Week Thirty-One: 2022

Even the weather man shrugged when asked about rain… nope, nothing. We have had our first drought restriction this week, in southern England banning hosepipes. It’s likely it will extend to us soon enough.

Everyone who is old enough casts their minds back to the drought year of 1976 and the hosepipes ban. We even had a Minister for Drought, Dennis Howell who did little beyond issue some hopeful platitudes. Eventually the drought broke and September 1976 was totally drenched. May that happen to us.

Oh and if you want some fabulous literature that is set in that 1976 summer you need look no farther than

Dead Flies And Sherry Trifle

It’s a terrific coming of age comedy…. Now who wrote that…?

Oh yes…


Enough of the self -promotion.

And the garden?

One year ago it was this…


I was up early on Saturday. The Vet has a place in the London Marathon in October, running for the vet charity she works for, the PDSA. It will be her first marathon. She has always loved running but over the years has suffered several fitness issues. However she’s now running free and so the Thames something half marathon at Richmond she entered was a good test of how her training was going.

As her hubby was revising I said I’d act as driver and waterboy. I chatted to the marshalls and clapped as the runners came past. I held dogs leads and moved some cones.

The fastest men came in, the top three getting a medal and a medallion. I was just wondering how the Vet would do when, blow me, there she was coming up the closing straight.

First woman home. A personal best of 1 hour 37 minutes. I think her training is going well…

Proud dad?

And some…

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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52 Responses to Week Thirty-One: 2022

  1. 😀 Is there nothing your family can’t do!!! Brilliant, well done Ms Vet 🙂
    Browned grass is a sign of a good summer (temporarily ignoring global warming/drought issues …)
    I think I will get your book out to re-live 76!


  2. Pam Lazos says:

    Wow, bummer on the grass. Is there a native grass that would hold water better (although I suspect the cost of replacing a lawn that size would be astronomical).

    And Congrats 🍾 on your vicarious half-marathon win! It’s always so gratifying when you can be part of your child’s endeavors. And what a great time! I doubt I could finish a half marathon now!


    • TanGental says:

      I can do the distance if I walk but running… I think not. Happy to let the talent appear elsewhere. As for the grasses, we added a lot of clover which is why there is at least some green tinge compared to pure lawns. I think adding Bermuda is the next step…

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  3. Three cheers for the Vet X


  4. Ugh.
    I feel your pain Geoff about our yards. Calif has managed to create drought conditions for the past 5+ years and my back lawn is a dessert themed sea of dandelions and gasping redwood trees.

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  5. Wow, congratulations to the Vet. That is within the parameters of elite female athletes!


  6. willowdot21 says:

    Well done that girl 💜💜


  7. noelleg44 says:

    Brilliant! Well done! and I can’t imagine whose daughter she is!


  8. Proud dad for good reason. I’ve had the book on my kindle for ages. Once I finish a certain other tale I’ll have to pull it out. We all need rain for sure.


  9. Darlene says:

    Congrats to your lovely daughter!! Love the picture of the two of you. Sad to see the garden suffering but it will come back soon, as the rains will no doubt return with a vengeance.


  10. Erika says:

    Wow, congrats to your daughter, Geoff. And what a difference the heat made. Your pictures show it so clearly. I hope you are getting more rain again (like usual).


  11. I so sorry to hear that the drought continues, Geoff. Your poor lawn and garden. And love the race pics! The smiles are contagious. 🙂


  12. JT Twissel says:

    Droughts are the worst. We’ve had one for about three years now. Hope that rain does come soon!
    Congrats Proud Dad!


  13. Suzanne says:

    Excellent time, no wonder you both look so chuffed. The Vet’s an inspiration to get more people out there doing it. I always found doing a pre-race before the big race a confidence booster. I love the challenge of doing a half marathon.

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  14. petespringerauthor says:

    Wow! A personal best and the first woman home. It doesn’t get much better than seeing your child happy.

    Quite the cover shot on your book. Can you show me something in the dead fly department?

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  15. Congratulations to the Vet! Do you know, I have very clear memories of the Summer of 76, but strangely I have no recollection of the wash-out September.

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    • TanGental says:

      Me neither, just the documentaries. Mind you, by then I was back in Bristol for my second year and my memories of Bristol are that it must have been rain forest in its recent past, minus the accompanying heat; shoot, that place was cold and wet!


      • I’d have been in Durham on jury duty! Particularly remembering that a5 the moment because I’ve just been called again for what seems the umpteenth time.


      • TanGental says:

        Never been asked! Admittedly for fifteen years or so Solicitors couldn’t be asked but those rules changed ages ago. They probably think I’m a soft touch… though that implies you’re some sort of Hanging Anabel!


      • Ha ha! When I did it in Durham I was called for a fixed 2 weeks and all the courts used the same pool of jurors for all the trials in that period. So I was on 3 juries. Curious, is that the system, for England generally? Here you are called to one specific court and, pre-covid, had to spend ages hanging around to see if you were picked, or indeed, if the trial even went ahead. So although I’ve been called several times, I’ve only been on a jury once. At least now they tell you by phone the night before if you have been picked and only then do you have to go in. I still can’t plan anything for about a week though, just in case.

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      • TanGental says:

        That sounds similar to those who I know have been called. Lots of hanging about for sure.


      • There must be a better way!

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  16. Widdershins says:

    Many congratulations to the Vet! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Jennie says:

    You should be a very proud dad! Your grass looks like most lawns.

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