One Sunny Sunday

Years ago, when I was a junior lawyer, working near St Paul’s this New Zealander joined us. He was bright, always positive and never shied away from any job. He came to my wedding in 1984, with his wife. They were grand company. Then his sojourn here ended and he returned to his homeland.

Social media didn’t exist and contact, such as it was ended. Then social media appeared and so did Peter. We facebooked, vaguely aware of each other. He followed this blog and probably wondered what had become of the serious, nervous young lawyer he once knew.

We met up in 2014 when I visited his home town of Christchurch, still reeling from the devastating earthquake of a few years before. He didn’t seem much different. Greyer, slightly less bouffant. I wonder what changes he saw in me?

And that recontacting continued this Sunday gone. He and his wife – same one – are over to see family. Me and my wife – same one – met him and Deb at Kings Cross station with the Vet in tow for a 9 miles of strolling first through St Pancras Old Church yard to pay homage to Mary Wollstonecraft and Sir John Soane buried there alongside Harry’s tree where Thomas Hardy, before he penned his first novel worked as an engineer to move gravestones to make way for the railway.

The tree fell down this year, but the grave stones remain as a poignant reminder

Then we followed the Regents Canal to Regents Park, crossed that park and wiggled through Marylebone to Hyde Park, then the Achilles memorial, Green Park, St James Park, Horse Guards, Parliament Square, Victoria Gardens, across the Thames and so ending at the COVID memorial wall below St Tommy’s hospital.

We sat for a few hours over some tapas chewing the fat and other morsels before promising to reprise this again.

Social media does get a good kicking, often with good reason but without it, this delightful day would not have happened. For that I’m grateful.

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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24 Responses to One Sunny Sunday

  1. Darlene says:

    How wonderful to meet up with old friends and do touristy things. We did just that recently. I love the Covid memorial wall.

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  2. A delightful reunion

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    Thanks for taking us with you on this reunion walk! I hope your friends were prepared to hike! It’s always nice to meet up with old friends!

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  4. Wonderful, apart from your terribly rude comment about The Pipes!

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  5. gordon759 says:

    Surely you knew they were egg cups, after all it was the studio for breakfast TV.

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  6. A lovely walk. Thank you.

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    A great day had by all …. fabulous and you picked a great day to meet up .

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  8. Hi Geoff, you certainly did a great tour of London. I am pleased that I have visited some of these parks/sites and have similar pictures.

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  9. Deb Farquhar says:

    So special exploring London with you as our guide Geoff, ably assisted by “the wife” and “the vet”. Great commentary, great company and great conversation. Best of all we renewed an old friendship. We look forward to the next hidden history tour.

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  10. Jennie says:

    Really wonderful, Geoff. What a great chance to hook up with old friends.

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