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A contest ! What is ‘beelwort’?

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In writing my science-fiction book Meniscus: Crossing The Churn, I had a lot of fun inventing plant and animal species to populate the planet Meniscus. I also enjoyed thinking of the various common items a traveller on the planet might encounter. I include a Glossary at the end of the book, to help the reader. However, one item is not identified, on purpose. I thought it might be fun to keep readers guessing about the identity of this item …  “beelwort” …

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What is ‘beelwort’ ???

 

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When we first meet Odymn, the book’s protagonist, she is a slave in the city of Prell. She puts in her days at a bar, waiting tables. Being a waitress in Prell is no fun. As the book says, every day has its challenges: boiling coffee thrown, the brutal behavior of the Gel-head customers, and, worst of all —

 

Slices of beelwort slipped into a pocket …

 

The “wort” in “beelwort” suggests a plant or plant product. The only other thing I know about “beelwort” is now part of my draft of Book Four — Meniscus: The Town at Themble Hill.  Odymn talks about her cooking:

 

‘When we return to Garth,” she says,

“I refuse to take another turn at cooking.

No one likes what I make.”

 

“I like what you make,” says the Slain.

 

“You’d eat beelwort on a stick,”

says Odymn.

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So what is “beelwort”?

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For example, a slice of “beelwort” in a pocket might be like having a slice of orange put into your pocket …

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I am running a contest. The winner of the contest will recieve a copy of my poetry book within easy reach, a book about edible wild plants … not a beelwort among them!

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To enter the contest, let me know what you think “beelwort” is — the answer can go in my Blog or Facebook comments. Describe it in one sentence (nothing obscene is allowed and I reserve the right to edit or not allow the comment).  I will run the answers by the members of my writing group and have them select one winner. I’ll announce the winner by March 31, 2017 and arrange to send him or her a copy of within easy reach, postage paid.

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Put on your thinking caps! What is “beelwort”?

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

 

 

 

 

a moment of beautiful – autumn leaves

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Like stained glass against the sky!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

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October 10, 2016 at 7:50 am

morning sky

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We are approaching the end of the Isaac’s Way Summer Art Auction #27 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Art Auction is raising funds for MUSIC lessons for kids-in-need.  The last day for bidding on or buying a painting is Sunday evening September 25th, 2016 at closing time.

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My painting in this Art Auction is of a brilliant sunrise behind our grey woods.  The painting, entitled ‘morning sky’, is 24″ wide by 20″ high, acrylic with gallery edges. I am donating 50% of the proceeds from my painting to the charity.

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‘morning sky’ Jane Tims

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If you live in the Fredericton area, stop by and have a look at the art works available (and try some of the restaurant’s great food). Over 50 artists have contributed their work! You can also see the art available in the auction at http://isaacsway.ca/

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

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September 12, 2016 at 7:12 am

Isaac’s Way Art Auction and Sale – ‘morning sky’

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On May 27, 2016, the 26th Art Auction and Sale at Isaac’s Way Restaurant in Fredericton, New Brunswick will come to an end. Only a few more days to own some reasonably-priced art and contribute to a charity for children. For a look at the paintings still available, visit http://isaacsway.ca/art/.

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My painting in the 26th Art Auction and Sale is a landscape of the Saint John River as viewed from the Nerepis Marsh. It is entitled ‘across the bay’ (24” wide by 20” high, acrylic on canvas, unframed with gallery edges).  The current bid is $100. I donate 50% of the proceeds to Isaac’s Way Kids-in-Need. To make a bid on this or other paintings, just drop in at Isaac’s Way in Fredericton or call 506-474-7222.

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My submission to the next (the 27th!) Art Auction and Sale is of a brilliant sunrise behind our grey woods.  The painting, entitled ‘morning sky’, is 24″ wide by 20″ high, acrylic with gallery edges. This auction will run from May 27, 2016 to late September 2016.  The proceeds from the auction will go to sponsor Kids-in-Need for music lessons and I am donating 50% of the proceeds from my painting to the charity.

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May 10, 2016 ‘morning sky’ Jane Tims (24″ X 20″ acrylic)

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May 13, 2016 at 7:00 am

in the shelter of the covered bridge – lichen garden

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April 14 2016 'lichen garden' Jane Tims

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time-stamped

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Pont Lavoie (Lavoie Covered Bridge)

Quisibis River #2

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when the end-post

of the guard rail

splits and rots

the broken space

makes room

for rain and pollen

dust and autumn

leaves

other detritus

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spores find encouragement

and lichens grow

Cladonia cristatella

uniformed in red

Cladina, blue-grey

reindeer lichen

and pyxie cups

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lichens ageless

bridge not meant

to last forever

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Copyright  Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

April 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

something orange

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I love the colour orange. It must be so – it is one of the most used ‘tag’ words in my blog postings.

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This is a rather whimsical ‘side-view’ watercolour of an orange mushroom I saw recently in our cottage woods. I published the ‘top-view’ in an earlier post.

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November 22, 2015 ‘side-view of an orange mushroom’ Jane Tims

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November 5, 2015 'woodland floor' Jane Tims

November 5, 2015 ‘woodland floor’ Jane Tims

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December 2, 2015 at 7:05 am

colour on the woodland floor

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Today, we went for a walk along the trails at our camp. My favorite path runs along the boundary, next to our zig-zag cedar fence and among young white pine, grey birch, red maple and balsam fir.

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The weather has been very damp, so I expected to find fungi along the way. But I was surprised to see a beautiful patch of bright orange toadstools, each with a distinct orange-red center. They stood out among the red-brown leaves and green mosses.

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I am not good at the identification of fungi, but I think this is Caesar’s mushroom (Amanita caesarea). It is easily confused with the poisonous Amanita muscaria, so no one should use my painting as an identification guide. Just a celebration of orange and red on a fall day.

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November 5, 2015 'woodland floor' Jane Tims

November 5, 2015 ‘woodland floor’ Jane Tims

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Copyright Jane Tims 2015

Written by jane tims

November 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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