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Chapter Two

By on the 17th day, Terran month 12 in The Wind Warrior (Novel) | 0 comments

Chapter Two They walked side by side, one in emerald green, one in imperial purple, their robes brushing the condensation from the grass as they passed, deep in conversation.  A rumble grew more discernible on the early morning air, then the sound of war bells on flying hoofs, and to their left, skirting the forest, came two squads of crack Equi Horse Guard at full gallop.  In pairs they cleared the fence and disappeared into the trees, leaving the walkers alone. “Ah’riodin sssits well thiss beautiful morning, yess?” Pythos said, flicking his long tongue with pleasure. “Io always sits well,” Ardenai replied absently, peeling the blade of grass he’d picked up along the way.  “Her abilities are above reproach.” “In many thingss,” the serpent physician nodded.  “How well sshe getss on with her life desspite the death of her hussband, yess?” “Ah, the first jab of the day,” Ardenai said,...

The Wind Warrior: Chapter One

By on the 9th day, Terran month 12 in The Wind Warrior (Novel) | 0 comments

The digital  novel, The Wind Warrior, continues the story from the novella, “The Day The City Shook.”  With new chapters published weekly, it continues the tale of the improbable Thirteenth Dragonhorse, Ardenai.

Rosemary Cheddar Bread

By on the 26th day, Terran month 11 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dearest Eomeoni, We awoke to a cold, white world this morning.  The steam rising from the river made it seem magical, and the trees were all ribboned along their branches with white satin.  There was a storm last night and the flyers were not allowed in the air, nor did the planetary trains run, so Ardenai’s grandparents, Krush’s parents, stayed over for a third night.  Ardi’s grandsire, Cutter, is a jovial, easy-going fellow like Krush, but his granddam, Ah’leah, is a ball of fire like Krush’s twin brother, Breton.  When she is around things are never quiet and they are never still.  She claps her hands and hurries people along, and sends folks scurrying off in different directions to check on things. This morning she sent Ah’din and me off to check on the cheeses curing in one of the stone barns.  We hurried through the tunnel, giggling like school girls, and when we got to the area...

Ah’Dwina’s Harvest Pot

By on the 12th day, Terran month 11 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dearest Amma and Appa, Harvest is in full swing here in our region of Viridia.  The great harvesters run day and night, skimming over the fields of alcibus, mazea and phaselus.  Trundlers pulled by teams of horses are moving load after load of hay into the barns for Aellaeno and Chionos, those seasons when the snow is too deep for the livestock to forage.  The children are out of school for High Harvest, and all the youngsters here on the keep have something to do toward putting up stores for the seasons of snow and cold. I watched two little boys pulling a wagon down the rows of caulis (what you would call cabbage), picking up the heads as their father cut the stalks in front of them.  They came later to rake leaves.  They spent more time jumping in the piles than actually accomplishing anything, but they were very cute.  I am working Ardi in the direction of having a child of our own...

Herbed Vinegar

By on the 5th day, Terran month 11 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dearest Eomeoni and Appa, As you know, my brother-in-law’s father is one of the premier vintners on Viridia, and Teal is exceptionally adept at learning the family business. I was watching them one day as they were filling barrels, and I noticed that several were being set aside – some with red wine, some with white. When I asked, Teal explained that those barrels would be stored under different conditions, because they were for vinegar. Once they cure properly they are poured off into bottles and stored for use by the family, the community and the Great House. As you can imagine, this household is deeply into all things wine and wine related, and since Ah’din is also a magician with herbs, this simple recipe is a natural. Since you have stated that the recipes I send you are too complicated for “two old people” to make, (which I find really, funny, Amma) I think you will like this...

Fresh Sauteed Pole Beans

By on the 28th day, Terran month 10 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dear Amma and Appa, I was contacted yesterday by the Wildlife Specialist for this part of Viridia.  He has asked me, since that was my profession on Terren, to accompany him on a survey of the local cerastaper population.  They’re kind of along the lines of wild boars, only their tusks are longer and there are three of them, not just two.  Shudder.  I thought my husband would tell me to stay home like a good little keepwife, but he just gave me this odd look and said, “Well of course you should go.  It’s your job.”  So I guess I’m off to the wilds of Viridia in a couple of days.  Apparently the cerastapers have been raiding along the outskirts of several of the big phaselus operations, and there is some concern that someone could be injured if they surprise one.           As you know, phaselus, along with alcibus, forms a big part of the Equi diet, and we have several varieties in our...

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