Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday Trauma: Miz Winifred



Very poisonous
When mysterious plants invaded Miz Winifred’s weed-infested garden, she was overjoyed and relieved. “Finally!  What took you so long?!”  Soon tall stems were loaded with round deep purple berries. Winifred hurried to pick them, a basket over her arm.

As she plucked the berries, the townspeople clustered at her corroded gate, clamped tightly with a rusted lock.

It's not difficult to make freezer jelly from either grapes or grape juice.
Grape jelly, maybe
They were brimming with unease, baffled by the plants with the inviting berries and Old Miz Winifred.  A premonition of graven events coming soon shivered through them, and all scurried to the safety of home and hearth.

On a cast iron oven, a black cauldron bubbled with toxic herbs, spider pieces, rats’ tails, and black wine, to which Miz Winifred added the dark purple belladonna berries.  

Soon the mixture was cooling in the glass jelly jars, tightly sealed.

Splendid!” She cackled, packing jars in her basket and climbed onto her broom, launching off into midnight sky.  Almost missed our Annual Witch and Wizard Meeting! They so love my jelly!

Many thanks to Delores at "Under the Porch Light" for providing two lists of 6 each in Thursday Trauma.  Delores is a delightful blogger who has quite an imagination!  Please pop over to her site, and if you wish, leave your own take in her comment section OR at your own site. 

Enjoy your own "Hallowed Eve"!





26 comments:

  1. She's a little dickens isn't she? Belldonna jelly...yum.

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    1. Oh well...it was a special occasion and all.

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  2. No wonder they love that jelly lol

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  3. There was a belladonna plant on the farm when we moved in. Enticing. It was out within moments. Grandma had been a pharmacist in the early 1900s.

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  4. You are a genius with the prompts. Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thanks, Inger! We always keep track of the different costumes to see which is popular and how many kids come through. Will let you know the count.

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  5. This was such a fun read. I thought sure Winifred was going to do something evil with the jelly. How fun to have her jetting off to a party. :)

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    1. Every magical witch and wizard needs to have a special jelly for the holidays.

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  6. I hope she has a wonderful time at the party - and feel sure she will and that her 'hostess gifts' will be suitably appreciated.

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    1. Oh, the others will appreciate the hostess type gifts. These are Winifred's specialty.

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  7. Well crafted.

    Happy Halloween.

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  8. Avoid the witch with the belladonna jelly...

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    1. By now, her reputation has been gelled as a wicked witch.

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  9. I really enjoyed that. Happy Halloween!

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  10. Lovely tale, off to my broom and a tour around the village!
    Happy Halloween!

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  11. Great story and I love those jam jars, they're so pretty.

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    1. Home made jam is the absolute best. Good memories with my mother.

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  12. Good thing her neighbors avoided the sticky situation.

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  13. Fun to read~ I love the enchantment and wonder brewing in this fruit binding spell~
    The seal is cast-it was grape. I mean great ;D

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    1. The photo was grape jelly made from real grapes or grape juice. Sounds good to me. Glad you enjoyed the enchantment.

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  14. What a great Halloween story. I always liked the Adams family and
    I recently saw an old movie on TV. There were some good lines in their
    shows. She (can't think of her name) was on a rack, being tortured by
    villains. (They always liked pain, of course) She smiled at her torcheres and
    said, "You've done this before, haven't you?"

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    1. Hilarious! If you remember the movie, let me know. My type of movie.

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