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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.

05 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – leftover, struggling, wintery fish-n-chips


1. I tidy the garden for winter (or rather, tidy a bit of it, what I can manage in my cold-hampered state). As I stack terracotta pots in the greenhouse, I find a hidden cucumber amongst the limp leaves. I split it open lengthwise, and with my fingers, scope out the core to check if there are any seeds worth saving inside. It smells fresh and bitter at the same time.

2. We’re all struggling thanks to lingering illness. When we reach the top of the climb, we have to stop to catch our breath then we walk on slowly, heads low. I say that we must look like a little bunch of zombies, staggering along without direction or chatter – but we’re all too tired to raise our arms for the joke.

3. We walk down the road for fish and chips. One of us could have gone alone but instead we go together. There is something about walking through the chilly night, getting cold cheeks and fingers, then warming up again as we open our steamy, vinegary parcels.

04 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – for just a moment, Age of AoE, cuddle


1. That super short blissful moment after a sneeze, when the pressure in my sinuses reduces a little before it regroups again.

2. To return to a beloved old game and to remember the tricks to playing it.

3. We’re too sleepy to do anything other than cuddle up on the sofa.

03 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – cat, dog, playing/grabbing


1. Next door’s cat – and her magnificent tail – trots down the path. She’s some way away from us but her crisp black and white fur stands out against the autumnal browns and fading greens.

2. A dog suddenly appears at the top of the slope – it’s Friendly Black Dog. It rushes over to say hello then darts off on its way.

3. The cats, well our cats at least, have been out less than usual because of the cold weather. They wrestle and chase each other around the house instead – never any animosity, it’s just for fun. We watch with smiles.

3b. Every now and then, a paw shoots out of the box to grab one of the toys I’m trailing along the lid.

02 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – potter/view, tiny birds, lime


1. Another just-for-the-daylight visit to the allotments. I listen to stories of pampered geese and wild turkeys on the attack as I potter, digging up weeds and sowing a few seeds that’ll overwinter, providing us with sweet smells and tasty beans next spring.

1b. On the walk back, I look over the valley to the houses hidden in the trees on the hill beyond. A view I’ll miss if the developers have their way.

2. Little tiny birds flit between the bare branches and in the leaves below.

3. The taste of the lime juice lingers on my fingers.

01 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – window seat, noodles, squirrels, yarn


1. I sit on Kaufman’s window seat and crochet chevrons. The yellow leaves hanging on the very ends of branches keep catching my eye.

2. Leftover noodles for lunch. Yum.

3. John points at an oak tree on the other side of the cutting: four squirrels pause in their chasing to watch us cross.

3. I keep trying new variations on the idea – the yarn is so pretty that I don’t want to waste it on something substandard. The initial turquoise is rich and shiny, the yarn itself a squishy single.

30 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – her favourite small humans/beck, spoon, strips not motifs


1. Lily likes having small humans visit – they drop crumbs and bits of cheese for her to hoover up. She also likes having a bigger pack for her walk – she runs along with Z and when a small terrier approaches, she is happy to play.

1b. Everyone laughs when she jumps in the beck and wallows in the water.

2. Spooning on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon.

3. I roughly stitch together the two crochet strips as a proof of concept – not only does it look as I’d imagined, it works together easily, neatly and quickly. When all the hooking is finished, I’ll have to join twelve strips rather than 144 motifs – brilliant!