Wednesday, November 08, 2006
A couple areas on Hogwarts Grounds
Here are a couple of new areas I've written for the project. I think Hogwarts is boring so it's back to Azkaban for me.
Trickling in from the north, a tiny brook slithers down to a westward pond. Barely visible, this thin stream of water is unfortunate enough to vanish during the summer months, though during the winter it flourishes with life. A glistening elf-sized lake joins with the tiny brook. Hidden mostly by foliage, the brook’s dribbling sound gives away its existence. Small creatures find the brook delightful to draw a sweet drink from while sparrows find pleasure in taking a bath in the slow flow of water.
Pond Elf-sized Lake
Oval in shape, this pond looks more like a watering hole than a lake. Small water bugs float placidly until disturbed. There is no bank or sand. A mere strip of moistened dirt rings the rippling surface.
Brook Tiny Stream Dribbling
The brook’s clear water lets off a faint trickling sound as it makes its way down to the pond. The dirt bottom is visible through the clean water.
12 11 1 A field mouse ventures out to take a sip of water.
5 8 1 A small bird splashes itself in the shallow cold water.
Large clay barrels sit conveniently under each greenhouse gutter. Catching the gutter water, the tub serves as a preservation receptacle. Providing the grounds with natural soft water, the water butts store the liquid until needed. Not only do the barrels store water for the gardening by retaining the heavy rainfall, the barrels prevent soil erosion as well as flooding.
About four feet tall, these barrels have a maximum capacity of fifty gallons. Originally a light shade of clay brown, the aged water butts have transformed into green moss covered cylindrical sculptures. Blending in with the vegetation surrounding them, the barrels become part of the landscape to an unaware passerby.
Running along the lowermost portion of the greenhouse roof, the gutters lead the rainfall to the rain barrels.
12 11 2 A small water bug floats across the placid surface of the water creating serene ringlets of movement.
See, aren't these boring? I had a particularly difficult time with those rain barrels. I thought I could make them interesting, but without having them smashed and disfunctional with some horrific story behind them I couldn't. Maybe I just need to spend more time on them, but I slept on my description for a couple of days. The brook, well that I popped out in 15 minutes so I don't know what to say about that. Thankfully, I've claimed a Vampire's cell for my next room.