Week Thirty-Eight: 2022

Well, that was a rollercoaster of a week.

It ended with me coughing like a fifty a day trooper, diagnosed as a chest infection and told by the GP to take it easy, not something I’m especially good at. The weather has been lovely and the garden is looking lovely again, but I’m giving it a miss. We’ll, I’ve taken a few piccies

Still my woes were nothing to the Vet’s. After covid cancellations and injuries, last Sunday was her debut marathon in London with 40,000 others. She was excited and we were too. We had it planned to crisscross the 26 miles and 385 yards to wave her own several times. There is this app thingy where you can follow her and despite anxiety about her recent knee strain she was rolling out miles at between 7 minutes 50 and 8 minutes. We secured a spot about 300 metres from the finish just near Buckingham Palace and waited to give a final cheer….

…only we didn’t. With 600 metres to go, on the other side of St James Park, she quite literally ran out of fuel. She fainted, her blood sugar beyond low. In one of those unlooked for but serendipitous situations her collapse came right by a St Johns Ambulance station and she immediately received the exact help she needed.

There were some moments of worry, of course. Several. But she was fine. Not fine soon enough that she could stagger to the end, but still, all we want is ‘fine’ really, with or without a finisher’s medal.

She knows she took on board all the recommended glucose and other boosters and fuelled properly before the start but the heat, maybe her speed and possibly an over effective metabolism that processes the glucose too quickly curtailed her day.

So near and yet… Happily she’s well but I don’t think she’s planning on another attempt. Maybe she’ll stick to halfs, maybe park runs.. And she raised nearly £3000 for the vet charity she works for. And her amazing friendship group went on eBay and bought her a winner’s medal…

Ah parenting; it never stops, does it? I think Dog understands the importance of just dogging on…

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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51 Responses to Week Thirty-Eight: 2022

  1. How very disappointing for the Vet. Give her my love – and give up those fags.

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  2. Norah says:

    The garden looks great, Geoff, and I hope both you and the Vet are back in top form.

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  3. The brilliant Peg from Young Sheldon

    Poor Vet and rather upsetting too. Very pleased all was well. I do not think Marathons and all that training etc are a very good idea, though. She probably had a big rush so near the end and it wiped her out. Yes, stick of halfs. x

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  4. Seeing both you and the Vet in top form!

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  5. Commiserations all round, and hopes for a swift and complete recovery!

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  6. Pam Lazos says:

    Ouch. Understandably something to be upset about but alls well and all, and no, parenting never stops. 😳

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  7. noelleg44 says:

    Glucose levels can be tricky, especially on the longer run. Congratulations to her for doing it! Your garden has completely recovered! Gorgeous!

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  8. The kid worry never stops. Glad she is okay. I hope you are as well. Chest infection? Did the GP prescribe anything to fight it like antibiotics?

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  9. gordon759 says:

    Hope you and she are OK, it’s horrible when those sort of things happen.

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  10. Darlene says:

    I do hope you are taking it easy in that amazing garden. I would be sitting on a bench, sipping ginger lemon tea and reading a good book (maybe one of yours). I would probably be sick a lot longer than expected! I’m glad the vet is OK. Kids, do worry us don’t they?

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  11. Great pics. Glad she’s OK, and that is some achievement!.


  12. Poor you, poor Vet, and, it seems, poor Mrs LP. I hope Dog has been offering suitable comfort to you all.

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  13. JT Twissel says:

    So many gorgeous flowers! I’m glad your daughters okay. Running is dangerous!

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  14. tootlepedal says:

    The counter stripes on the lawn are striking. Is it used for outdoor chess or draughts? It is a sign of the times that to run in a marathon you have to dress like an advertising hoarding these days. Good running though, a crisp speed.

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    • TanGental says:

      When we were watching we saw a tree overtake a rather buff young man. He looked mortified; maybe ashen (sorry!)
      The lawn is a bit of a hostage. About ten years ago we obtaiend advice on how to improve the lawn and it’s become an obsession. That advice continues from Nathan who helps me with the twice yearly marathon of aeration, scarifying rolling top dressing spreading and rolling. I’m toying on expanding the wild areas and beds because it does take work and we refuse to water it unless we’ve just seeded it and there’s no rain; current temperatures will drive an alternate arrangement if they continue


  15. petespringerauthor says:

    Sure glad to hear that everything turned out okay with the vet. Wow! It’s almost cruel that her body petered out with 600 meters left.

    Your yard always looks great, but it’s in especially fine form now.

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  16. She made it almost all the way. Some don’t even try. Like me for instance. She should be proud of how far she went and ended up still alive. Garden looks happy again. I know how you feel. My ribs hurt from coughing but it’s from changes in altitude again and air quality. I’m going to go read now. Join me.

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    • TanGental says:

      What a good idea; reading it is. What are you into?


      • I just finished “The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister. Couldn’t put it down. I’m going in search of her many other books. Have a sample of her book “House Lessons”. With serious ADD, I have a problem finding books that pull me all the way through. Yours did and so did the Scent keeper. We shall see about the next novel.

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  17. V.M.Sang says:

    How frustrating to be so near. And how lucky to faint where she did. Still, I’m glad she’s fine now.
    And I agree. Parenting never stops. If someone had told me I’d still worry about my kids when they had kids of their own, I’m not sure I’d have bothered. (Not true, of course. I wouldn’t be without them.)

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  18. Jennie says:

    Always love your garden. Hope you’re on the mend.

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  19. Bridgette says:

    Hope you are feeling better and your daughter has fully recovered. What a scare! My kids are teens and I’m realizing there’s no “finish line” and maybe I need to make some peace with that. I keep saying “when the kids are older…”

    Also, your garden photos always delight me so much. They are simply perfect.

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