About

Like a lot of bloggers, I started this blog in the belief it was a necessary step towards publication of my novel. What I didn’t realise was how much I would enjoy blogging in its own right.

Since I started (in April 2014) I have published four books – you can find out more about them from the side widgets or my author page, here – and written on a range of subjects, from walking to cooking, travel to my writing process, London and my garden. This is an eclectic blog that defies categorisation. That will either charm and delight or drive you bonkers. I hope the former; if the latter, I’m sorry but you have been warned.

I have also met some fascinating people, both electronically and in the flesh as a result of this blogging lark. I’ve shared some of my writing and enjoyed others who have visited here as guests.  Come and say hi and I’ll visit back.

I live in South London surrounded by all the varieties of life that London can throw at you. I will nail my colours to the mast here: I LOVE LONDON. There, said it. So part of this will be to proselytise about my city, and especially the bits where taxi drivers are fabled to hate to go after 10 pm (‘Sarf of the river, mate? Yer kidding me? I’d need inoculations and all sorts’).

I’ve been on the planet a fair few years now so my mistakes are many and varied; if I can help others avoid my pitfalls and pratfalls, well great; if not then at least you can have a laugh at what a twit I’ve been.

Me stuff

My name is Geoff Le Pard and for a few years now I have been trying my hand at writing fiction. I’m a course junkie so have tried Arvon, a Birkbeck College evening class and summer school and, latterly, an MA at Sheffield Hallam. What have I learnt? That I still have a lot to learn. I have a few likes and interests – my incompetent cooking; my passion for walking with Dog and exploring the outside world and the inside me as I do; toiling as a jobbing gardener under the Textiliste’s careful instruction; reading of the good, the bad and the indifferent in fiction; doing some volunteering (as the boy scout picture above suggests); following many sports (as long as no horses are involved); sitting in darkened theatres and cinemas hoping that I am exhilarated and not anaesthetized; dancing both ballroom and Latin to a level which no longer (totally) embarrasses the Vet and the Lawyer – you will note these labels; this is my website and I prefer to keep family and friends anonymous where possible.

I did have a career before all this; it is easy enough to find out what, given my somewhat unusual name, but I don’t intend blogging about that unless it becomes relevant to something current or it might rise a smile

All the ideas here are mine, unless it is blatantly obvious they are not. Ditto with images. Feel free to share but do so with care and respect. And an acknowledgement wouldn’t go amiss. I hope it goes without saying (but I’ll say it nonetheless) that what I write is copyright me and that way only I can be blamed for it.

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  4. M. L. Kappa says:

    Hi Goeff! Came upon your blog through Susie’s and I think I’ll stick around. Just started on our dad’s letters. The one thing I don’t agree with you about, is I like sports that involve horses! But I’m willing to overlook this flaw 🙂

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  6. Miriam says:

    Hi Geoff, so great to find your blog which I’m really enjoying. Look forward to reading a lot more. Cheers from Australia.

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  8. restlessjo says:

    Wasn’t sure where to put this comment, Geoff? The link ‘to the woods’ doesn’t work, either on your blog or through the link you sent me. Is it still in ‘drafts’ perhaps? 🙂 Sorry!

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  10. I’m not sure whether you partake of these but just in case you do – I’ve nominated you to do a three day quote challenge. I won’t be offended if you say No nicely…. but here’s the link if you’d like to join in: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/quote-challenge-day-2-nikos-zazantzakis/

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  11. roweeee says:

    Happy Saturday arvo to you, Geoffle! It’s now 4.00PM on Saturday afternoon. I you met me for the first time today, you’d describe me as a shameless couch potato. Indeed, a rotting one at that. The kids are away at a sailing/kayak regatta with scouts so we’re doing “nuffin”. Well, not doing “nuffin enuff”. The house has been recolonized by “stuff” during the week and the washing has multiplied. The usual.
    Anyway, came across a blog I thought you’d enjoy. James walks through Northern England through the lens: https://smackedpentax.wordpress.com/ I am most envious of the brilliant green in his photos. We held a funeral for our lawn a few weeks ago.
    xx Ro

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  13. Hi Geoff, Loved your tilt on The Brothers Grimm and Sue’s picture prompt Through the Trees. Thought I’d nip over and say hello, then stick around for a bit. 😀

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  25. Morgan says:

    Hello Geoff 😉 Stumbled upon you via Sue Vincent’s WritePhoto post, but Im looking forward to reading more of your words 😉

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  27. Elissaveta says:

    Geoff! Hi! It’s been so long since I vanished from the blogosphere and I’m trying so hard to get back into it but things always get in the way (excuses, excuses…) I hope you’re doing well… When’s the next Blogger’s Bash again?
    I have a huge favour to ask actually… could I possibly email you about it? xx

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  32. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Geoff I know you will not be too pleased with me but I have nominated you for Song Challenge (Music That Means Something)
    The rules are:
    Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
    Post what the lyrics mean to you. (Optional)
    Post the name of the song and video.
    Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge.
    willow xx

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  34. Jane says:

    Enjoying your blog, Geoff. What’s the background photo?

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