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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).

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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
  • HORNE PROTECTING TEDDY AFTER HE GOT SHOT
  • 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”
  • I WILL ALSO NEVER BE OVER HOW VASQUEZ COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY FUCKED THAT GUY UP AFTER HE SHOT FARADAY 
  • 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

The Witch’s Whisk

The witch’s whisk is a traditional piece of West Country witchery. 
They are bundles of blackberry twigs, traditionally bound on one end, and lit to be used as a cleansing smoke. 
The process of making one is rather simple. The witch goes to a blackberry bush and harvests a handful of twigs, then binds the end they will hold. The open end will be lit aflame and blown out, producing a wood-smoke that clears out a space or a person of ill-influences. 
The witches in the West Country were said to light them and weave around and about to make an area ready for witch work. 
The blackberry in England has a lot of folklore, each pointing to a common piece of wisdom. Blackberry was the bane of all evils, from misfortune to illness. It was used to release people and animals from illness, misfortune, and witchery. There are tales that the Devil was thrown out of Heaven and into a blackberry bush, and such avoids and hates them. 
If you’re like me, you tend to individualize these pieces of lore. In my own method, water taken from a holy place and flicked/sprayed about with the ends of the whisk can achieve the same effect as the above, especially if it’s directly after using the whisk in its original method. 

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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. 

HOW TO PLAY A TERRIBLE CHARACTER AND SURVIVE

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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I love the excitement in Magical Melody of having new shops and residents arrive- but I also find it really frustrating to keep everyone in town. It’s hard to remember who needs what shipped and sometimes I just can’t get what I need!

modern day filipino deities

bathala // god of creation, ruler of the pantheon

works as a carpenter. makes intricate furniture and statues out of wood, and sells them at a roadside shop. each figure he makes is completely unique. sometimes he breathes life into them, but just temporarily. misses the advent of humanity and wants to recreate the experience. really hands-on when it comes to building things.

mayari, tala and hanan // goddesses of the moon, stars and dawn

regulars at coffee shops and indie band concerts. all about poetry and music, but don’t have time for petty things like heartbreak. stay up all night into the wee hours of the morning. they crave the silence right before the world rearranges itself into a new symphony.

diyan masalanta // goddess of love and childbirth

the campus love doctor, takes care of everyone and their fragile hearts. is just at the age when you first fall in love. she may seem young, but her words carry weight and are universal. is always there for you, whether you’re pining or heartbroken. volunteers at a lying-in clinic for expectant mothers, ready to give a hand.

anitan tabu // goddess of wind and rain

is there one moment and gone the next. almost never inside, and never stationary. the sidewalks and alleyways are her home. the leaves and other debri pick up just a little when she walks by. smells like the air right before it drizzles.

apolaki // god of the sun and war

always glaring. only comes out when everyone else is inside because of the sweltering heat. collects old war relics and frequents the small, out-of-the-way museums in the province. visits the graves of soldiers who have no one to remember them. can repair your gun for a small fee. doesn’t seem to run out of war stories, be it from the spanish times to the japanese colonization.

dumakulem // god of the mountains

volunteers as a guide for mountain bikers. knows obscure paths like the back of his hands, and can never get lost. speaks to animals in hushed tones, telling them where to pass and get food. not really for much conversation with mortals.

anagolay // goddess of lost things

her pawn shop-slash-restaurant is full of odd artifacts, from old masks to antique jewelry. helps people with important things they’ve lost. gives students the missing hard drives, employees their car keys, and children their toys. keeps the things that don’t belong to anyone, and writes down their stories.

idiyanale // goddess of labor and good deeds

works as a public school teacher. recognizes hard work, even the one most difficult to see, and rewards it justly. all students become silent once she opens her mouth. her word is absolute but kind. underpaid employees mysteriously receive bonuses when she’s around, and the overpaid ones somehow lose their salary, just like that.

mapulon // god of the seasons

somehow manages to dress just right - not too warm, not to cold. his little shop is stocked with whatever you need, right when you need it. raincoats for when you go back to school, jackets for when it starts to get cold, swimwear when summer starts. the fruits he sells are always ripe, since he knows exactly which ones are in season. his very appearance and mood seems to change just as the climate does, but just slightly.

amanikable // god of the sea and storms

stays by the coast. has a wild beard, and looks like he hasn’t bathed in weeks. the smell of day-old saltwater clings to his body. mumbles incomprehensibly about natural disasters. the locals, especially the fishermen, usually steer clear of him, except when his whispers involve typhoons or tsunamis, in which case they head for higher ground.

lakapati // goddess of fertility and agriculture

the rice paddies are her domain during june and july, the planting season. seedlings sprout on the ground she walks on. none of the seeds the farmers plant seem to go to waste. sometimes works as a family consultant for couples who are struggling to have children.

dimangan // god of good harvest

shows his head in the fields only when harvest time comes. gives farmers who harvest by hand that extra needed energy. tends to stick around longer than lakapati does, because the harvest involves so much more than uprooting the crops - there’s also cleaning and storing and selling. makes sure farmers have just the right amount to sell to make money but not so much that the crops go to waste.