maples tree

“Oh, come on,” Nursey says.

Dex takes the cup of tub juice out of his hand. “When was the last time you drank water?”

“I don’t know. Give me back my liquid.”

Dex shifts the cup to his far hand. “How drunk are you, really?”

Nursey puts his head to one side and considers. “Some of the maple trees along the River turn the same color as your hair in October.”

Dex’s face goes pink. “’Kay, I’m going to go with ‘very,’” he says. He sips from Nursey’s cup and makes a face at the sickly-sweet taste. “God, why’d Rans have to put a whole fucking bottle of blue Curacao?” He grabs Nursey’s elbow. “C’mon,” he says and tows him into the kitchen.

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anonymous asked:

Why do you like Japan so much?

Japan isn’t the most ideal place in the universe but it is beautiful and exciting. Well, I lived there last year. And actually I lived in the countryside. It’s not only exciting because of the fashion options and a few more like minded people who like the same fashion and art I guess, but there’s really good food, the public transport system is great and actually gets me out of the house, and it’s physically beautiful like…

The rivers with those red bridges across them and all the red maple trees and old buildings. I did see a place like that on a date in Japan, we went on a small roadtrip and it was sunset and we sat by the river in Autumn and it was the most damn romantic thing I’ve ever done.

Your Birth Tree

Many witches like to choose what their wand is made of by their birth tree, or have seeds/the actual tree nearby for strength/guidance. So here you go 

Dec 23 to Jan 01 | Apple Tree

Jan 02 to Jan 11 | Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 | Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 | Cypress Tree

Feb 04 to Feb 08 | Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 | Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 | Pine Tree
Feb 29 | Poplar Tree

Mar 01 to Mar 10 | Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 | Lime Tree
Mar 21 | Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 | Hazelnut Tree

Apr 01 to Apr 10 | Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 | Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 | Walnut Tree

May 01 to May 14 | Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 | Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 | Ash Tree

Jun 04 to Jun 13 | Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 | Fig Tree
Jun 24 | Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 | Apple Tree

Jul 05 to Jul 14 | Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 | Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 | Cypress Tree

Aug 05 to Aug 13 | Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 | Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 | Pine Tree

Sep 03 to Sep 12 | Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 | Lime Tree
Sep 23 | Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 | Hazelnut Tree

Oct 04 to Oct 13 | Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 | Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 | Walnut Tree

Nov 12 to Nov 21 | Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 | Ash Tree

Dec 02 to Dec 11 | Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 | Fig Tree
Dec 22 | Beech Tree


Apple Tree | Love | of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

Ash Tree | Ambition | uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

Beech Tree | Creative | has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

Birch Tree | Inspiration | vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

Cedar Tree | Confidence | of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

Chestnut Tree | Honesty | of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

Cypress Tree | Faithfulness | strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

Elm Tree | Noble-mindedness | pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

Fig Tree | Sensibility | very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

Fir Tree | Mysterious | extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, un-contented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

Hazelnut Tree | Extraordinarycharming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

Hornbeam Tree | Good Tasteof cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgement in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

Lime Tree | Doubt | accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress, and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

Maple Tree | Independence of Mind | no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

Oak Tree | Braverobust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

Olive Tree | Wisdom | loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

Pine Tree | Particular | loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

Poplar Tree | Uncertaintylooks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

Rowan Tree | Sensitivity | full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

Walnut Tree | Passion unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

Weeping Willow | Melancholy | beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

50 Simple Charms
  1. Basil at the door, windows, or scattered in the home will increase money.
  2. Lay thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil from your dwelling.
  3. Eat a pinch of Thyme before bed, and you will have sweet dreams.
  4. Place chips of Cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
  5. Carry an Anemone Flower with you to ward against illness.
  6. Hang a bit of Seaweed in the kitchen to ward evil spirits.
  7. Keep a jar of Alfalfa in your cupboards to ensure the prosperity of your house.
  8. Burn Allspice as an incense to draw money or luck to you, as well as speed healing.
  9. Cut an Apple in half, and give one half to your love to ensure a prosperous relationship.
  10. Carry an Avocado pit with you to let your inner beauty shine outwardly. Avocado is also an aphrodisiac.
  11. Strawberries are an aphrodisiac.
  12. Place a piece of cotton in your sugar bowl to draw good luck to your house.
  13. Celery is an aphrodisiac.
  14. Place Almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
  15. Scatter Chili Peppers around your house to break a curse.
  16. Carrying a packet of strawberry leaves will help ease the pains of pregnancy.
  17. Scatter some sugar to purify a room.
  18. Throw rice into the air to make rain.
  19. Carry a potato in your pocket or purse all winter to ward against colds.
  20. Eat five almonds before consuming alcohol, to lighten the effects of intoxication.
  21. Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away.
  22. Chew celery seeds to help you concentrate.
  23. Carry of chunk of dry pineapple in a bag to draw luck to you.
  24. Ask an orange a yes or no question before you eat it, then count the seeds: if the seeds are an even number, the answer is no. If an odd number, yes.
  25. Eat olives to ensure fertility.
  26. Toss Oats out your back door to ensure that your garden or crop will be bountiful.
  27. Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
  28. Place Lilacs around your house to rid yourself of unwanted spirits.
  29. Eat Lettuce to drive lustful thoughts from your mind.
  30. Rub a Lettuce leaf over your forehead to help you sleep.
  31. Add Lemon juice to your bathwater for purification.
  32. Eat grapes to increase psychic powers.
  33. Carry a blade of grass to increase your psychic powers.
  34. Smell Dill to get rid of hiccups.
  35. If you place a Dill sachet over your door, those who wish you ill can not enter your home.
  36. Place cotton on an aching tooth, and the pain will ease.
  37. Burn cotton to cause rain.
  38. Place pepper inside a piece of cotton and sew it shut to make a charm to bring back a lost love.
  39. Carry a small onion to protect against venomous animals.
  40. Eat grapes to increase fertility.
  41. Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person do draw out the sickness.
  42. Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams.
  43. Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares.
  44. Walk through the branches of a maple tree to ensure that you will have a long life.
  45. Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to dispel evil.
  46. Smell Lavender to help you sleep.  (Lavender makes me fall asleep so fast).
  47. Hang a pea pod containing nine peas above the door to draw your future mate to you.
  48. Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision.
  49. Carry peach wood to lengthen your lifespan.
  50. Carry a walnut to strengthen your heart muscle.
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Plant of the Day

Monday 29 May 2017

At the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Show this Japanese inspired garden was planted with a range of Acer palmatum (Japanese maples) cultivars which were catching the early morning light. These small, deciduous trees are grown for their graceful habit, autumn colour and beautiful foliage which may be coloured or deeply dissected. 

Jill Raggett

okay bitches, there’s something you need to know about maple syrup

Since none of y’all in the Check Please fandom know how it’s made, and I’ve read some pretty traumatising things in fics, I took these pictures especially for you today. And some are taken from the internet.

We dig holes on our maple trees so come Spring, they leak through metal peens.

In Québec, maples wear buckets. It’s FASHIONABLE.

Now, these are the quaint little érablières (maple tree places?), but others don’t mess around.

Then, what comes out can’t be eaten directly (except by squirrels), it needs to be boiled into one of these motherfuckers here

Now there are different ways of cooking maple, so you can have syrup, butter, and other goodies. What interests us right now is what we call “tire” (pronounce teer)

Below are pictures I took today at the Sugar Shack fair in my town. There are barrels of already boiled tire, and you need to boil it again to serve it. 

Then you pour it on the snow, in neat little lines. I should have taken that one, it was bigger than the one I actually got. 

Now you take a popsicle stick, start at one end and roll it up. You need to wait until it’s cold enough to stick together, and then you have to make sure it’s not lopsided or anything otherwise it gets all over your fingers and that shit’s sticky as hell.

Here you have the result (it’s pretty small, should be bigger). It’s so sweet, the best part is the cold snow that melts in your mouth at the same time. 

And THAT’s how you eat tire sur la neige. Yum yum. (say hi to my friend photobombing me). I don’t want to read false maple representation on future fics from now on, or the angry French Canadian fairy will come and set you right!

Maple Dragon - I did a commission a little while back which involved dragons and SCIENCE! (hopefully I’ll get to post that one after the event it’s for)

When I do commissions, I usually draw a number of thumbnail/development sketches. This one didn’t get picked, but I liked the concept so I painted it in my own time. I might make a series of these, something about the style really works for me.

Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.
—  Beau Taplin