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Archive for August, 2015

A Familiar’s Tale – Part IX

• Aug 27th, 2015 • Category: Musings

For over forty years, Tal and Korbis traveled the province of Aragon, settling for about ten years in any one place before Tal got the itch to move on once again. At each town, Tal would start a garden with seeds he’d saved of the healing herbs he knew best: thyme, rosemary, parsley, mint, lavender […]



Today in the Garden

• Aug 21st, 2015 • Category: herbs, Musings

Got out today for the first time in almost 2 weeks. It rained, then I sprained a toe, then it rained… I’d like to say I was playing in the dirt but in reality, kids and I could have made some marvelous mud pies with the dirt in the beds. Over two inches of rain […]



The Alphabet of Galen – A Review

• Aug 20th, 2015 • Category: health, herbs, Musings

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I love reading historical herbals and other medicinal texts. I find comparing what “they” knew “then” to what we know today an interesting (and sometimes mind-boggling) exercise. You’d be surprised at how accurate some entries are, without scientific evidence. The Alphabet of Galen wasn’t […]



A Familiar’s Tale – Part VIII

• Aug 17th, 2015 • Category: Musings, Ogre's Assistant

This is where Korbis shined. He learned from Tal which herbs were used for what, how to blend them to make medicinal wine, how to use mechanical methods as well as magic to set a broken bone…all the tools of a physician of the time. Several times a year, a legion or more of the […]



A Familiar’s Tale – Part VII

• Aug 7th, 2015 • Category: Musings, Ogre's Assistant

We found ourselves outside the manor wall and looking down the hill at the rows upon rows of grapevines. “There’s plenty of room for you to fly around and I’ll wager a lot of bugs, too,” Korbis pulled me off his shoulder and threw me up into the air. I was growing stronger and managed […]