hand harvested


In the Studio Ghibli film Only Yesterday, protagonist Taeko takes a vacation to spend time on the safflower farm operated by her brother-in-law’s extended family–anticipating from 1991 the recent cultural explosion of small-scale farming. The farm is richly detailed both in the ecology and processing of safflower and in the weed community found there (subject of a future post).

The shots of safflower in this film are lovingly detailed even for Studio Ghibli, and I love that they go through the whole process from harvesting the petals to washing and grinding them into dye. You can even note the changing color of the petals as they mature over the course of the movie. The farm is nestled into the valley among forest patches and follows the contours of the land in short strips (not an obstacle to hand harvesting).


Offering to Demeter I, The Eleusinian Mysteries, hand carved silver ring by Moon & Serpent

Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon.

Things about The Magnificent 7 that need to be shared
  • After the first gun fight when Goody got shot they’re all trying to figure out where everyone is, Goody’s saying something about candles or some shit and Billy keeps staring at his arm (where he got shot)
  • Emma holding that guys hand when Red Harvest is fuCKING Denali uP
  • Sam singing “Bring ‘em in” when Bouge sends those 2 dudes in to get Sam towards the end
  • Teddy Q is precious and must be protected at all costs
  • After Goody left and Horne is talking about how it’s good to be in the service of men he respects he specifically looks at Red
  • UGH when Sam is trying to convince Goody to stay and fight and he goes “You’ll be disappointing more than just me if you leave.” (((BILLY)))
  • When the little girl offers Horne water and he says in the most delicate and pure way “Thank you, miss.” i cRI
  • Obviously Vasquez leading Faraday’s horse (totally in love w/ each other)
  • buT ALSO Red w/ Horne’s body 
  • Teddy Q is so smol and amazing and I love him
  • Billy’s last words are “Goody”
  • no you don’t understand the way he stalked out of that church and unloaded into that guy i don’t have to words to describe what he looked like
  • Red’s horse was actually beautiful
  • also goddam Martin Sensmeier riding bareback is not easy especially riding bareback when you’re hauLING ASS like he was i applaud you
  • Remember Iron Man 3 the “cheap trip and a cheesy one-liner” yea that is literally Joshua friggin Faraday
  • After Billy kills that guy with his hairpin (awesome) there’s a shot of Goody and he smirks and rolls his eyes so fucking fondly like “You couldn’t just shoot him Billy, you had to go for the theatrics, so dramatic, we all know you’re faster than him, ya just HAD to show off.”
  • alSO the fucking way he flicks that godamn cigarrette with such flair
  • the little run that Faraday does when he’s trying to get away with the cash right at the beginning when everyone is freaking out over Sam
  • also really not fair that Red Harvest doesn’t have sleeves because Martin Sensmeier is JACKED 
  • “Je-sus wept.”
  • ALSOalsoalso ho-ly SHIT the shot right before the big battle where Sam is on his horse on the ridge overlooking the town and the sky is this dark blue and everything is dark you can’t really make out details just his outline against the sky and the music is perfect and that fucking shot is so amazing
  • Peter Sarsgaard did a really fantastic job in this movie
  • When Faraday flicks his cigarette at Vasquez
  • ᵐᵐᵐᵐᵐm ºʰ ᵐʸ ᵍºᵈ OKAY so this shot was like super quick but when that lady comes up with Horne’s weird pelt carpet jacket thing or whatever Vasquez is like smiling at him then it cuts back to Horne THEN back to Vasquez and he has this dumb little smile on his face and he bops his head back and forth and its the cutest fucking thing I’ve ever seen Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is a gift to us all
  • off topic of this text post but i refuse to accept the ending of this movie and the only AU i will accept is the one where everyone lives and four out of the seven are gay and they all stick together forever

i just want to yell about these idiot cowboys for eternity


You know, canon.

Bless these anti-social wilderness babies. Stalking people all day and all night before finally deciding to approach them.

I accidentally turned on a few layers at once and got this adorable huddle. Hahaha. 


As someone who specializes in jackass characters (i.e. evil, bad, morally corrupt, etc.) I’ve been meaning to make this guide for all my fellow roleplayers trying their hand at harvesting their evil seedlings. I hope you enjoy my guide and it helps you. If it doesn’t, though, at least you laughed due to my hilarious commentary.

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After Thee After Party (3)

Part Three to After The After Party

Thanks to cheeky anon’s for pushing me to write this; I love you pesky peeps. Dedicated, as always, to one true loves @delos-mio , @goblackhatwithme & @princesse-de-ravenclaw for being angels and being my blackhattrashgroup besties. 

Word Count: 1802 (I know right)
Rating: T/M
Sirius x Reader
AN: I am so scared of ruining this so I am sorry!

Originally posted by welovebenbarnesasduck

Sirius had kept an eye on her all day when they went to Hogsmeade, watching and waiting for a time that she’d be alone. His chance came two days later in the evening as she left for the library. He followed silently, her eyes catching his as she scowled and attempted to speed up.

He became annoyed quicker than he would usually and began to take two steps at a time. Her frustration showing as she huffed and puffed before dipping down a corridor. He tended his jaw, moving after her before finding her stood waiting for him, her eyes looking up at him.

“You’re poor at hiding.”

“Maybe I wanted to be caught,” her arms crossing.

Sirius began to smirk, “love… if you wanted to be caught, you wouldn’t have nearly run out of puff on the way up here.”

“What do you want?”

The question to answer all the issues he thought, he moved as he leant against the wall, her frame following his.

“I want to know why you are running from me? I mean, the chase is rather odd foreplay even for me,” Sirius said as he ran his fingers through his hair as he smirked. “I can get on board but, I’d rather tire myself out a different way.”

Her eyes looked down, “I don’t want that, not with you.”

Ouch,” he smirked. Her eyes rolling as she paced in front of him, “you’re pacing.”

“Ever the observant as always, Black.”

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my heart an orchard and your hands
a harvest, plucking the fruit from the trees,
so fat and ripe they fall right
into your palms with the softest
of tugs. oh honey, i have never liked anyone’s hands
on me but i think my body could fit
underneath your body like a live grenade.

oh honey, oh honey,
i want you like a hydrangea soaked in water.
i want you from this end of my heart
to that one. oh darling. i know you like the palm
of my hand: there’s a heartline
that has your name written all over it.

—  s.s., oh darling