The Witch’s Bedtable


* It is no secret that Rosetti had a wombat of course but what I discovered was that there is a good deal more material about Top than seems to have been previously realised or rather no one, except perhaps Angus Trumble, has previously been so addicted to this story and enchanted by the thought of Top as to burrow it out. In the following pages you will not only read about Top’s life with Rossetti but also about life in the shop from which he was carried home by Rossetti’s brother William.

~ Rosetti’s Wombat: Pre-Raphaelites & Australian Animals in Victorian London by John Simons

* Morning & evening
Maids heard the goblin cry: “Come buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come buy:
Apples and quinces,
Lemons and oranges.
Plump unpecked cherries,
Melons and raspberries,
Bloom-down-cheecked peaches,
Swart-headed mulberries,
Wild free-born cranberries
Crab-apples, dewberries,
Pine-apples, blackberries,
Apricots, strawberries; —
All ripe together
In summer weather, —
Morns that pass by,
Fair eves that fly;
Come buy, come buy.

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

* Alma Whittaker, born with the century, slid into our world on the fifth of January, 1800.

Swiftly — nearly immediately — opinions began to form around her.

~ The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

* Garlic.

Almost every meal at my home is cooked with a touch of garlic, whether it’s Italian pasta sauce, French vinaigrette, Thai noodles, a Chinese stir-fry, or a Turkish bean dip. It’s always there. In fact, garlic has always been there. One of the oldest cultivated plants, garlic has been treasured for the flavorful punch it adds to food and for its many medicinal and therapeutic qualities. Considered a peasant food since antiquity, this strong-smelling member of the genus Allium still has detractors, but [good] recipes will change your minds.

Organic Gardening

Picture found here.

2 responses to “The Witch’s Bedtable

  1. Another garlic lover hereabouts! Can you imagine going to the Garlic Festival in Gilroy CA.! How wonderful! One of my dream trips! 🙂

    Just adore roasted garlic spread on good toasted bread (with chopped tomatoes and fresh basil, of course!)

    Garlic (and ginger and fresh parsley) should be added to chicken soup too! 🙂

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