Waiting for a Freegler

A couple of years ago, I broke down our sofa (donated by a neighbour) to make way for a piano. I tried to salvage as much as I could for repurposing, including the wadding, which I imagined using for cushions.

As you do, it went in the loft for safe keeping and has stayed there ever since. Someone who knew someone I know did offer to relieve me of it but that never finally happened. And latterly I’ve been advertising it on Freegle with the upshot that today I honestly thought it was going to be picked up.

Oh well, maybe something went wrong with the emails. And the thought that someone might come to the front door and see camping gear all over the house was enough to get me to tidy it away (due to the inclement weather, I’d been drying the tent indoors). Which was when I realised we had brought a wasp, unfortunately now dead, home with us from the Midlands on Sunday.

On a happier note, the above photo also shows my first conjoined tomatoes. An interesting phenomenon – definitely from one zygote. I wonder how that happens in the world of botany?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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18 Responses to Waiting for a Freegler

  1. andy1076 says:

    Uhmmm that’s one interesting tomato for sure! O.o

  2. A sofa-bed had been left in a flat I rented once. When It collapsed, I had to break it up in order to get it out of the building

  3. I have never heard of Freegler.The nice thing about it is that you don’t have to drive anywhere to donate it to a charity.Not every one has a vehicle to transport their donations themselves.

    • Helen says:

      Freegle is apparently what came out of Freecycle, an American venture, which you may have heard of?

      I tend to take things of less monetary worth or small and light things (such as books) to charity, as I feel this might be better than someone driving 10 miles from somewhere in the city. However, there are other things which I know would never sell at a charity shop (e.g. a strip of plastic for a shower door – had to buy a metre and only needed about a third of that) but might be useful for someone. There are even people who’ve got things like cookers and garden sheds from the group.

  4. I agree freegle and freecycle are great for the things that really practically no one else would want – used carpet, various bits of broken furniture etc have found new homes this way – but I also take small and genuinely useful things to charity shops. I hope someone collects your sofa bits one day !

  5. Very edible .. I’m not sure why this happens, would be interesting to find out 🙂

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  7. That’s one for the books!

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