And finally…

I needed to walk Dog so we thought we’d catch the train into town and have a look at the Green Park floral tributes before they go off to be composted.

There must be a few businesses who’ve made money out of the Queen’s death, florists being one. But purveyors of large sized black tights for all the flunkeys, Union Jack vendors, sand merchants to stop the roads being too slippy, portaloo hirers and sellers of black ties have also done well. And if the numbers of foreign accents yesterday was anything to go by, the continued Disneyfication of the Royal Family will boost tourism too. It was nice to see so many people out and about, taking it all in.

Naturally my biggest concern was Dog deciding to relieve himself on some treasured card from class 5 at High Holiday Primary School but he behaved impeccably and later crashed out on the sofa…

Tomorrow, Friday I will climb a couple of Kilimanjaros helping set up the Quilt Exhibition the Textiliste has been curating for the last year. It takes place Saturday and Sunday in Dulwich Village if you’re about, in Bell House.

I dropped off some of the frames and backing cloths tonight and had a sneak preview of the Cabinet of Curiosities that they’ve set up again. It seemed appropriate, given the theme of this post to include a picture here.

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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44 Responses to And finally…

  1. Thank you for sharing your photographs Geoff. The outpouring of love and respect for Her Majesty is overwhelming. Wonderful pictures.

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  2. joylennick says:

    Much appreciated, BUT flowers wilt and die so quickly, how about a single, beautiful bloom or corsage, and give the remainder of what a bouquet would cost to feed a hungry child or install drinking water where children are desperate for it? It makes such common sense!!

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  3. A small representation of the love and respect felt around the world. Well done to Dog for his restraint.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    Lovely photos Geoff. Please tell the Textilest I wish her well for Sunday can’t make it this year due to a family meet up . Anyway who needs luck when she has you ? πŸ’œ

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  5. Very restrained doggy indeed. It always feels like you have a hand grenade with no pin when you have your pooch in tow in an area where random urination would be frowned upon.πŸ˜€

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  6. Pam Lazos says:

    Wow, holy flower 🌺 garden! Are there even enough florists in London for all that?! And lucky you can take your dog on the train but query whether he thought it much of a walk up and down the cars and then the row of flowers and back on the train.πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

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  7. Thanks for the photos, Geoff. We didn’t see much of the tributes on this side of the pond. I hope they save all the Paddington Bears for children. I heard this morning that the Palace has asked people to stop leaving marmalade sandwiches!

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  8. L.K. Latham says:

    The cabinet is delightful. It still feels odd, even on this side of the pond, to know the one monarch I could always name is no longer there.

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  9. Erika says:

    She must have truly been a Queen for everyone. She was the Queen and not only fulfilled a job. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.

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  10. Thank you for the photos, Geoff. The photo of Dog with the gladiolas by the tree should have the caption “No Dog. Not here.”

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  11. tootlepedal says:

    An extraordinary scene. I am defeated by it. Who is it all for?

    Will there be quilt pictures? I love quilts.

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  12. Astonishing scenes, Geoff. In recent days, I wished I still lived closer to the Smoke so that I could pop up, witness part of it, and pay my respects, more personally. And now – interesting times.

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  13. trifflepudling says:

    Good to see photos. It’s hard to believe that era is over πŸ˜”.

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  14. This is lovely. Thanks for bringing us along. Hugs on the wing.

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  15. Like Noelle, I do hope they are able to rehabilitate all the Paddingtons and other toys and give them to playgroups or similar.

    Dog is a good boy!

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  16. Rowena says:

    I wonder what would happen to the teenagers who pilfer Paddington from the late Queen, not to mention dogs who help themselves to the marmalade sandwiches or water the flowers inappropriately or heaven forbid attack each other. However, this is why the English have rules, queues and law and order and we Australians have chaos.
    I found a photo of the Queen perched above us in my kindergarten photo which I had really noticed before last week. It seems a bit nuts when we’re all the way over here. It is very hard to believe she is gone and it’s going to be very strange having Charles in her place.
    Hope you’re going well.
    Best wishes,

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    • TanGental says:

      Yes all is fine, on goes the world, spinning its mysteries… King Charles is odd to say. Not sure why they emphasise the Three given no. Two was dead and gone by 1690…


  17. A remarkable outpouring of love, Geoff.

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  18. Helen Story says:

    An intriguing array of tributes. Very interesting to see, wherever you stand on the reaction and outpouring of public grief. Dog is an impressive little chap, always so well mannered. The Wolf would have livened up proceedings and not in a good way.

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