We're moving out of our flat this weekend! We've lived here for 3 and a half years, and it's really flown by! It's a bit bittersweet. I love London, I really like the area where we live and the flat itself isn't bad. But changes are good, and it's for better things!
Outside our living-room window, we have a pseudo-balcony. It's actually just the top of the bay-window of the flat below us, but it's a tiny bit of outdoor space. A couple of years ago, Beth bought some window boxes, and since then, we've been tending to and enjoying our little garden.
It died a little when we went on holiday a couple of months ago, as it often does when we go away, but we can usually nurture most of it back to life. One of our projects this year was a cucumber plant; a spare taken from Beth's parent's house. It was a bit worse for wear when we came back, but has picked up since, and has given us our first cucumber!
It's not huge, as I think its growth was stunted when the plant ran out of water when we went away. Still, we ate it, and it was delicious. More are coming, as well!
We'll take most of the garden with us when we move, and they can have a new life in Beth's parents' house. The plants have been really lovely to have, and a fun project to upkeep. One of the main conditions for the new flat is that it needs outdoor space for more plants!
permalink | posted by nathan on Wednesday, the 14th of July, 2021, in an early evening lull
I felt like I wanted to be productive this evening, so I added a better tag exploration system and a calendar page to the blog. I'm caring so little about the code that it's getting pretty messy, but it's still fine for now.
I still need to fix the timezone/BST bug - the blog doesn't understand what they are at the moment so all the published times are an hour off. It's not very exciting or interesting to fix though, so it might stay that way for a while...
permalink | posted by nathan on Friday, the 9th of July, 2021, getting inspired before falling asleep
alba: a wildlife adventure
I love short games. I don't care if an experience is only a few hours, if those hours are free from filler and don't waste my time. I'd much rather have a game leave me feeling like I want more. I got that feeling with Alba: A Wildlife Adventure.
The game has you playing as the titular Alba, on holiday on a Spanish island with your grandparents. The mayor is planning to build a luxury hotel on the decaying nature reserve, and it's up to you to get enough signatures on your petition to save the reserve.
You do this by tidying up the island, and generally doing good deeds. Along the way there's an ongoing quest to photograph every animal and bird on the island.
It's very simple and heart-warming. But it has a nice message and doesn't try to be anything it's not. Taking photos of flying birds was sometimes frustrating, but apart from that I have nothing negative to say about the game.
Make more short games, people!
permalink | posted by nathan on Friday, the 9th of July, 2021, during the most productive hours of the day
birthday part 3
Beth made me a salted caramel birthday cake. :)
permalink | posted by nathan on Sunday, the 4th of July, 2021, when he should have been getting ready for bed
birthday part 2
So for once I actually organised something for my birthday! Well, I say organised. I'll be honest, Tom hosted and Archie brought the food, so I did very little of the organisation. Still, it was a fun day. We sat in Tom's garden (under a shakily put up marquee) and chatted and played some games. Alex brought his "new" girlfriend - it's been a long time since I've seen him but I'm glad he's still coming to stuff. We inevitably ended up watching the England vs. Ukraine Euro 2020 match (running commentary of bad jokes, a podcast that should be named "Nerds watch Football").
Nice way to spend a birthday. It's nice when people make an effort for you - maybe I should try and do more for other people :)
permalink | posted by nathan on Sunday, the 4th of July, 2021, at some point in the morning