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The Etiquette of Herb-Gathering

As a practicing Witch and small-scale herbalist, I often find that when I’m out and about I’m also absentmindedly on the lookout for any new, interesting or useful herb species that might help me in my practice. I even carry a small clean jam jar and a sharp penknife in my handbag at all times for if I spot a herb I just can’t resist and need to take a cutting of it for my collection back home. However, while I’m avidly seeking out roadside feverfew or happily snipping cuttings of a rare cultivar of lavender or sage, I’m always acutely aware of why I call the etiquette of herb-gathering.

These are a few simple rules by which I suggest all foraging Witches, alchemists and herbalists should abide that dictate the correct course of action for those who seek to collect herbs from places other than their own gardens. They are mostly fairly common-sense, but a few are ones that might be overlooked, but which can actually be of profound importance!

I will list the rules below, but bear in mind that it’s not like this is some onerous obligation that must be fulfilled, and nor is it some sort of “Witchcraft commandment” or infallible and unchanging list of sacred laws. These are a few things that I created for my own usage, and nobody else is under any obligation to use them. If you choose to do so, I’ll be thrilled; if you find a way to improve them, please do reblog this post with your corrections! 

The Etiquette of Herb-Gathering

  1. Remember that all plants are living things, and if you harvest them too severely, they will die. This seems obvious, but you’d be shocked how many people forget! This is especially important when what you’re harvesting is the plant’s leaves - always remember that leaves are how plants make their food, so leave enough of them to enable the plant to keep growing strongly.

  2. Never forget that you may not be the only one foraging. Make sure that, when you harvest a wild growth of a herb, there may be others in the area who would also like to harvest that plant. Take only a little from a lot of patches, rather than using only two or three patches, but taking almost all of what is available at each one. This will not only ensure that other foragers can use that patch too, but will mean that when the patch regrows, you’ll know where to go back to in order to find it again instead of needing to hunt down a new patch each time.

  3. When foraging on another’s land, ask their permission first! This seems so straightforward, but sadly people forget that plants growing in other people’s gardens (yes, even their front lawn) are that person’s private property! Taking cuttings or fruits from plants on that property without the owner’s permission is legally theft, and can be punished just like shoplifting or stealing a bike from a railing. It also means that the owner will know that their plant is looking smaller because it’s been harvested, rather than them thinking it’s died or been eaten by some wild herbivore.

  4. Always cut stems at a diagonal angle. Never snip a stem so that it forms a circular, blunted end, because this can allow rainwater to build up on the surface of the cut. This rainwater can trap fungal spores, and cause the plant to get a serious fungal infection that may damage or even kill that whole patch. Instead, cut the stems at a roughly 45° angle, so that water beads up and rolls off more easily. 

  5. When collecting flowers, remember that other people like to look at wildflowers. Never take ALL the flowers from any wild plant, both because it prevents that plant from reproducing as it naturally wants to do, and because it means others who walk past the plant don’t get to see it’s beautiful blooms! If you own the plant, that’s another matter - you may WANT to snip off all flowers to prevent it from bolting, like with parsley. However, with wildflowers, always leave at least half the flowers on the plant so that it can continue to reproduce as nature intended.

  6. Never pick a plant you can’t identify with total certainty. Yet another seemingly-obvious one that is nevertheless often ignored. This is often quoted for fungi, because some fungi can be quite poisonous, but if anything it’s even worse for plants. The medicinally fabulous plant known as yarrow, Achillea millefolia, is a very useful plant and a common component of herbal medicines. However, it looks almost identical to spotted water-hemlock, a species of plant so deadly that one bite can kill you in 20 minutes. Make completely certain that all plants you collect are positively identified, and that you flag all plants with commonly-confused poisonous cousins for further identification later if you’re not 100% sure.

  7. Never harvest flowers from plants around beehives. Bees are one of the most important families in the natural world, being responsible for the pollination of tens of thousands of species of flowering plants all over the world and on every forested continent. Whilst most species of bees are solitary, and don’t form the large hives we assume are common to all bees, those that DO form vast colonies need similarly vast numbers of flowers to support themselves. When you come across a beehive, especially a boxed hive that’s clearly domesticated by humans, try to avoid harvesting any flowers from within 500 metres (about a third of a mile) around the hive(s). The hive needs all the nectar and pollen it can get, and due to the rising threat of colony collapse disorder the life of every single hive is a precious thing that must be preserved at all costs. It might be inconvenient for you, but it’s worth it.

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These are just a few of the major rules that I personally suggest all foragers and herb-gatherers take to heart. Remember that you’re not the only Witch who needs their supplies! Thank you for reading :)

– Juniper

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Hiraeth | Pt.5

pt.1 | pt.2 | pt.3 | pt.4 | pt.5 | pt.6 | pt.7 | pt.8 | pt.9 |

Words: 9,513.

Genre: Zombie apocalypse au, angst.

Summary: A world full of dwindling hope and lost loves and yet you and Jungkook are all the other needs to feel at home.

A/N: This chapter includes a lot of explaining but questions need answers. Also, sorry for the cliffhanger (again).

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Blue Skies

A/N: Happy Birth @snogfairy! I know I missed it last year but look!! I made something! Fantasy and everything <3

Avian!AU

Pairing: Nalu, Fairy tail

Words: 4506

Rating: T

Part: Oneshot (Angst) (Fluff)

Lucy loved flying.

She loved the feel of air whipping through her hair, of the strain on her back muscles as she rose herself high enough to find a current she could rest on, the crisp scent of pure oxygen that swirled above the clouds.

He favourite part of flying, however, had less to do with the act itself and more with the company.

“Bet I could reach that cloud that looks like an upside down cat first!” Natsu called, wings beating steady and strong as he held his position beside her. His wings were coloured like flames, yellows and oranges shimmering in the down of his feathers and close to the arch of bone that structured them, reds a rich jewel tone at the tips of his feathers with blacks and greys scattered along the outer layers like hidden shadows in the forest they played in.

“And what do I get if I win?” Lucy asked, grinning at her best friend’s challenge. While Natsu may be fast, Lucy was faster, not weighed down by a seven-foot wingspan and coiled muscles. Lucy’s wings were much more modest in length, only six feet across, but she knew they were beautiful in a way that was unmatched in her hometown. They were pure white with a soft golden undertone from the down feathers, silver tips of her outer feathers reflecting light and creating a glow that surrounded her like a halo in the moonlight.

Or at least that’s what Natsu had told her that one night they had stolen a bottle of strawberry mead from the guild kitchen and had picnicked along the edge of the lake under the light of the stars.

“I’ll fix all damaged boards and doors in your roost, but when I win you hafta cook for me for a week!” Natsu crowed, circling Lucy in an effort to expel his growing restless energy.

“My roost is damaged because you keep crash landing in it,” Lucy pointed out sourly, following Natsu’s movements as she kept her face towards him as she talked. “I mean I leave the window open every night, how you keep overestimating your landing is beyond me.”

“So you do leave it open for me,” Natsu leered, rising slightly so he could look down at Lucy. She felt heat crawl along her neck and she pouted at being caught. Stupid boy.

“Go!” Lucy shouted instead, allowing herself to drop slightly into the current below them and get a quick boost as she shot towards the cloud Natsu had pointed at.

“Cheater!” Natsu howled, following quickly on her heels. Lucy kept her arms close to her sides, laughing as Natsu cursed her loudly, voice barely carrying through the air rushing past them, words lost to the wind. Time blurred as they raced, Lucy’s heart pounding and sweat starting to bead on her temples and hairline, whipped away before she could fully register their creation. Lucy saw Natsu start to crawl into her peripheral, his eyes glinting with competitive joy and challenge. She swore under her breath, pushing herself to beat harder and cut through the air before her, weaving through different air currents and timing her beats of her wings for the most energy gained, every decision made in a millisecond through reflex alone.

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In Sickness and in Health

Okay Mark, what should you be working on?

Benefit of the Doubt, the long one you’ve been whittling at way too slowly?

The angsty chapters where actual things happen?

oh wait i know

LITERALLY EVERYTHING ELSE

All while writing this, I couldn’t help but think, eat it, eat the soup. XD

A lot of betting goes on in this household. I should stop making people bet on things.


Previous works in chronological order: Hired, Lovestarved, Trial & Trust, Deeper Than Skin, A Small Solace


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The Black Hat manor is very spacious. There are a few rooms in it that hardly ever see any use, maybe aside from storing random junk. 

Flug could only assume one of those places was where Black Hat disappeared to whenever he fell ill.

It didn’t happen often, mind you. Maybe four or five times a year, sometimes more. But whenever he did get sick, Dementia, Flug, and 5.0.5. would never see him. He’d always have disappeared, simply leaving them notes that usually read something along the lines of, “Ill. Expect me back within the week. PS: No slacking off while I’m gone!!!” This time was no different. 

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FF15 | Halloween Headcanons

I know we have a bit (okay a lot) before Halloween and all but where I work all that stuff is out already and I’m totally ready for it!. I love Halloween. So I am doing headcanons for costumes and their favorite candies!

Tagging: @stephicness @stunninglyignis @zacklover24 @roses-and-oceans @miss-scientia @misssarahdoll @rubyphilomela @mistressoli @neko-otaku13 @blondechocobobutt @waifuthewhite @mandakatt @insomniacapples @insomniasix @fieryfantasy @alicemoonwonderland @ardyns-jabberwocky @sweetchocobae @chocobabyporcelain @nykamito @nyxswaifu @zimmer2d @cagedbycravings @xnoctits @ffxvhoe  @valkyrieofardyn @sheylann @lady-asuka @prettyprompto @shiroce @eternallydaydreaming2015

Noctis: Noctis wants to dress up as a vampire lord but he’s quite too tired to put all the effort into it. (Ignis told him he’s on his own for this.) So he opts for something Prompto had joked about. Noctis goes as The Dude from Big Lebowski, he forgoes the wig and just ruffles up his hair and wears a pair of Gladiolus’ sunglasses. He’s comfy, in costume and he can go to bed in it a win-win for the sleepy prince. Noctis favorite candies Reese Peanut Butter Cup and Hersey Kisses.

Prompto: Classic Nerd costume would be something Prompto would choose because sure he’s nerdy but he’s more punk than nerd. He would make sure it is all kitsch nerd things like pocket protector, broken glasses (he has a pair of real ones that way) pants that are too short and slick his hair back and make it look a bit greasy. He would be even tempted to do fake braces for the day. Prompto’s favorite candies are Twix Bars and Dots.

Gladiolus: He would dress up as Super Saiyan Goku. (He would definitely have Noctis style his hair for him.) Of course Gladiolus would be shouting out “Kamehameha!!! Kamehameha!!!” a lot of the time because he can. Payday and Snickers are his favorite candies to get, he’ll trade all of his candies for them. 

Ignis: He would dress up as Alton Brown, Ignis likes to be a bit unique for his costumes having people often asking him who he’s suppose to be. “Why I’m a famous chef on t.v who does crazy experiments as well.” It’s also something that can be re-used for normal everyday wear. (I’m just like Ignis for this…)  His favorite candies would be Twizzlers and M&Ms.

Ravus: His is paired with Lunafreya as sibling costume. Ravus would dress up as a Devil (think of Azazel from Rage of Bahamut style) to pair with his younger sister.  He will carry a Trident though the thing is it’s a real one he took it from Lunafreya. Ravus’ favorite candies are Smarties and Skittles.

Nyx: Jack Skellington instead of a mask he wears face paint to seal the outfit. Nyx can sing all the songs that Jack is in and in perfect pitch. He’s even known to pretend to be just a skeleton to startle people in haunted houses. Nyx is a big fan of Three Musketeers and Sour Patch Kids for candies.

Lunafreya: To pair with Ravus Lunafreya dress up as a Angel. It would be long and flowy looking with wings and a halo. (Aranea picks on her saying she should have gone with a sexy angel outfit instead) Her favorite candies is literally the ones that no one wants to eat, she’s not picky.

Aranea: Sexy witch including corset, pointy hat and the lance is decorated like a broom. (she’ll never part with her lance) Her outfit isn’t very functional but it does look good on her and she generally wins the contests. Her favorite candies are Toblerone and Crunch bars.

Iris: Iris dresses up as a zombie and her make up for it is on point every time. It looks like a professional did it with high grade make ups, she swears she just did it with cheap stuff in five minutes. Younger kids get scared of her costume and tend to cry so she does something to make them laugh to make it better. Iris prefer scaring the older kids not the little tykes. Iris loves the popcorn balls and candy corn. (but not the pumpkin shaped ones)

Ardyn: Ardyn would dress up like Oscar the Grouch in his trash can, he heard some random joke flying around the Empire about him being some sort of trashy man. He decided they were to call him trash he would become trash. He would put away the beloved hat to use the lid of the trash can for a hat. Ardyn’s favorite candies are lollipops and candied apples.

Everybudders TPP discussion, and Call for Recs!

We are very excited to be participating in a Three Patch Podcast discussion taping soon, and the focus is Everybudders - all Mrs. Hudson ships welcome.

In tandem with this we want to put together a motherlode of Everybudders recs - please, if you have a rec of any fic or art piece or vid that focuses on Mrs Hudson shipped with anyone you like, please hook us up. Works do not have to be sexually explicit (although such works are VERY VERY WELCOME) but they do have to have a Mrs Hudson/someone (or several someones) pairing as a main focus, not just a background. ALL versions of Mrs Hudson welcome: BBC, ACD, Elementary, Granada, Russian, Great Mouse Detective, etc.

Also, reminder that the Get Mrs Hudson Laid collection at AO3 is still open for business and the challenge is still ongoing! (If you submit a work to it, please drop us a note so we don’t miss it).

Blue Skies (pt 2)

A/N; PSYCHE

y’all thought I’d leave you with that angst?? psssh, no way! Have some fluff to soothe over those broken hearts, and I hope this makes up @snogfairy <3 so do I get to keep hearting lol?

Second ending begins after the break, or ctrl-f ‘I love you’.

Natsu asks Lucy on a picnic and emotions are revealed. Two endings. Avian AU. 

Pairing: Nalu, Fairy tail

Words: 4864

Rating: T

Part: Oneshot (Angst) (Fluff)

Lucy loved flying.

She loved the feel of air whipping through her hair, of the strain on her back muscles as she rose herself high enough to find a current she could rest on, the crisp scent of pure oxygen that swirled above the clouds.

He favourite part of flying, however, had less to do with the act itself and more with the company.

“Bet I could reach that cloud that looks like an upside down cat first!” Natsu called, wings beating steady and strong as he held his position beside her. His wings were coloured like flames, yellows and oranges shimmering in the down of his feathers and close to the arch of bone that structured them, reds a rich jewel tone at the tips of his feathers with blacks and greys scattered along the outer layers like hidden shadows in the forest they played in.

“And what do I get if I win?” Lucy asked, grinning at her best friend’s challenge. While Natsu may be fast, Lucy was faster, not weighed down by a seven-foot wingspan and coiled muscles. Lucy’s wings were much more modest in length, only six feet across, but she knew they were beautiful in a way that was unmatched in her hometown. They were pure white with a soft golden undertone from the down feathers, silver tips of her outer feathers reflecting light and creating a glow that surrounded her like a halo in the moonlight.

Or at least that’s what Natsu had told her that one night they had stolen a bottle of strawberry mead from the guild kitchen and had picnicked along the edge of the lake under the light of the stars.

“I’ll fix all damaged boards and doors in your roost, but when I win you hafta cook for me for a week!” Natsu crowed, circling Lucy in an effort to expel his growing restless energy.

“My roost is damaged because you keep crash landing in it,” Lucy pointed out sourly, following Natsu’s movements as she kept her face towards him as she talked. “I mean I leave the window open every night, how you keep overestimating your landing is beyond me.”

“So you do leave it open for me,” Natsu leered, rising slightly so he could look down at Lucy. She felt heat crawl along her neck and she pouted at being caught. Stupid boy.

“Go!” Lucy shouted instead, allowing herself to drop slightly into the current below them and get a quick boost as she shot towards the cloud Natsu had pointed at.

“Cheater!” Natsu howled, following quickly on her heels. Lucy kept her arms close to her sides, laughing as Natsu cursed her loudly, voice barely carrying through the air rushing past them, words lost to the wind. Time blurred as they raced, Lucy’s heart pounding and sweat starting to bead on her temples and hairline, whipped away before she could fully register their creation. Lucy saw Natsu start to crawl into her peripheral, his eyes glinting with competitive joy and challenge. She swore under her breath, pushing herself to beat harder and cut through the air before her, weaving through different air currents and timing her beats of her wings for the most energy gained, every decision made in a millisecond through reflex alone.

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