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Dwi i mewn Cymru ag Nathaniel! - Perfectly Pansy
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Dwi i mewn Cymru ag Nathaniel!
Nathaniel's resting again, so I thought I'd take a moment to remind you all once again of my divine presence! I've been very busy here in Wales since Wednesday. Mrs. Warrington has given me a beautiful suite of rooms to stay in, with a really fantastic bath! Honestly, it rivals the prefects bath at Hogwarts. I've spent a bit of time in the bath, but usually I like to read whilst bathing, and to be honest, I'm bored to death with reading, having spent the last six weeks doing nothing but.

Sometime before tomorrow evening, I shall complete my potions assignment, and I think I understand the general theme of creativity. Seeing as I'm in Wales, I thought it only fitting to research native Welsh plantlife for my potions assignment. I've collected eight specimins thus far, and now I only have to choose which ingredients to incorporate into an original potion. I have:


  • Althaea hirsuta, or Hairy mallow.



  • Cerastium brachypetalum, or Grey mouse ear.



  • Hypericum linariifolium, or Toad-flax leaved St John's Wort.



  • Ranunculus ophioglossifolius, or Adder's-tongue spearwort.



  • Salvia pratensis, or Meadow clary.



  • Sphagnum balticum, or Baltic bog-moss.



  • Lecanactis hemisphaerica, or Churchyard lecanactis.



  • Orthilia secunda, or Intermediate wintergreen.



The question is, do I want to brew an offensive potion, or a defensive one? I know the one ingredient I will use either way is the intermediate wintergreen, because it will lend a pleasant taste to my potion. In the case of an offensive potion, I'd want it to be as beguiling as possible. I suppose the same is true for a defensive potion; people in the most need of defensive potions are often the most unwilling to imbibe. Hairy mallow -- perhaps a warming potion for when one is lost on the moor? Grey mouse ear -- eavesdropping? Making one unnoticeable? Toad-flax leaved St John's Wort could perhaps calm the injured or dying; I imagine it feels even more horrid to realise one is injured or dying unexpectedly -- as for me, I've decided I'd much rather not know when I'm to die. I'd rather just die without warning. Meadow clary . . . is there need for clarity potions on an emergency basis? Yes, I expect so; however, it would depend how long it would take to brew the potion, because after a certain point it becomes ineffective to rely on a clarity potion, because if one is feeling incoherent to begin with, impromptu potions are not really an option. That doesn't mean they aren't useful to stockpile, though. Baltic bog moss -- confusing? I really don't know what churchyard lecanactis is useful for. Maybe Mrs. Warrington has herbology texts I could look through. I will ask.

I've also met Nathaniel's father and his brother. Of course I was still younger when Casius was at Hogwarts with us, so I didn't know him very well, but he is . . . well, he can be amusing, really! For example, when he sleeps in his chair -- head thrown back, open, and snoring -- you can toss shelled peanuts into his mouth, and he swallows them whole! Without even waking up! It's bloody brilliant! Nathaniel, I can't believe you kept Casius's brilliance a secret from me for this long! Do you think we could charm him so that he makes elephant trumpeting noises in lieu of the loud snoring? I was also thinking we might dress him up in glue and feathers, or some like costume.

Justin, how is Oxford? Is all well? I'd ask after Zach, too, but I'm sure he can't be arsed to leave the library -- he likely bloody forgot it was a holiday two seconds after McGonagall announced it.

I'm feeling: mischievous mischievous

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trained_wizard From: trained_wizard Date: October 30th, 2004 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic as always, even though it was raining the first day I was back.

Surprisingly, he didn't.
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Does the rain feel different in the Muggle world than in the wizarding?

Didn't forget it was a holiday, or didn't forget to leave the library?
trained_wizard From: trained_wizard Date: October 30th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not at all. I didn't bother with an umbrella or a repelling spell, actually. The rain was nice.

Either. He was thrilled to have a break from school.
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you know I love the rain! It's been very lovely here (yes, I managed to look outside! We even WENT outside)

Where'd he go?
trained_wizard From: trained_wizard Date: October 31st, 2004 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so proud!

Home! Although he did floo over to my house for dinner.
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 31st, 2004 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, thank you, thank you! I am preening now, of course!

That's so grand that he remembers who you are! Yay, go ZACH!
tracey_superbe From: tracey_superbe Date: October 30th, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bydew , Fi erioed ceudod Chlywn areithi Cymraeg.

I've already got my five, but I'm not telling. And I've got the perfect book for you, sitting right here on my desk, The Concise Herbologist's Guide To Wales, but my copy's in Welsh.

And now I'm busy being bored. How's Holyhead?
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
It took me a good ten minutes to translate the subject header, and it's not even decent Welsh -- I am being here in Wales with Nathaniel, heh! -- so what does your Welsh say?

Ooo, I am jealous that you have that book at your disposal; perhaps Mrs. Warrington has an English translation. I wonder if I keep at it long enough, how long it will take me to learn Welsh?

It's beautiful here. The weather has been warm, although Justin's said Oxford was rainy the other day. Where'd you go? Is Draco visiting with you at all? I know he said he would be going to Paris for a tick. If you'd like, you can Floo here for a bit, if you're bored.
tracey_superbe From: tracey_superbe Date: October 30th, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just voiced my surprise that you spoke in a lnaguage that wasn't English. And quite well, too.

I'm not actually using it for my assignment, and I think you'll have a good chance of finding a copy, any self-respecting Welsh library has one. And I think with some practice and encouragement you could be fluent. It took me a couple of years, but I learned as a child. Since I don't speak much of it now, I'm a bit rusty.

Oooh, I'm jealous. I went there on holiday once when I was seven But it rained the entire time. And it doesn't suprise me that it's raining in Oxford, neither. And sadly, I must admit that I am stuck here at the castle, for lack of anywhere better to go. And I've not seen anyone since Thursday.

I may just take you up on that. If it's okay with Nat's parents, of course.


perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, well if 'quite well' constitutes taking ten minutes to translate one simple sentence, then I will agree with you! I must admit, I felt rather caveman-ish, trying to figure out simple words: ME BEING HERE IN WALES, UGG! At least I refrained from beating my chest with my fists, heh!

I've never been to Oxford myself. Justin keep trying to convince me to visit.

Yes, come and visit with us! Nathaniel's still sleeping right now, but I know he thinks very fondly of you, as do I, and we always have interesting conversations, right? Do you want me to ask Mrs. Warrington, just to be certain? My sense is she wouldn't mind.
tracey_superbe From: tracey_superbe Date: October 30th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
For the true Welsh experience, try the rarebit. Nothing says rustic like hunks of toast covered with beer and mustard gravy. Yum.

I was hoping to go there this year and see Dad, but things came up. It's quite charming, especially in summer, but I think you'd find it a tad quaint for your tastes. Hopefully I'll be able to go for Christmas this year.

Yes please. I shall like that very much. Is there anything you wish me to bring?


perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll go ask her -- hang on, I'll just be a few minutes . . .
tracey_superbe From: tracey_superbe Date: October 30th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay.
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mrs. Warrington says it would be perfectly fine for you to come to visit!

Rarebit? Um, no. But you could bring a bottle of wine if you have one to spare -- I don't think Nathaniel would want any, but I wouldn't mind sharing a bottle with you. And maybe that Herbology text, just in case there's not one here.
tracey_superbe From: tracey_superbe Date: October 30th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I don't like it either. And when I say I don't like it, I really mean I hate it quite intensely.

Brilliant! I'll be along shortly, I'll just leave a message for Professor Snape first. I actually get to leave the castle. JOY.

Wine, you say? Oh, decisions. Maybe a nice elderflower?
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't blame you; it sounds frightful.

I'm so glad you agreed to come visit! I'm sure Professor Snape won't mind.

You know, I don't really know anything about wine. Elderflower sounds nice, though. Dorian only trained me up on various fireswhiskeys. It's high time I learnt something refined for once, though.
tracey_superbe From: tracey_superbe Date: October 30th, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Frightful. Very frightful.

I don't think he knows I'm even here. Not seen him since classes ended. Left a small note, anyway.

It's a traditional and terribly old Welsh recipe, just some homemade wine I was sent as an early birthday present.

And yes, there are more refined things in the world than Old Ogden's. Enlightenment couldn't hurt, could it?

perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Do you think Professor Snape is well? He missed class last week, remember? Madam Pomfrey taught us. I think I shall owl him.

Enlightenment is what we all crave. I'll be waiting for you, Tracey. And I think Nathaniel's stirring, so come along whenever you'd like.
a_lotus_flower From: a_lotus_flower Date: October 30th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is good to see that you are enjoying yourself, Pansy.
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel as if a tonne's been lifted off my back! How are you feeling, Su? Are you still at Hogwarts?
a_lotus_flower From: a_lotus_flower Date: October 30th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am feeling unprepared and woefully behind on everything. Visiting my parents presently. They would not give me permission to stay with a friend, though, so I have not done much else but read and gather potions ingrediants.
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 30th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are very clever, though -- you will catch up on your studies, I'm sure of it. Do you like potions? I do, although it doesn't come naturally to me like, say, Runes or Defence.
a_lotus_flower From: a_lotus_flower Date: October 30th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do like potions. They are a very tactile form of magic, which I enjoy.

I am sure I will catch up as well. I have just never felt so behind before. Normally I am ahead. It is an odd feeling.
perfectly_pansy From: perfectly_pansy Date: October 31st, 2004 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you like Herbology too? I'm not taking it anymore, although I do like gardening. But that's hands-on as well. I like classes that exercise my mind too, like Runes. I'm terrible with numbers, though. It's why I don't take Arithmancy.
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