; the Marquis de Sade and road signs; cats ín charge!

Posted by Graham Parish on Wednesday, July 11, 2018,
These are lazy, hazy days of summer. Mix this with the World Cup and now the start of the Tour de France cycling and any sort of routine or scheduling has gone out of the window and melted. It is now Tuesday and I am just starting the blog. Usually, it would be published by now. But this is France and things happen in their own time. The relaxed French approach suits me fine and the blog will get completed but I’m not sure when. 
After a long day in the sun working in the garden, I am now d...

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The sorry tale of Mother-in-law’s foot; Allez les bleus, speed limits and the strimmer man arrives

Posted by Graham Parish on Tuesday, July 3, 2018,
Sorry for the delay with the blog. Mother in law and football problems intervened!!

It is Tuesday evening and I am enjoying the peace and calm that has at last descended on La Godefrere. Mother-in-law has left the building and is on the road to the ferry port for her return home to Exeter. She has been here for a week although it seems a lot longer and Mrs. Parish is bearing the burden of driving her home and staying for a few days.

My mother-in-law (MiL) is 87 and enjoys her visits here in Fra...

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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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