Taking The Positives #gardening #shortstory

A glorious day, one for exploring the garden.

Spring is with us and temperatures will be up into the 20s centigrade this week.

Yet we still have standing water in the paths at the far end of the garden.

Next week the bottom lawn will be dry enough to cut; that or we designate it Dog’s Meadow and give up.   

While you contemplate these pictures, I offer you a little light gardening horror to contemplate….

For two years, dad toiled to have the garden perfect for Daisy’s wedding.

He spared no expense, no effort for her big day.

She knew what it meant; she couldn’t disappoint him, even after each revelation: Craig’s cheating, the two exes and four children.

The lying was inexorable. She’d go through with it.

Daisy held the knife against the cake and waited for Craig’s hand to relax.

Her first blow severed an artery but she didn’t stop.

As she waited to be led away Daisy noted her father collecting Craig’s gore.

‘What’s that for, dad?’

‘Shame to waste it, don’t you think?

All those nutriments

Meanwhile, I need to get back to writing…

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 geofflepard.com 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 Taking The Positives #gardening #shortstory

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Love your garden so well kept and it’s huge!! 💜

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  2. You know I love your garden tours. (Gorgeous.) Throw in a bit of gore and a dash of humor and it’s damn near perfect. 🌸💀🌸

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  3. Annika Perry says:

    Wonderful photos of your garden, Geoff … and had to laugh at the tiny bit of horror thrown in the middle! 😀

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  4. Ooooh, that tale was a bit grisly, Geoff! Your garden looks immaculate! The flowers are beautiful and the grass lush and green. I love your writing desk too. What a lovely collage to inspire you 🙂

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  5. Ritu says:

    The garden looks beaitiful His Geoffleship!!!
    But that gore! 😮 where was the warning???!!!
    Good short though! 😉

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    I would have a hard time writing in such a beautiful garden.

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  7. You had to throw that into such a beautiful setting? Of course you did!! 😀

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  8. Erika Kind says:

    Oh, my God! Such beautiful flowers framing such a morbid story 😄

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  9. Was this some sort of response to a nosey neighbor asking what your secret to gardening was?

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  10. Garden is looking absolutely splendid. Lovely photographs. Our fritillaries are not doing so well this year

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