That Elusive Stuff


Cambodia; they understand rain

I’m not used to the lack…

I’ve cursed it, danced in it, decanted it and diverted it. It’s greened my garden and destroyed some sporting hopes. I’ve wished it gone more times than I care to recall.

And recently, I’ve missed it like a long lost relation.

And then, today….

We ran around with the decorum and self control of a prized bull who’s been told the inseminators are on strike, decanting our water butts into multiple dustbins..

Oh the joy of little victories. Not that Dog cared a hoot…

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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35 Responses to That Elusive Stuff

  1. Ritu says:

    Boy, did it rain!!!

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  2. That North/South divide again. We demand our fair share!!!!!!

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  3. Glad you got some. So did we.

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of rain. We’ve had the fog move in for at least a few days.

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  5. trifflepudling says:

    Very rewarding to have collected all that!

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  6. KL Caley says:

    😆 looks like the rain dance worked. KL ♥️

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  7. Enjoy it while you can

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    Yes it was glorious but it was all done by 11am and no more forecast for at least 10days… But yes it was great 💜🎶 to our ears


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  10. noelleg44 says:

    Hooray! May there be more!


  11. Widdershins says:

    Heh, I’m surprised you weren’t down there with Dog 😀 … or is there something you’re not telling us? 😀


  12. Jennie says:

    Joy, oh joy!

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  13. Rowena says:

    Hi Geoff,
    That rain seemed tropical to me and rather heavy. Your summer has certainly been rather foreboding in terms of climate change. We went driving through the Blue Mountains National Park last week for the first time since the horrific 2019 bushfires and I was totally shocked by the extent of the damage. I’m not sure what each of us can do on an individual level but we at least need to try.
    Best wishes,

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  14. Roberta Eaton Cheadle says:

    I’m glad you got some rain and you reacted like a real South African. Put out every container in the house and collect it. We get flash floods here and the rain comes down like a bucket of water.

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    • TanGental says:

      we’re moving towards that state of affairs, hence my enthusiasm to turn my roof into a rain capture structure. By all opinions it seems we are getting pretty much the same annual rainfall only in much shorter heavier bursts. By my calculations I can capture the best part of 50,000 litres off my roof if I install the right sized tank…


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