Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Sweet porridge

The brothers Grimm - KHM 103

There was a poor but good little girl who lived alone with her mother, and they no longer had anything to eat. So the child went into the forest, and there an aged woman met her who was aware of her sorrow, and presented her with a little pot, which when she said, "Cook, little pot, cook," would cook good, sweet porridge, and when she said, "Stop, little pot," it ceased to cook. The girl took the pot home to her mother, and now they were freed from their poverty and hunger, and ate sweet porridge as often as they chose. Once on a time when the girl had gone out, her mother said, "Cook, little pot, cook." And it did cook and she ate till she was satisfied, and then she wanted the pot to stop cooking, but did not know the word. So it went on cooking and the porridge rose over the edge, and still it cooked on until the kitchen and whole house were full, and then the next house, and then the whole street, just as if it wanted to satisfy the hunger of the whole world, and there was the greatest distress, but no one knew how to stop it. At last when only one single house remained, the child came home and just said, "Stop, little pot," and it stopped and gave up cooking, and whosoever wished to return to the town had to eat his way back.


Sweet porridge is our story for this week. We read it just after snacks before the twins naptime. We finally found some tealights and now have a storytime candle. Still looking for a verse I like nothing seems to do it for me so far. We picked up some oats today as I didn't realise before that the last bag was fed to the chooks (they are more spoiled than the cats...)

It is still really cold here, I have to put fresh water out every 3 hours or its all frozen up again. I love it in a strange way it really feels like winter not just an extension of a very wet autumn.
The kids don't mind since they are dressed well and in many layers. It is rather odd how many people you briefly meet that are shivering in their half open coats, not a scarf or gloves in sight and are complaining its cold.

This did put my gardening plans of over the holidays as I was planning to more the blackberry bushes from the back of the garden to the front.
Once it warms up enough for me to be able to get to the compost squish and I will start wintersowing. I've never wintersown before so I have no idea how things will work out but its worth a go.

Duty calls :)

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