October 7th, 2007

iconzicons, Harry

Plants growing place

This is SUCH a little detail and it's mostly due to my awful memory and my inability to find what's on the tip of my tongue that I have to post.
If it's inappropriate I will delete it but this is driving me nuts.

I have a character who is quite well-to-do, and is essentially living in a world apart from our own but is living in what is an old (victorian/regency) English house.
He has a great affinity with plants and I cannot for the life of me think of the word for a room in the house for keeping tropical plants.
It's something like greenhouse, conservatory or hothouse but I don't know the correct word that would be used by a lover of plants and I'd like to get the terminology right. I know they all mean roughly the same thing but I don't know which a well-to-do very well informed botanist would use.

This is driving me around the bend, anybody could help would be loved forever.
Thanks!


P.S I just remembered (or THINK I do) that Hugo Horton mentions it in The Vicar of Dibley saying that David used some money given to the council to build "that jolly nice [blank]" for their house and I'm almost sure it's the word I'm looking for.
If you don't know the show, ignore that, but it might help somebody help me.

Instruments for travelling bards

I admit knowing absolutely nothing about music and instrument, but I still have two bards as minor characters in my fantasy story. I want to make sure to not make any huge mistakes anyway. What kind of instruments would be reasonable for bards who travel a lot? Preferably something that isn’t too affected by bad weather and can take at least a little manhandling.

BitYES

Midwest Visibility

Okay, this may not be as much of a little detail as a big detail, but here goes.

I want to place a structure roughly 5,600 feet tall in central Iowa. I just need to figure out or find a resource that will help my find the potential visibility of this structure, how far it or portions of it can be seen. I'd also like to compute its visibility for a height of roughly 15,000 feet.

-JD