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Louisa Parry Hi, I'm Louisa and this is my personal blog. I blog about recycling things at How Can I Recycle This?, about simple/DIY living at The Really Good Life and silly drama games at We Heart Drama. Consequently, having used up all my good ideas elsewhere, this blog is just fluff and nonsense about my cats/dog and whatnot. Most notably here, I write up my "Three Beautiful Things" - every night before bed, I record at least three pleasant things that happened during the day.

26 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – sacrifice, chargrilled, silly


1. John cooks my scrambled eggs longer, even though it pains him to do so.

2. The sweet firmness of the chargrilled courgette.

3. A new spin on an old game. It gets a little silly.

25 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – it doesn’t rain/something, splashes, shadows


1. It looks like it’s going to rain as we leave the house but it doesn’t. The sky gets clearer and brighter as we work.

1b. The chickens pull at the bolted early lettuce – at least someone is getting something out of it.

2. Lily walks up the stream. The tinkle of splashes as she drags her feet.

3. The shadows of the chilli plants, projected onto the dining room walls.

24 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – back/playful, fish’n’chips, team effort


1. It’s two years today since we got the cats – Tilda celebrates by going missing for 24 hours. We – me, John, Lily and Strange – go out into the woods to call for her. I don’t know if it helped but Tildy is waiting for us when we get home.

1b. As always, Strange is playful when we’re in the woods together. She hides in some undergrowth to jump out as us as we pass and after a pollen-inspired sneeze, bounces through the long grass in on Wood Hill.

2. A day off. We have fish and chips for lunch.

3. Tilda brings home a little vole and because she’s an inept hunter, it escapes from her and runs behind the armchair in the dining room. John and I try to catch it but Lily, slow old Lily-dog, somehow manages to swoop in and snatch it up in her mouth instead. Then it escapes from her and runs behind the armchair in the living room. Later, when it emerges from its cover, Kaufman catches it – and again, it escapes. This time though, we catch it in an tub. Despite being in the mouths of two cats and one dog, it seems perfectly unharmed and we release it outside. (I have expect Strange to bring it back in later, just to complete its Team Peach interaction bingo card.)

23 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – City Hall, salad, obviously


A hugely disappointing day: the planning application we’ve been fighting against for eight months was approved, despite being shown to be full of massive flaws. I try to be as positive as I can about my adopted hometown but today, I’m totally onboard with the naysayers who call the Council incompetent.

1. It’s the first time I’ve been in City Hall: it’s as impressive inside as you would expect. The meeting is held in the banqueting hall, which is just gorgeous: stained glass windows, heavy wood panelled walls and a huge inglenook fireplace that looks carved out of lined marble. The thing that catches my attention though is the newly made three-piece textile artwork hanging near my seat. During the break, I sneak a closer look at the different fabrics and stitches used.

2. The lollo rosso lettuce conjures up a specific memory of being at school while the raspberry vinegar dressing reminds me of Scotland, where we bought it this spring.

3. John asks what I’m looking at online. I explain that at that moment, I’m watching a gif of Adam West’s Batman doing the fingers across the eyes dance from Pulp Fiction, “obviously, what else would I be watching?”

22 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – thanks/kitten, exciting, fields/Ludo/cute, whaaaaat?


1. A head pops over the fence followed by a bag of food as a thank you. I explain that having a kitten to play with for a few days is thanks enough.

1b. Later, the little kitten runs around and around the table then jumps on my lap for a hug.

2. Strange races down the garden from the house, bouncing to clear the ground faster and meowing all the way. I didn’t realise I was that exciting. (I think it was the prospect of going in the chicken run that was really exciting.)

3. The gorgeous fields in the evening sunshine. It’ll be a shame when they’re covered in houses but we’ll enjoy them in the meantime.

3b. I enjoy the willow tree in the office park down the road, and describe my like of them to John. I say they’re like “the Ludo of trees” and John not only knows exactly what I mean, he does a passable impression of him too.

3c. I tell her that she has very cute cats (I’m not lying) and she tells me that she thinks Lily is cute too.

4. The dog pulls a perfect “whhhhhhhhhhaaaaaat?” face when I ask get if she’d like to go for a wee.

21 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – done, hello, dinner


1. I’d mentally blocked off the whole day to work on something but finish it within an hour.

2. Kaufman cuddles in next to me and looks up at me in that way which demands attention.

3. One of my favourite dinners – a dry but highly spiced curry thing, with chicken and paneer – followed by a slice of my favourite cheesecake. I tell John that he should have bought me a whole one for my birthday but he’s right, I would have wasted it – or rather, wouldn’t have enjoyed a glut as much as I do a precious, rare slice.