the castles of burgundy

Spring inside the wallsChâteau de Châteauneuf, Côte-d'Or, Burgundy, France 2016

Master of Moulins [Known in Lyon and Moulins from 1472 to 1494, perhaps at Moulins in 1502 - 1503 - after 1504]
Portrait of Madeleine of Burgundy presented by Saint Madeleine
Ca. 1490-1495
Louvre Museum
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The model was the natural daughter of the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good, and the wife of Bompar de Laage, chamberlain of the Duke of Bourbon.

Harry enjoyed his job as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher; it paid well enough, he was supplied with room and board, and the students were all lovely. Well, except for one.

Tom Riddle, while not a necessarily a bad or disruptive student (quite the opposite, actually), unnerved Harry. It could be how his eyes took on an almost predatory look as they followed Harry around the room, it could have been the amount of time the teen had “accidentally” walked in on him in while he was changing, it could have been how he would lock eyes with Harry during dinner and eat an entire banana in one bite much to the amusement of his housemates.

It could also be because he was standing before Harry with his shirt unbuttoned and his pants dipping low on his hips, a dangerous smirk in place on his lips.

“What do you think would happen if I screamed?” Riddle asked conversationally, inspecting his nails like being in such a state of undress was normal.

“What?” Harry asked dumbly, hoping he had heard his student wrong.

“What. Do you think. Would happen. If. I. Screamed.” Riddle asked again, leaning against the desk behind him and resting his hands it, spreading his legs wider and putting himself in a rather provocative position. “I mean, wouldn’t this just look so bad for you? An empty classroom, a half dressed student…do you think they would give you a trial or would you be carted off to Azkaban immediately?”

“You wouldn’t.” Harry said, his heart rate speeding up when Riddle tilted his head, his eye widening in mock innocence.

“Would I?”

The devil taken the form of a fourteen year old and has come to make my life hell, Harry thought hysterically as he stared disbelievingly at Riddle, receiving a sweet looking smile in return. Harry was aware of how bad this looked if someone were to walk in and see the underage wizard in such a state; he knew no amount of pleading and “this isn’t what it looks like” would save him.

“What do you want?” He finally asked, sighing in defeat. “A higher grade? You already have all O’s and I can’t really control what other professors give you.”

“A date.” Riddle said, looking exceedingly pleased with himself as he straightened up, hands coming to button up his shirt. “This weekend at Hogshead, say at about seven? Most of the other students would be returning to the castle by then. I’ll meet you there; wear that nice set of burgundy robes in the back of the closet, it would make your eyes pop.”

When he finished his last button, Riddle picked up his school bag and spun on his heels to leave, leaving Harry feeling vaguely uncomfortable about what had just transpired and the fact that Riddle knew what was in his closet.

The heart of the castleChâteau de Châteauneuf, Côte-d'Or, Burgundy, France 2016

I’ve been sooooo busy these days! I work as the only guide in a castle in Burgundy this summer, which used to be the property of a very famous French lady in XVIIth century, la Marquise de Sévigné.The thing is that yesterday, a pretty famous french TV Show talked about her and showed the castle I work in so…. too much people came today.

Miaou to perspective and no scanner, sorry!

anonymous asked:

Hi, not sure if you're taking prompt requests but I have just read through some of your fics and loved them, I was wondering if you would have a go at filling this one: When Castle and Beckett are packing up her apartment Castle comes across her kinky box and one thing leads to another, lets just say they don't get much packing done! Thanks :D

Hi Anon! Sorry about the delay in getting this to you. I altered the prompt just slightly, so it’s post-7x09 and not pre-7x09. You’ll see why, and I hope you enjoy it!

Pandora

Rated M


He’s not where she expects him to be when she lets herself into the loft. His loft, now theirs. She’d promised at the precinct to watch a couple of his ridiculous macho movies with him, but the projector – and more importantly the man – are conspicuously absent from the living room. There’s no lingering scent of freshly made popcorn, no piles of movie snacks, nothing. A quick glance into the office tells her it’s empty and dark, too. So he’s not set up in there.

“Castle?” she calls, careful not to shout too loudly in case Alexis is upstairs studying for her upcoming exams. Living with a college student again has taken some getting used to, but it’s not too bad. The odd hours Alexis keeps can rival Kate’s own sometimes, but when it’s quiet in the loft, she’s mindful to keep it quiet.

The quiet is a bit unnerving, though, especially given how excited Castle had been earlier. Guilt pools in her belly; she had taken a while at her place – her old place – between meeting the movers to make final arrangements for putting everything they haven’t carted over here in storage, and taking some time to say her final farewell. Could he think she’s stood him up for their movie date?

Then again, he didn’t get much sleep the night before after having “drinks” with The Indestructibles. So he very well could be sprawled out across their bed, asleep, with one sock still on his foot and his pants partially undone. It’s happened before.

In a way, she hopes he is already asleep, because then she has the pleasure of crawling up his body and waking him. Welcome home, Kate, welcome home.

Rounding the corner into her bedroom requires dodging a pile of boxes she intends to take care of next time she gets a spare moment, but she makes it without breaking a toe or shouting obscenities into the ether. It’s for the best, really, especially if Castle’s asleep.

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ブルゴーニュ (The Castles of Burgundy)

8.5点 / 10点

フェルトの私的ベスト。ダイス目が悪くても大抵はなんとかなる!

ステファン・フェルト作。ブルゴーニュ地方の領主となり、自身の領地をさまざま建物(または船、家畜)で埋めて、一番発展させたプレイヤーの勝ち。

各プレイヤーはラウンド開始時に2つのダイスを振り、その目に対応したアクションを1つずつ行います。基本は、地形タイルを市場ボードから獲得して、プレイヤーボードに配置すると、タイルの種類ごとに異なる勝点やボーナスが得られるというもので、市場ボードのタイル陳列スペースにも、プレイヤーボードのマス目にもダイス目が書いてあり、それぞれに対応したダイス目でないと、タイルの獲得、または配置ができないという具合。

この手のゲームにありがちな、ダイス目が悪いと何もできない!ということもなく、ダイス目を±1変更する労働者をうまく使えば案外なんとかなることが多く、むしろダイス目によって行えるアクションが程よく限定され、あれもこれも何でもできるため長考!という事態にはなりにくい良いデザインになっていると思います。

プレイヤーボードをちまちまと埋めていくタイプのゲームなので、ソロプレイ感が強いと敬遠する人もいるかもしれませんが、市場のタイルや商品の獲得やボーナス達成は先手番が有利なので、船ファイルの配置による手番順争いは軽視できないですし、他プレイヤーが狙っているタイルと被らないようにタイルを狙っていくのも戦略なので、私個人としてはインタラクションが足りないぞ!とは特に思いません。

良いフェルトのゲームは処理や得点計算方法が複雑だとしても、一旦流れが頭に入れば抜け落ちません。このゲームはその筆頭かと思います。

Stalk me at Comic Con!!!! #ladies

note: this will be updated with more details as we approach the con!

Here’s the official places I’ll be at San Diego ComicCon and when. Feel free to come visit - the only price you pay will be with duck face selfies!

THURSDAY:

JOLT ‘N JOES
379 4TH AVENUE, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101

12:30 - 1:30 pm Playing Castles of Burgundy with Felicia Day!

2:30-3:30 pm Playing Krosmaster with Nika Harper!

3:30 - 4:30 pm Smash Up with Nika Harper!

Other Events:

10pm - ?????: Playing SuperFight offsite somewhere at a bar with the guys from Polaris…..

FRIDAY:

JOLT 'N JOES
379 4TH AVENUE, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101

10am - 11am: Playing the new Witcher board game!!!!!!

Other Events:

3pm -4pm: SORT THIS! With Polaris at the Polaris super fun zone outside the con!

SATURDAY:

6PM - Geek & Sundry Panel for special announcement!!!!!

Let’s fill those seats with Butterflies!

anonymous asked:

Hi can you suggest really funny movies? from 2000-2014 maybe? thanks!

  • Snatch. (2000)
  • Zoolander (2001)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • Johnny English (2003)
  • Shrek 2 (2004)
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  • Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  • Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
  • Wedding Crashers (2005)
  • Waiting… (2005)
  • Borat (2006)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • Nacho Libre (2006)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008)
  • In Bruges (2008)
  • In the Loop (2009)
  • Due Date (2010)
  • Bridesmaids (2011)
  • 21 Jump Street (2012)
  • This is the End (2013)
  • 22 Jump Street (2014)

I might have missed a couple of movies but these ones are the funniest and my personal favorites :p