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: June, 2018

A new roof; I’m in charge; the problem with plants – the under-gardener’s tale; we go native for football and Petit’s big question

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, June 25, 2018,

A big week here at La Godefrere and we have a new roof. Mark and his gang of symbolist roofers completed the job and put the final slates with artistic skill into position on Wednesday. It looks very nice now we should not suffer the problem of slates becoming dislodged. Now the scaffolding is all down we can get back to some sort of normality. Although we will miss our roofers’ artistic debates and Archie will miss his sandwich van.

The new look La Godefrere

The second big factor is that Mrs...

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Alas poor Sylvia; IT knock on experiences; culture on the roof; we rebuild Ant City and the World Cup kicks off (Allez les bleus!)

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, June 18, 2018,
Another sad week as we lost the last of our three hens. Poor Sylvia fell victim to the same illness as the other two and after a few days of declining health she passed away during the past week. She passed away in the night and it was not necessary “to go and see Giselle!” La Godefrere seems a little empty now with no hens pecking around the garden. I shall particularly miss little Sylvia who would follow me down to the bird feeder tree every morning chatting away and looking for any spi...

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Normality returns; Christabel passes on; orages strike and our IT is down; we have owl and roof news and the Parishs have voted.

Posted by Graham Parish on Tuesday, June 12, 2018,
After the excitement of a guest blogger the La Godefrere blog returns to normal this week. Or at least what passes for normality here. Anyway, first, a big thank you to Jacqui for looking after our animals and minding the house and grounds while Mrs. Parish and I went on holiday. And also, a big thank you for writing last week’s blog, a gripping tale of life’s struggle in rural France, with cat and hen dramas. And of course, the evidence that by the end of the week Jacqui was so overwhelm...

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The Guest Blog, written by our official artist in residence, Jacqui Jessop (with bonus photos) : La Godefrère – 26th May to 2nd June 2018

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, June 4, 2018,
Due to the absence of Mr and Mrs Parish, who have been taking a well-deserved break on the West coast of Brittany, I have been given the almighty but welcome responsibility of writing this week’s blog. I have been staying in the gîte at La Godefrère for a week – for free! – in exchange for looking after the cats and chickens. 

I have known the Parishes for a number of years, living as we do only 10 km or so away, in rural France. Initially, I met Graham and Kate when they became studen...

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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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