Tatjana & Julie Anne Rhodes letting their inner witch out
Ever since I first watched Samantha twitch her nose on Bewitched I have been fascinated with witches. I loved the naughty but cool cousin Sabrina, roared with laughter over the meddling mother-in-law Endora, and adored bumbling Aunt Clara. I would secretly assign their characters to members of my own family for a giggle. I got caught (on more than one occasion) pilfering through my mothers lingerie drawer to dress up for the witches council, and hours were spent reciting various spells in a vain attempt at turning my pet poodle into a pony that I could ride…. well, one could wish! Didn’t all 6 year olds want to turn their annoying little sister into a toad, or freeze an adult who was about to scold her?
Samantha making magic in the kitchen
Maybe it is Samantha’s fault I ended up in the kitchen? Lord knows, whenever I board a long-haul flight, I wish I could snap my fingers and be there already! Even the first piece of art I bought was a witch… Andy Warhol’s Wicked Witch. That’s why my friend Karla handed me the perfect birthday card this year right on the stroke of midnight no less.
My birthday card this year
Be sure to have some wicked fun with your little witches this halloween. Be safe, and don’t fly anywhere on that broomstick that I wouldn’t go!
Conjuring up some trouble together, Tatjana & friend
I’ll leave you with a recipe from Lucy Dahl’s article for The Times Roald Dahl’s glumptious recipes for children describing life with her extraordinary father, the author of James & The Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr. Fox (coming soon to a theater near you).
Roald Dahl’s Witches Potion
Roald Dahl’s glumptious recipes for children
“When I was young, at bedtime, my father would pace around our small bedroom, sipping whisky and telling my sister Ophelia and me stories about the Big Friendly Giant that lived under a tree in our orchard. We sat riveted in our beds, while drinking a delicious “witch’s potion” that he had made for us (a “secret” recipe handed down from his grandmother, a concoction of milk with a can of either peaches or pears, whizzed up in a blender with a few drops of food colouring).”