Week Twenty-Seven :2022

We’re in for a heat wave which is a pain. I may live with a woman who defends the thermostat with the zealous disregard for male hypothermia that was previously applied to protecting her children from even the mildest frost, but at least I can put on more layers. There’s only so much I can shed in order to stay comfortable inside the oven. I think it’s London’s sticky humidity that is the worst part, requiring me to sleep on a towel to avoid creating my own pillow sink.

We have friends staying this week, over from the Bay Area in Califonia. In one way they’ll be used to the temperatures, maybe the humidity but the lack of Aircon will test their resolve.

The garden is flagging as are the pets.

Our old cat Nutmeg is hinting at a shower please…

While the new guest is wondering if some wild swimming might help..

This week gone has been full of tennis and politics. I’m not sure if there’s an analogy to be found because it’s clear that our soon to be a former PM did more than just double fault. Thus we will now enjoy racing metaphors of the election for a new leader involving runners and riders, taking the jumps and calling the odds, all the while leaving most of us, who have no say in the outcome suspecting that most of the candidates are, in the words of an Elbow song ‘only good for glue’.

At least this week I get to go to the cricket though I hope its a little better than this (source: my friend Gilly). This is so familiar with the level of cricket I played.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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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41 Responses to Week Twenty-Seven :2022

  1. Oh yes, I saw that cricket thing – it’s brilliant, isn’t it! I sent it on to Cricket Sue.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    It is hot isn’t …Ruby is struggling, still we have to watch her like a hawk and keep in door or in the shade she is a fanatical sun worshiper and lies in the ful sum every chance she gets!!
    As for Wimbledon and Polictic … nightmare especially the Westminster/ Downing Street Fiasco ! Oh! Morgarna has stepped in the leadership fray a small matter of not being a member of the party means nothing to her!
    Hope your friends survive the lack of air con. I see your temporary cat wears sunglasses….very cool.
    Keep cool , drink water! πŸ’œ

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    I forgot to say that cricket video is one of the most exciting I have seen πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  4. I have a suggestion that would cool you down, water the roses, and entertain the neighbours, but it might upset the cat and Dog!

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  5. Norah says:

    You’re sweltering. We’re freezing. I’ll be off to buy a heater tomorrow – hopefully – I couldn’t find one today. That cricket is brilliant. I think my family will love it!

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  6. It’s a tragedy that I do not comprehend cricket! Anyway, it was in the 90s when we were in Utah and over 100 degrees here at home. A/C is a requirement when these temps last from May through September! We’ve been in Europe during a heat wave before and sweated with the best of the natives!

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  7. Rowena says:

    Geoff you have my sympathies as regards the heat. We are having a colder than usual Winter. Our houses aren’t built for the cold the same way yours aren’t built for the heat. Our house has solar so Geoff’s idea is we warm the house up during the ay so it’s not chugging through so much power at night. I have confounded our efforts to save money by going solar by staying up too late. Miss is on school holidays and I’ve reverted back to my night owling(as if I ever stopped).
    You’ll be delighted and rather shocked to hear I went to the nursery and bought an Australian native called a Golden Gem. They seemed to have a good variety of roses in and I asked the bloke when was a good time to buy roses. Well, of course, he said “today”, didn’t he?!! I decided to buy a pink Queen Elizabeth and a yellow scented rose. They’re representative of my parents. Yellow is Dad’s favourite colour and mum loves pink so I’ll plant them side-by-side in the garden. They’re still alive and doing fairly well but I’m ed to. Only just been able to convince them that we’re high risk of giving them covid. Now, there’s also the flu and they’re also wary of infecting me. Meanwhile, I’m learning a lot from the Freelance writing course and have been exchanging emails with a woman in Norway who I profiled over the weekend. I went on another one of my Google earth trips around where she lives and it was fascinating. There’s a big pilgrim walk which goes through there and just stuff we don’t have here at all.
    Lastly, I am expecting that you and the textilist have heard of Annie Montgomerie who makes dolls with animals heads etc. They’re very intriguing. There’s an exhibition of a few of her works down in Melbourne and they’ve put a group of them together in a very moving photo: https://beinart.org/blogs/art-blog/annie-montgomerie-fitting-in
    I love them and am very tempted to fly down to Melbourne to see them but too complicated – and way too cold!!
    Anyway, I hope you’re all surviving over there.
    Best wishes,

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    • TanGental says:

      Lovely to hear. Yes doing fine, actually enjoying the cricket if no the weather and happy to have Sam living here while he and his new spouse buy and do up a house.


  8. Pam Lazos says:

    I love that Elbow song β€” and good to see we’re not the only country with our knickers in a bunch, Geoff. πŸ™ƒπŸ€¨

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  9. I used to live in the Bay Area of California and can tell you these folks were blessed with temps at night in the upper 50s (under 15C) and barely 85 (29.4) in the day. No humidity. They will die there.

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    The last time I was in London there was a heat wave. We went to Hyde Park and spent the whole day next to the water! Hope it cools down!

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  11. Suzanne says:

    I think the cat visitor is dreaming of a fish dinner.

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  12. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m grateful that my wife and I have similar body temperatures. We like it a bit cooler with a window open when we sleep. Can’t get enough of fresh air.

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  13. V.M.Sang says:

    That cricket video is hilarious.
    Politics? The racing analogies are pertinent as the Lockdown was arranged to begin AFTER Cheltenham so they could all go. And increase the numbers.
    Tennis? Btw, did you see any of Alfie Hewitt (GB) in the wheelchair singles? I watched the semi-final by accident, and so decided to watch the final. They were exciting matches. He beat Fernando in the semis, who is world number 1, but sadly lost in the final after almost winning 2 sets to 0.

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  14. Widdershins says:

    Loved the cricket snippet. πŸ™‚ … apparently all that heat is from parts south of you, heat domes and the rest of it. Interesting times, eh?

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