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Medieval garden characteristics:

  • Gardens enclosed with wattle fences or quickthorn hedges
  • Trellis walkways and arbours providing shade and privacy
  • Raised beds to prevent plants becoming waterlogged
  • Grass treated as a flowery mead planted with low growing wild flowers
  • Turf seats usually built against a wall with flowers planted in the grass
  • Physic gardens with regimented beds of medicinal herbs
  • Orchards providing apples for the kitchen and for making cider
  • Fish ponds and stew ponds (where fish were purged of muddy water before cooking) to ensure a regular supply of protein during the many fast days of the Christian calendar
  • Dovecotes to provide pigeons for the kitchen, feathers for cushions and dung for fertilizing the garden
  • Pleasances, or ornamental parks for recreation, relaxation and sport

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How fucking disgusting it is that fatphobia is so prevalent in this country that there are people who would rather kill themselves with malnourishment than eat a big meal.

There are young girls and boys who would rather skip all the meals in their day than gain a few extra pounds.

There are fat people who have ATTEMPTED SUICIDE because of the things people say to them.

And yall really out here tryna act like there ain’t no damn problem. There’s a HUGE FUCKING problem.

Happy Spring, my dears! To celebrate my favourite season, I present to you a tarot challenge for the month of April. You are 100% welcome to alter or skip days as makes you comfortable, as these are just my own silly suggestions. Also, please feel free to @ me or tag with April Fool Tarot Challenge to share your adventures through the month! Write as artistically or as informally as you like! (PS I realise this is a little early/long-winded, I honestly just got excited). Anyway, with your consent, I wish you all the growth and warmth of the season! :)


1. The April Fool Spread: Shuffle, and find the Fool. The cards on either side are “what to be optimistic about this month” and “what to be wary of, in case it’s a trick”

2. Tarot Garden: Go through your decks and see if you can find at least three different flower species depicted. Take a super aesthetic photo of this tarot garden!

3. The Sun Cross Spread: Shuffle and find the Sun. The cards on either side are things that will warm up your spring

4. Green Thumb: Find three cards (or more!) with green as the dominant colour. Do the cards’ meanings relate somehow? If differentiating colours is difficult, select one or more cards that mean “growth” to you.

5. The April Showers Spread: Pull a card to represent April showers (an upcoming challenge), and another to show May flowers (a potential positive outcome of this challenge)

6. The Spring Cleaning Spread: Pull (randomly or by design) a card to represent something that needs to leave your life

7. The “That Gross Dirty Melting Snow” Spread (I asked my boyfriend what spring reminds him of, which was a mistake): Tell your deck the beginning of a classic joke, and then pull the punchline. Guaranteed to be an experience.

8. The Diamond Spread: For the April birthstone, pull four cards to represent Luxury, Clarity, Strength, and Rarity for the situation of your choosing

9. The Blossom Spread: Pull a Blossom (something to strive for), a Stem (what to do to help you get there), and Roots (what you already have that will guide your journey).

10. Wild Cards: Take a photo of your cards out in nature (or if you can’t leave your house, with a sweet houseplant!)

11. Haiku: Pull three random cards to write a haiku

12. Sweet Pea: For the birth flower of April, talk about a card that always makes you feel good when you pull it

13. Rubber Boots: Pull a card randomly. Its numerical value is your puddle-jumping-armour stat. How wet are your feet?

14. Hanami: Pull a card (randomly or by design) to represent something that doesn’t last long, so needs to be appreciated while it’s here

15. Tea Time: Have some tea with your cards! You’re halfway through and deserve a break.

16. The Two Easters Spread: My family celebrates both new and old calendar holidays, meaning that we usually have two Easters a year. This year, both fall on the same day (today)! To celebrate, pull two cards: The Resurrection (a lesson you could learn from your childhood self), and Renewed Hope (a message you need to hear from your deck). Feel free to alter this one as is comfortable for your spirituality.

17. The Spring Fling Spread: Shuffle, then spread your cards face up. Are the Lovers closer to the Emperor or the Empress? Use this as advice in your interpersonal relationships

18. Fairy Tales: Pull a card or two to tell us what your life as a garden fairy would be like

19. The Aries Spread: For the last day of this sign, pull a card each for the four stars of the Aries constellation. These will represent Passion (something to pour your heart into), Impulse (something to follow your gut on), Optimism (something to lift your spirits), and Aggression (something frustrating to work on).

20. The Taurus Spread: Taurus has way too many stars for this (lol), so instead, pull a card each for its two horns. One to represent something wonderfully stable, and one to represent something just a little stubborn.

21. The Chinook Spread: Pull a card to represent a very rapid change

22. The Earth Day Spread: Pull a card (or two or three) as a reminder of everything the planet has done for you!

23. The Rainy Day Spread: Pull three cards suggesting your next rainy day activities

24. Tanka: Pull five cards to write a tanka (like a haiku, but the syllables are 5-7-5-7-7)

25. Spring Break: Build a house of cards as best you can. Share pictures, even if it’s kind of a mess (I know mine will be)

26. The Weather: Describe today’s weather using tarot cards! Maybe even try to predict tomorrow’s weather, if you’re feeling it

27. The Migration Spread: Place five cards in a V, like geese flying north for the summer. What are you flying towards?

28. The Arbour Day Spread: A pine tree needs all four classical elements to survive: earth to hold onto, air to breathe, water to drink, and fire to release its seeds. Choose one card of each suit to describe yourself.

29. Rainbow: Find cards in each colour of the rainbow, for the sheer aesthetic of it. If differentiating colours is difficult (or your deck is fairly monochrome), find a handful of your happiest cards and lay them out in an arch.

30. Sunday Brunch: You’re off for a lovely Sunday brunch. Which court card(s) do you invite?

anonymous asked:

Gay people used to have their own bookstores and cafes but what happened was capitalism. Do you go to a local coffeeshop or do you get Starbucks? Do you buy your books from Amazon or Barnes&Noble instead of looking for a small business? This is why all those places disappeared. Most LGBT centers have gay choirs, though, they're just not skewed young to the queer community.

GOOD POINT ANON! There are few Gay Bookstores left, A LOT have gone out of business in the last few years. They all sell books, movies, gay flags, etc. and almost all of them are now combined with something else to survive: bookstore + coffee shop, bookstore + sex shop, bookstore + art shop, gay books + feminist/women’s books. Almost of all them have free dating nights, parties, book readings, book signings and other events where you can meet lesbian and gay people. Follow them on FB, IG and Twitter to keep up with their events. If you can’t actually go to any of these stores, please support them by ordering something from them online. We need to keep our places open! 

🇺🇸 United States 🇺🇸

Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room > site
12th & Pine - Philadelphia, PA

Bureau of General Services - Queer Division (BGSQD) > site
208 W 13th St, Rm 210 (in The LGBT Centre) NYC, NY

Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee > site
2710 N. Murray Ave - Milwaukee, WI

Charis Books and More > site
Moreland Ave NE & Euclide Ave NE - Atlanta, GA

Women & Children First > site
5233 N Clarke St - Chicago, IL

Common Language Bookstore > site
317 Braun Court - Ann Arbour, MI


🇨🇦 Canada 🇨🇦

Glad Day Bookstore > site
Church & Wellesley - Toronto, ON

Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium (and sex shop) > site
Davie & Jervis - Vancouver, BC


ADD YOUR LOCAL SHOP TO THIS LIST!!! 

Women in Ice Cells: The Sun's Daughter

In ASOIAF, many historical female characters are measured less on their own value and more by how much their deaths have impacted the men in their lives. Elia Nymeros Martell is no different: we see her family, particularly her brothers, mourn her, lusting for vengeance over the deaths of her and her children, but we hear relatively little of Elia herself. She was a key part of Robert’s Rebellion–not as an active player, but as a pawn, used as a bargaining chip to ensure her family’s loyalty. She watched her infant son die, then was raped and brutally murdered.

Elia’s tale is a tragic one, but unlike other characters who died before the story begins, such as Rhaegar Targaryen, Arthur Dayne, and Brandon Stark, we know very little about her. While we hear tales of Rhaegar’s gallantry, Arthur’s honour, Brandon’s “wolf blood”, Elia largely remains a mystery. Barristan tells us she was “a good and gracious woman” (Daenerys IV, ASOS). We know her health was delicate. Oberyn tells us she thought baby Tyrion was adorable. But aside from that–who was she? GRRM doesn’t tell us, so all we can do is find out for ourselves.

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  • I know I am forever dicking on Cullen for being an adorkable wet blanket in Inquisition but really:
  • *Temple of Dumat*
  • Varric: Curly, did you just...
  • Cullen: Yes.
  • Varric: But... How?! There were ten of them and I only turned away for a second?!
  • Cassandra: The Commander is a highly skilled Templar Knight, what did you expect?
  • Varric: Well sure but...ten to one?!
  • *At the War Table*
  • Cullen: Inquisitor, I've assigned my best officers to your guard.
  • Inquisitor: Cullen, I am just popping down to the Hissing Wastes, not assaulting the Breach.
  • Cullen: That's why I only assigned five this time.
  • Inquisitor: This time?!
  • Cullen: You didn't actually think you slaughtered your way through the Hinterland Bear Country on your own?
  • Inquisitor: Oh...
  • *Arbour Wilds*
  • Cullen: Inquisitor, keep going! I'll stay and cover your retreat!
  • Inquisitor: Oh no you don't buddy! I didn't keep you alive for months for you to then succumb to a nasty stab wound or an errant tree root!
  • Cullen: *Stops fighting* Yeah about that. *Stabs the nearest demon in the face with ease without looking*
  • Inquisitor: *Alarmed* What?!
  • Cullen: You seem to like the whole Prince Charming in Distress, I didn't want to ruin a good thing.So get going, I've got this. *straight up murders everything in the vicinity*
  • Inquisitor: What is even real anymore?!
  • Cullen: Well I still can't talk to women and flail in every social situation?
  • Inquisitor: It will have to do.
  • *Skyhold* - bonus
  • Inquisitor: Did anyone in Kirkwall catch your interest?
  • Cullen: Not in Kirkwall.
  • Inquisitor: Excuse me?
  • Cullen: What?
  • Inquisitor: *Bewildered* I think my panties just dropped.
  • Cullen: *Smoulders* I can help you look for them, perhaps my room?
  • Inquisitor: Maker...

Can this please be part of a library AU??

Shiro is the head librarian

Allura also works as a librarian (she and Shiro work together- naturally everyone ships them but them)

Coran is the events planner- he always comes up with the best summer programs and holiday themes (you just know he celebrates every holiday including the national days- national arbour day, national grilled cheese day- you name it, he’s got plans for it)

Lance works in the children’s department with Hunk- they are the dynamic duo and kids adore them!

Pidge is IT- the library is notorious for bad computers- half the time she just kicks the console and it works again- she always swears she’s quitting but she’s too much part of the family for anyone to take her seriously

Keith is the new shelver- just hired- eager to learn but relentlessly pranked by Lance- the squirrel thing was actually, at first, a part of an elaborate prank involving peanuts and Keith’s backpack and the drop off shoot, but it went just a little out of hand and now Keith lives in constant fear of his lunch being eaten by that squirrel

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Okay I have officially had it with Nicole Arbour. Matthew Santoro made a video on his abusive relationship with a person. He talks about how he was mentaly and phisically abused, he also did not mention the name of the woman he was with once.
After his video was released Nicole Arbour (who is now confirmed to be the one who Matthew said hit him) made a video on her side of the story, which in my opinion, is full of sh*t.
THEN she had the nerve to post a video challenging Matthew Santoro to a lie-detector test. It obvious that she is using this mans pain to gain views and its sick!
Someone start a petition to ban her from YouTube please?!