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#1 2017-03-09 13:10:47

Firsfron of Ronchester
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QM - The Lost Garden

After a seemingly endless journey across an ocean of black waves and white sea-spray, you find yourself in a beautiful but blighted tropical paradise. You exit one of the eight great ships which made it this far across the Ocean Indefinite and Eternal.

A beautiful city once covered this island, but now this place is forsaken and abandoned. Strange, twisted trees dot the landscape. As you begin exploring the vast, empty citadel, you remember once briefly seeing something similar to this city, a cameo of this place carved into an ancient orange gemstone...


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#2 2017-03-09 13:12:09

ylvs
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Posts: 13416

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Marvelous.

Thankee, Firs!

*hides*

 

#3 2017-03-09 13:13:55

ylvs
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From: Art Central
Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13416

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

*reappears*

Well done, drowning the last one. Fitting.

*verdants*

 

#4 2017-03-09 13:23:08

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

ylvs wrote:

Well done, drowning the last one. Fitting.

Alas, child, our old homeland is beyond us, now, drowned beneath the waves. Lost beneath the seas. We are unhomed. Truly... unhomed...

*tears trickle down cheeks as Firs orders a drink from the Venyha Do'sae bar*


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#5 2017-03-09 13:38:56

Peter
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

I think I found the lost garden. It was under the snow. The whole time!


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#6 2017-03-09 14:19:49

Pandy
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From: Osten Ard, Pyramid
Registered: 2001-08-16
Posts: 3436

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Aw, man. I was gonna suggest heading over to the Witchwood Fields.


"This is what education does to you. It makes you look forward to cleaning." -Magpie
"I think Pandiqegabenikananoomookmannaq sounds even better." -Firs
Pandy! I found a pop can in the fridge here at work that is a bit dented, has some gunk on the side, and wobbles a bit when you poke it. Thought of you. :) - Ad1tu

 

#7 2017-03-09 14:34:55

Peter
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

I seem to have misplaced my witchwood grove.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#8 2017-03-09 15:00:35

Pandy
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From: Osten Ard, Pyramid
Registered: 2001-08-16
Posts: 3436

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

That's past the fields.


"This is what education does to you. It makes you look forward to cleaning." -Magpie
"I think Pandiqegabenikananoomookmannaq sounds even better." -Firs
Pandy! I found a pop can in the fridge here at work that is a bit dented, has some gunk on the side, and wobbles a bit when you poke it. Thought of you. :) - Ad1tu

 

#9 2017-03-09 15:55:15

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Oh, you jokers!

*sheds one last tear for the Garden, as someone throws trash out the passenger window*


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#10 2017-03-09 16:56:11

Ad1tu
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Posts: 6463

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Today was a day. Very day-ish. I actually got things done! I was pretty busy, but because things were finished and I could cross them off my list, I felt pretty good.

So it was super windy here yesterday! The area has had a lot of damage: trees, branches, power lines, utility poles, etc. Lots of things fell down. I got home and my husband was waking up from a cat nap, and he mentioned something about hearing a big crack earlier. I thought maybe it was one of our neighbor's trees had lost a branch. So we're looking out all the windows trying to figure out what could have made that noise. We open up the back door and saw the tree in our backyard neighbor's yard was completely blown over. It's not terribly surprising that it was that tree. The poor thing was half dead anyway. But I will miss it. I like trees. Reasons I could not live in a city: no trees.


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#11 2017-03-09 20:15:15

Pandy
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From: Osten Ard, Pyramid
Registered: 2001-08-16
Posts: 3436

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

That's why I love this area. Olympia is the state capital.  Tons o' trees.


"This is what education does to you. It makes you look forward to cleaning." -Magpie
"I think Pandiqegabenikananoomookmannaq sounds even better." -Firs
Pandy! I found a pop can in the fridge here at work that is a bit dented, has some gunk on the side, and wobbles a bit when you poke it. Thought of you. :) - Ad1tu

 

#12 2017-03-09 20:46:12

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

*lights candle for downed tree*

Oh, wait. Open flames aren't good around dead wood...

*snuffs candle*


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#13 2017-03-09 23:47:19

Sahi
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Come to the Netherlands, Ad1tu, or cities have lots of trees!


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#14 2017-03-10 00:28:08

Tad
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

I think I might be coming to the Netherlands, actually.  Deb may come too.  If it happens, it will be in October.

Don't spread this around off the board until it's confirmed, please, because it might be a bit politically sensitive with my publishers.  (Might not be, either, but I'm just being safer than sorrier.)

If if it happens, since I'm also going to Germany, we could do a two-headed back-and-forth Smarchmoot in both places.


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-- Dylan

 

#15 2017-03-10 04:12:18

Magpie
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Ooooh!

*hopes*


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#16 2017-03-10 05:05:46

ylvs
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Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13416

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Well the board is the place that is most excited about this news anyway! Awesome. And Deb prolly coming along is the icing on the cake.
I can't remember ever looking so forward to Autumn in Spring. Almost Spring that is.

My city has loads of trees as well. I remember being surprised and apalled as a kid when I first went to Frankfurt and there were no trees. Another reason why I still live here. Kassel is just a great place to be. Come over and find for yourselves ...

 

#17 2017-03-10 05:13:06

ylvs
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From: Art Central
Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13416

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Oh, you jokers!

*sheds one last tear for the Garden, as someone throws trash out the passenger window*

But why are you crying for the Garden, when this actually is the Garden?

*nods at first post*

You just drowned Spring on Earth. This is the Garden. All is well. Dog is here. Needing anymore hints?

*dances*

 

#18 2017-03-10 05:49:26

Sahi
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Posts: 44999
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

*frolics*

Today is a happy day. For the first time in weeks I'm feeling happy and bubbly again! I've replanted some strawberries in my new planter, walked to the supermarket in the sun and now I'm hearing this awesome news!


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#19 2017-03-10 09:35:39

Ad1tu
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Registered: 2004-02-22
Posts: 6463

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Whoa. That was weird. Ever have current things happen that remind you of stuff that happened years and years ago, that you had no idea you even remembered? That definitely just happened to me.


If you should do what makes you happy, and no one can tell you what makes you happy, then that means no one can tell you what to do!

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#20 2017-03-10 10:04:53

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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From: Yonder green hills
Registered: 2006-03-29
Posts: 13256

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Tad wrote:

I think I might be coming to the Netherlands, actually.  Deb may come too.  If it happens, it will be in October.

Don't spread this around off the board until it's confirmed, please, because it might be a bit politically sensitive with my publishers.  (Might not be, either, but I'm just being safer than sorrier.)

If if it happens, since I'm also going to Germany, we could do a two-headed back-and-forth Smarchmoot in both places.

*squeeees*

Oh hang on.... I no longer live there.... *plots*


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#21 2017-03-10 10:06:31

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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From: Yonder green hills
Registered: 2006-03-29
Posts: 13256

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Sahi wrote:

*frolics*

Today is a happy day. For the first time in weeks I'm feeling happy and bubbly again! I've replanted some strawberries in my new planter, walked to the supermarket in the sun and now I'm hearing this awesome news!

It's the weather.... I swear my life turns 180 degrees when the sun shines, the birds sing, it gets warmer and it smells of spring!


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#22 2017-03-10 10:06:58

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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From: Yonder green hills
Registered: 2006-03-29
Posts: 13256

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Ad1tu wrote:

Whoa. That was weird. Ever have current things happen that remind you of stuff that happened years and years ago, that you had no idea you even remembered? That definitely just happened to me.

I do!!!! Sudden memories that you had forgotten happened!


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#23 2017-03-10 10:07:28

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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From: Yonder green hills
Registered: 2006-03-29
Posts: 13256

Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Waiting for my annual review.... I think I might have been forgotten....


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#24 2017-03-10 10:27:13

Magpie
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Today was so cold and windy! I was surprised we still had quite a few customers - and I kind of wish we hadn't had so many, because I didn't want to go outside.

But there were two little boys who were adorably excited to buy flowers.


... and now I just remembered, I wanted to bring home the tulips that are too old to sell, so I could enjoy them for a few more days before throwing them out. But then there were suddenly so many customers just when I was about to leave, and so I forgot about the tulips.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#25 2017-03-10 10:31:15

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: QM - The Lost Garden

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way wrote:

Waiting for my annual review....

Good luck, Libra!

I think I might have been forgotten....

Sure hope not! I didn't get my first annual review until... 2012. Despite being employed here since 2004. Then they forgot my annual review last year, too. I got it in September (it's supposed to happen by June). So I've had three annual reviews that were on time, and one annual review that was months late. Out of thirteen years.


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