Snow Going Back #walking

I’m fixated with cake. Coffee too, but mostly cake. A day like we had this last week, what with the snow and cold means Dog and I need an incentive to be outside and cake does it.

That and the beautiful scenery, the fresh air, a good book on my Audible account (currently a Jack Parlabane story by Chris Brookmeyer) and the thought that a year ago it was balmy and warm and, still, I justified my dalliance with the walking world by the proximity of cake at the end of my own little (muddy) rainbow.

We’ve had snow before, of course, but somehow each new time we get some in London (and it’s averaging once every seven years or so just now) it’s different.

this was 2009…

Not better, not deeper, not colder but different.

This time it was Dog’s turn to enjoy it… only he didn’t. I dug out his coat, a somewhat fetching quilted thing that wouldn’t go amiss amongst the Corgi and Tiara set at Sandringham but, despite such cosiness he started limping. It took a few moments to realise he had ice between his toes.

A quick rub and he was off again, only to stop for more running repairs. It was a bit like waiting for your hands to get warm. They will but the blood needs to flow back to the extremities.


We took in the woods; two years ago it was balmy and sunny, with some greenery showing.

Not so much this year. Even the pond,  once the venue of Dog’s predecessor, Blitz’s doom, had frozen.

He mistook the chickweed for a smooth lawn and chased a crow. The ensuing bow wave and dog-splutter was worth the entrance money. Don’t let any one tell you dogs don’t do embarrassment. He looked anywhere but at me as he trotted ahead, affecting to avoid a good shake in case it gave away how wet he was.

The temperature coupled with an insistent wind dropped below ‘bloody parky’ and rapidly accelerated beyond ‘wtf’. We increased our pace and headed for the Village and some respite.

Now, I’ve often said I like Dulwich Village but if there’s one thing that bugs and that’s the lack of dog friendly cafes. Mostly we are happy to sit and philosophise outside. Not today. Sadly the inclemency of the weather had also meant some staff had difficulties making it to work and those that did were stretched to their limit serving the needful. We waited but, really, it was pretty pointless.

We headed home. Sharpish. Coffee and warm feet were easily acquired but cake…? Not so much.

However, nil desperandum. The Vet had a half day – she was working in deepest Kent and came home early to avoid the upcoming blizzard. When the Vet has a spare hour she bakes. Like this afternoon. A rather splendid hazelnut and chocolate ganache. So all’s right with the world.


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to Snow Going Back #walking

  1. Ritu says:

    At least you got your cake🙂

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  2. Oh yum, could I have a slice? Hubby is a cake nut. When he was self employed and did any repairs for friends, he charged for parts only, and labour was a cake: marmalade cake, ginger cake, lemon cake, chocolate cake………… he was very popular………. and rounded!
    Poor Dog getting ice between his toes. If Maggie’s limping, she’ll hobble over to us and we say ‘Show me’, so she rolls on her back and waves the hurting appendage at us. Obviously not so in the snow, which is cold on her pads, but she manages OK.
    And yes, dogs do do embarrassment! Great pictures.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Another fun walk with cake at the end … What more could we ask ? 💜

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    Looks very yummy – worth a walk in the snow I’d say.

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  5. Darlene says:

    On my, that cake looks amazing and it is making me hungry. I love the doggie coat and all the doggie pictures. Wel I just love your dog!!


  6. Erika Kind says:

    So glad you made it to the cake in the end. Beautiful winter photos. Amazing how different the weather can be at this time of the year. I actually preferred the sunny spring image of last year! But there is hope. Hugs to you and Dog!

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  7. janmalique says:

    Hope you enjoyed that luscious cake.

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  8. Rowena says:

    Geoffle, I have been filled with envy this weekend. Not an honourable emotion but seeing your snow photos and then your daughter’s hazlenut ganche creation, has fuel the envy of seeing my daughter pick up the violin after more than 12 months’ break and play Fur Elise better than me..the tortoise violinist. To be fair, I did get out to the sailing club yesterday and get some sun and I’m enjoying a day in today. So, I have no grounds for complaint.
    BTW the kids are off to Gang Show for the first rehearsal for the new year this afternoon. Miss is also auditioning for a musical and I think you’ll appreciate the back story:
    You’ve been watching my kids grow up via the blog.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    xx Ro


    • TanGental says:

      Your kids are experiencing loads and evidencing so many skills. End is just the first cousin of pride in these circumstances so… it’s family. Nuff said

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      • Rowena says:

        The kids are also skilling me up. My time management skills have taken a huge leap forward trying to organize what should have been a very simple 10 week term assignment schedule, except thanks to Easter, it turned into an 11 week term and the second week back, the first full week, was week 1. OMG! Why did I stick my nose into that mess? That’s right. Mr is in year 9 this year and if it’s not in on the due date, he gets a zero. Of course, he’s not bothered but week everything’s due is on its way.

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      • TanGental says:

        That resonates so much!

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      • Rowena says:

        You’d really be kept on your toes with the lawyer and the vet.You’d better keep taking Dog for walks and feeding him cake, because if he gets grumpy and complains too much, I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes!

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  9. Mick Canning says:

    Definitely coffee and cake weather in all that snow and ice. Now the snow’s all gone, it must be coffee and cake weather.

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  10. Did Dog like his slice?

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