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What does a “love letter” look like more than 2,000 years ago? 

Chinese experts have managed to restore its original appearance.

On This Day in 1666

On this Day in 1666

Samuel Pepys recorded King Charles II as wearing the first ‘waistcoat’

Samuel Pepys (pronounced 'peeps’) is remembered as a diarist who recorded life in London between 1660 and 1669, during the Restoration period when King Charles II took back the throne from the Commonwealth government established by Roundhead leader Oliver Cromwell following the English Civil War. Pepys recorded eyewitness accounts of momentous events of the period, including the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War.

As Chief Secretary to the Admiralty, Pepys had access to the upper levels of society, including the courts of the Kings he worked under, Charles II and James II. Much of what we know of this time period so gleaned from the diary of Samuel Pepys, including the first recorded wearing of a 'waistcoat’ (also known as a 'vest’ in American English) by Charles II on this day in 1666.

As well as giving us insight into the fashions and major events of the day, Pepys also recorded details about food, medicine, entertainment, new inventions and luxuries (most famously the round of Parmesan he buried in his garden to protect it during the Great Fire of London). The diary is extensive and detailed, written in shorthand and code, clearly not intended to be read by anyone else and including many details of Pepys’s personal life. However, this was not to be, as his diary was translated and published in the 19th Century.

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The Betrayal of Leningrad

During World War II, on the 8th of September, 1941 German forces surrounded the City of Leningrad, formerly known as St. Petersburg. During the siege, which wouldn’t be lifted until January 27th of 1944, the soldiers and civilians of Leningrad would suffer hardship and deprivation on a scale that would make the siege perhaps the most horrific battle of World War II. Isolated from the rest of the Soviet Union, the defenders of Leningrad faced longs odds as they were surrounded and cutoff from supplies and reinforcements. The city was under constant artillery shelling, bombardment, and assualt. Hundreds of thousands died of starvation, with the most desparate to survive resorting to cannibalism. Overall, the 900 day siege cost the lives of over 1 million soldiers, as well as another 1 million civilians. However, no matter how bad things got, Leningrad refused to surrender.

The Siege of Leningrad became a source of pride for its people, and the defenders of the city, both soldiers and civilians alike became national celebrities. After the war Leningrad experienced a period of renewal and rennaissance, becoming a radiant center of Soviet culture as well as a political rival to Moscow. This reblossoming of the city was mostly due to a new culture of self reliance, resiliance, and achievement spawned by the sufferings and accomplishments of the siege’s survivors. Many of the heroes of Leningrad became influential political, social, and civil leaders. To the ever paranoid Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin, Leningrad was a threat to his own power and authority, and Stalin was notorious for coming down hard against those he saw as a threat. In January of 1949 Stalin ordered a purge of Leningrad, entrusting the work to his two deputies; Georgy Malenkov and Lavrentiy Beria. Over the next several months numerous Leningrad political officials, industrialists, scientists, and academics were arrested and charged with crimes against the state. 5 men were executed; Nikolai Voznesensky, Mikhail Rodionov, Aleksei Kuznetsov, Pyotr Popkov, Ya. F. Kapustin and P.G. Lazutin. Kuznetsov was the former general who organized the defenses of Leningrad during the siege. Another 200 were sentenced to the gulags (hard labor camps) for terms of 11-25 years, which was practically a death sentence for many. Another 2,000 had their property and possessions seized, and were exiled from the city.

Perhaps the greatest insult of all was the closing of the Museum of the Siege of Leningrad, which was ordered by Malenkov with Stalin’s approval. Malenkov declared the Siege of Leningrad, “a myth of anti-Soviet traitors trying to diminish Comrade Stalin’s greatness”. The Siege of Leningrad was purged from Soviet history, with mentions of the siege being erased from books and public records. After Stalin’s death in 1953, all of the accused were declared innocent of their crimes, and historical records restored with Nikita Kruschev’s de-Stalinization campaign.

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Complete exterior restoration job. This is a beautiful historic home located on the corner of front and meeting street in historic down town Georgetown, SC. The crew at Clean Image washed, scraped, sanded, and sealed the building before applying a drop of paint. Prep is key in any quality painting project. We are proud to be a part of this project. @cleanimagepw

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Lemon Realty has found an amazing beautifully restored historical home in Willow Creek. This 2 bedroom 2 bath was built in 1934 and updated in 2013. The last owners of this home was a family of three who put their own mark on the home, turning half of the large entry way into a at home office. They kept the original flooring, and some of the original molding around the home. New siding, roofs, and restored windows, and brand new furnishings in the kitchen and bathroom has made this historical home into a gorgeous modern/traditional mix that blends well together. The home is located in a great school area and has a sunny aspect to it. The back yard is beautiful and lush with a large back deck and a mature garden. Overall this is a perfect forever home for a mature family or a family who has an eye for the traditional architecture of the past. The asking price for this home is $126,189. Please feel free to visit HERE to check it out. 

This is a CC FREE House built in Willow Creek. It does require all Stuff, Expansions, and Game Packs, but if you do not have them all things will be replaced with base game items. I hope you enjoy and the link for download is above! :D <3

anonymous asked:

Idk if this is a weird one but how about the chocobros and their (I guess fem) s/o struggling with their insecurity of having hip dips/ "violin hips" maybe for a swimming date or going to the beach. (For me personally when going swimming I wear shorts over my bikini bottoms to cover them up😅 and you'll never catch me out of them) like I guess how would they react to their insecurity or how would they comfort them? I hope this makes sense I'm sorry

I actually had to look this one up, and Im surprised, I’ve never heard of it. Because I have it. Like wow you learn something about yourself every day…But I think I have to go with Prompto about a name change

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Noctis

Noctis nuzzled further within your lap, he loved resting his head there as you both watched TV or lay around. It allowed you both to be close, but at the same time allowed you to run your fingers through his hair, which always made him happy.

Your thighs and hips were one of his favorite parts of you, they were so soft and comforting, like a pillow made of Chocobo feathers. Well all of you was soft, but this was his special place, his royal head resting place, where only his head laid, No one else! So he became very confused when you stated that you didn’t like your hips.

“Why not?” He asked, his large eyes seemed betrayed that you would hurt one of his best friends.

“I have such funny hips, they do this really weird curve in thing in the middle.” You explained, standing in the kitchen, making lunch.

Noctis moved over, having being banned from touching the stove, resting both hands on your waist, than sliding them down, over your hips, than to the thighs, followed by going up. “I think they’re perfect.”

You rolled your eyes, “Yeah but they’re not on your body.”

“But I love them.” Noctis called playfully, “And I love you.”

You glanced over your shoulder to the Prince, “You’re trying to make me feel better so I don’t add any carrots to this.”

“Really I’m not.” Noctis admitted, “But if you don’t it wouldn’t hurt.”

So Noctis found that whenever you were sitting he would rest his head upon your lap if given the chance. Pressing little kisses to your thighs and hips, never anything sexual, just to show that he loved every part of you.

Even parts that you believed to be imperfections.

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Prompto

“I think you look cute in that swimsuit.” Prompto beamed.

You gave a playful roll of the eyes, “Prompto you think I looked cute in every swimsuit I’ve tried on so far.” You replied

The two of you had went out swimsuit shopping, as Noctis had invited everyone to a ‘Pool party’ which meant that everyone was really there to make sure that he didn’t fall asleep in the pool.

Again.

“But you do.” Prompto whined playfully kicking his legs, sitting on the ottoman in the middle of the room.

You pouted softly, turning to the swimsuit in the 3 way mirror, you liked them,  but the bottoms. Ugh they were bikini bottoms! Weren’t there any swimsuits that came with shorts for girls? “I don’t like this one either.”

“We’ve been through like 10, you look awesome in all of them. What’s really the problem?”  Prompto asked, moving from the ottoman, his own swimshorts already picked out.

You sighed softly, pulling at the cute bow on the side of the swimsuit bottoms, “My hips.”

“What about them?”

“I have violin hips.”

Prompto blinked, “What are those?”

You turned to face Prompto head on, motioning toward the indent that appeared on your hips, where other women blossomed out. “These.”

“Oh! Your hip dimples!”

“My what?”

Prompto nodded happily, “Yeah I call those hip dimples! I think they’re super cute, but if you don’t like them sweetie, we’ll find you a cute swimsuit so you don’t have to show them off.”

You could cry! Why were you so blessed with this ray of sunshine!

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Gladiolus

“What a nice view.” Gladiolus purred, watching you in the living room, performing your squats. Your tight workout pants hugging all those beautiful curves, the Shield could stand there and watch you go all day.

“Hey, Baby.” You called, a slight pant in your voice as you crouched, “I’ll be done in a second, this is my last rep before I’m done for the night.”

“I mean if you want to go all night, than don’t let me stop you. The results are great.” He chuckled, watching your thighs flex.

You playfully rolled your eyes, giving one final squat before standing, grabbing your towel to towel off the sweat on your shoulders and neck, as you moved over, pressing a kiss to his lips. “How was your day?”

“Give me a sec.” Gladiolus smiled softly, his hands immediately going to grab those thighs and ass in your pants. “Good.”

You playfully swatted his hands, it was the same song and dance, “Let me go freshen up, so I can get dinner started.”

Gladiolus immediately followed you to the bedroom, quickly disrobing as he sat at the foot of the bed. Watching you strip before checking out your body in the full length mirror, twisting this way and that.

“What you looking for?”

“See if these stupid violin hips went away.”

Gladiolus rolled his eyes, this again, “Babe, you look perfect. I don’t know what exercise you got off the internet, but the only things that have gotten bigger are that ass and those pillows of thighs.”

You scoffed, “Yeah you don’t have to wear them, I can’t even wear cute swimsuits without having to cover up the bottoms.”

Gladiolus chuckled pulling himself from the bed, as he approached you from behind, “I think you look hot, besides if you only see them when you’re in your underwear and swimsuit then why complain?”

“Gladdy.”

“Seriously Babe, you always look good, besides.” He smirked, his large hands taking you by the hips rolling his crotch into your backside, “They’re a fun place to grab.”

“Gladiolus!”

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Ignis

Ignis couldn’t help but smile at you by his side during this important meet and greet with some of the historical community about restoring some of the artifacts around the castle.Yet with the Future King’s Advisor and yourself, Head Historian, he couldn’t help but feel that you were even more of a match made in heaven at how perfectly you worked together.

Yet Ignis had noticed, instead of the straight back, powerful stance you had given yesterday, you were constantly standing with your clipboard or hands before your waist as if you were hiding something.

Waiting for a brief moment the man, leaned over whispering to you, as some of the others were looking to the paintings and vases that needed touching up. “My love, is there something wrong? Did you spill something on your skirt?”

You flushed softly, you thought you had played it off, “Oh, oh no.”

“Are you feeling alright?”

“It’s just…I should have wore a flared skirt instead of this pencil skirt. It really does not flatter my hips.” You muttered back.

Ignis recalled the attire you were wearing, a button down silver chiffon blouse, and a black pencil skirt with silver designs on it. Black tights with a beautiful spiral design and silver pumps, your silver gloves matching his own. He believed you looked ever the radiant he always saw, he thought that then and he thought it now.

“I do not share those same sentiments, my love. I for one am finding you rather ravishing.”

You stared at the old men, trying to discuss on what would be a better restoring technique, no matter what the final call came down to you either way. “I shall beg to differ.”

Ignis watched the old men along with you, both of you staying from the conversation as they mingled amongst each other, of no need for either of you at the moment. “We may have our difference of opinion here my love, yet it would appear that you’ve had a few admires. A couple of the guards and even some of these old men.”

You flushed, only to feel the back of Ignis’s knuckles touch the current problem area of your body, “Ignis.”

“I simply can not wait to get you home.” He whispered softly, under the guise of taking your clipboard, reviewing the data.

Both you turned as you heard our presence needed to discuss the removal of one of the items. You moved to take your clipboard back, only to find that Ignis had done away with it.

“It’s not as if you needed it.” He chuckled, as you both moved over to the men.

Damien is like, the Uber-Dad, but goth...

-His love of interior design/home renovation and restoration. He did a full historically accurate restoration of his house. Most dads would just build a deck but Damien would construct an historically accurate sunroom. UBER-DAD.

- “Are you familiar with the work of Corey Feldman? He simply slayed in The Lost Boys” So I looked up The Lost Boys on Wiki and Corey Feldman plays a self-proclaimed vampire hunter who actually kills at least one vampire. He simply slayed in The Lost Boys. GOTH DAD MAKES A GOTH DAD PUN THIS IS NOT A DRILL

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Harry Potter Wizarding House Fic Recs

When I started reading Harry/Draco fic some months ago, I quickly and accidentally discovered that my favourite genre was “wizarding house lore fic.” Which makes sense, since I love houses, and history, and magic. And, of course, the house is never just a house. Love a good house-as-metaphor. I’ve never found a good way of searching for this kind of fic, aside from reading a lot, and pestering fandom friends, and reading a lot more. So that’s what I’ve done.

This is the list I wish I’d had in the beginning. It’s not very long, it’s very self-indulgent, and I cannot apologize for either thing, as I’ve read every fic listed here at least a half a dozen times. (If you know of any other fics like these, please tell me immediately thank you.)

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In Tevinter, construction is an extremely prestigious career. Buildings are constructed by teams of highly-skilled and exhaustively trained mages who levitate and weld and hammer in tandem. While aesthetics are– of course– essential, the true mark of a master is in the bones and veins of a building: the foundation and wiring, respectively.

Dorian, rather than joining his father’s firm, is peddling his skills in the South as a restorer of historical buildings.


In the information age, with things like easily-hackable smartphones and the entire internet, the role of a Ben-Hassrath agent tends to be tech-focused and discreet. Always a bit of an outliar, Hissrad’s missions tended to focus on infiltrating high society and determining targets for other agents. 

Now Tal Vashoth, The Iron Bull has turned his didactic memory and fluency in eight languages to a new and entertaining goal: concert clarinetist.


Felix gets a call from Dorian late one night, complaining that he’s accidentally fallen in love with James Bond. No, really Felix. He’s actually James Bond.

terrasunshine  asked:

primitive skills question: I want to take wilderness survival courses but holy gods they're so expensive!! do you have any recommendations on books that can teach me the theories? also, do you know how you would go about finding legally if it's okay to light primitive fires in your backyard? thank you so much!!

Woohoo! This is exactly the kind of question I love getting. And bear with me because this warrants something of a long answer, as I think it’s important for folks to know more about (that’s also why I’m answering this here instead of making it part of the Secret Side Blog Patreon thing). 

To start: I’m located in the Pacific Northwest, so most of the locations I’ll be talking about are also based around this region. However, you can still apply the notions to other areas of the USA, and use some of the following links to get connected with people in the wilderness skills and primitive survival industries; I’m sure that many would be happy to help folks find programs closer to home!

If you want to get involved with primitive skills in a hands-on capacity, nothing beats learning from those with experience. There are good books on the subject, and YouTube is a wealth of information, as well! But if you’ve got the time for taking courses, you may also have the time to do a work away or WWOOF with farms that have a specific focus in this particular field. 

Prime example: We attend Okanogan Barter Faire each year with our friends from the Wilderbabes primitive school in Washington State. They offer classes for all age groups, but also have programs available for folks who wish to live and stay on the property in exchange for manual labor. You get to learn new skills, help out around the farm, and they provide room and board. Katie is fantastic (and totally adorable), so if you’re in the area and have the time, jump contact her ASAP! 

Another option which does admittedly cost money, but which is still far less expensive than taking full immersion classes, is to attend primitive skills festivals and gatherings. In Oregon, our most well-known event is called Echoes in Time. My partner, Danny, has attended two years in a row now and always returns with a wealth of information! His specific focus is always medicinal plants and wild harvesting, but last year, he took a class from friends of ours who build primitive longbows. Here’s a website which lists all similar events across the country! 

Going back to the Workaway suggestion, I found multiple awesome opportunities around the world by using the keyword “wilderness” for search results. Everything from building off-grid communities in Switzerland to helping restore historic hunting lodges in Quebec. These Workaway experiences are fantastic ways to get hands-on experience while also travelling the world and learning how to exist outside your daily bubble. We even have a Workaway program for the Mini-Farm, but the space is currently occupied, and likely will be until we finalize our move. 

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a cool program that’s similar to Workaway, except that it puts a focus on organic farming. Danny just spent three months WOOFFing at different establishments across the West Coast, and previously spent half a year in Australia doing the same. While organic farming isn’t quite the same thing as wilderness survival or primitive skills, elements of the latter certainly play heavily into the experience of WWOOFing. Some farms teach tanning, firebuilding, primitive shelters, and offer basic courses on wilderness first aid. It’s another great way to get out there and experience new things while remaining relatively low-cost. 

Lastly, in regards to building backyard fires - Each city likely has a different ordinance in regards to this topic. Ours, for example, doesn’t allow people to burn anything outside of certain times of the year unless we’re outside of city limits, at which point it’s dependent upon county regulations instead. Your best bet would be contact your local city hall and try to get in contact with someone who has the pertinent information. 

Hope this helps! 

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Unified Italy is a relatively new concept and Italy is a relatively new country, but regional divisions in the 20th century mean that Molise is one of the youngest regions in a young country. It is located just above the “ankle” of Italy’s boot. Its coastline on the Adriatic is slightly north of the spur in northern Puglia that juts out into the sea. While the title of smallest Italian region lies further north in the Aosta Valley, Molise is a close second. Geography ranges from mountain peaks inland down to hills closer to the sea. Famous people from here include 13th century Pope Celestine V, politician Antonio Di Pietro, and singer-songwriter Fred Bongusto. Tourism hasn’t historically been a big part of Molise’s economy, although that’s starting to change a bit in parts of the region. The mountains of inland Molise are great for outdoors enthusiasts – particularly so in the summer for mountain hikes. Summer also brings people to the Adriatic coast, and although there are arguably nicer beaches elsewhere in the country, the beaches of Molise are far less popular (and therefore less crowded). The small towns and villages of Molise allow visitors to get away from the crowds and relax. Many don’t have major “sights”, and some suffered quite a bit of damage in a 2002 earthquake, but careful rebuilding efforts in some towns have resulted in picturesque centers that are faithful to their historic look. 

Campobasso – Capital and largest city, home to a university, a 15th century castle, 11th century churches, and 16th century cathedral

Isernia – Near Lazio border dating back to ancient Rome, historic center still based on ancient Roman city layout, sights include an archaeological excavation and a nearby village with ruins dating back to the 3rd and 4th centuries B.C.E.

Larino – Town in a mountain valley, heavily damaged in 2002 quake, historic center rebuilt faithfully, sights include 1st century Roman amphitheatre and 11th century cathedral

Termoli – Beach resort popular with vacationing Italians, home to a large Fiat plant, historic center faithfully restored after 2002 quake

Agnone – City near the Abruzzo border, historic artifacts found here date back to 3rd century B.C.E., sights include a museum at the Marinelli bell foundry (in business for more than 1,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest companies)

The region only has one large ethnic minority: The Molisan Croats (20,000 people who speak an old Dalmatian dialect of the Croatian language) are known for being particularly devout Catholics. They speak the old Dalmatian dialect alongside Italian.

Fragment of a grave.
This cemetery was the final resting place for patients of the one time Vermont Asylum for the Insane. Over time the cemetery was damaged and vandalized. Recently​ an attempt was made to restore this historic cemetery. Many broken gravestones were put in these small “sandboxes” to help preserve them.
Brattleboro VT 2016