The school summer holiday is three-quarter way through. A month and a half have passed by in the blink of an eye.
So far, my 5th grade son had kept himself busy with the summer sports class at the nearby University Sports Centre. He enjoyed a whole range of diversified activities – swimming, table tennis, tennis, football, handball, volleyball and free dancing (yes, really!). But that’s only for two weeks! Then we were away for a week and a half to our (almost) annual ‘retreat’ to the South of France. Now it was back to the doldrums for him, but… hey… not quite, because I ordered the holiday exercise books – “Moving on to the 6th Grade + 3, 2, 1 ….GO!” (‘Vakantieoefenboek – Naar het 6e leerjaar + Trois, deux, un….PARTEZ!”) – prior to the start of the school summer break. How he hated me for that! LOL!
“Mam Upsilon, you’re a witch” said my boy jokingly.
Aha! Let’s see who’s the real witch here, my boy?
The Witch Hunt
One of the holiday exercise books really caught my eye – a math exercise book. Hmmm….some of the names looked familiar 😀
The exercise book is in the Dutch language, and here’s the translation for those who want to join me in the Witch Hunt 😉
Translated version: –
“In the Middle Ages, if someone was accused of witchcraft, she would sometimes be subjected to a weighing test. The one who weighed more than 50 kg was lucky because she could not be a witch. She would, indeed, be too heavy to fly around on a broom! Do you know which of these three was NOT a real witch? Now do the math…”
Boy, am I glad I’m not a witch. I would definitely fall flat on the ground even before taking off on the broomstick. LOL!
So was it Esmeralda?
While you’re busy calculating, here’s what the real witch made to double the fun!
You need the following ingredients to make a powerhouse of a concoction!Preserved pig’s flesh Tears of a Maharani Broken bulbs Orange candle wax Rooster and its testicles Blood clots Dried starfish Needles and pins Witches’ herb Cats’ ears Thumb tacks Sticky blood Double leaf Rain water
Oh by the way, have you nailed down the hag? It could be one, two or all three of them.
So was it Esmeralda? Or Imelda? Or Gonda? Or…?
Meanwhile, in another kitchen, the good witch made the most lekker broth with the following ingredients –Bacon Onions Garlic Carrots Potatoes and chicken meat balls Tomatoes Star Anise Birds’ eye chilies Coriander leaves Orecchiette pasta Cloves Tomato paste Kaffir lime leaves Water
Did I not say it was YUMMY? Mmmmmm…..The good witch did a great job and the 5th grader was on cloud nine!
Are you seeing double?
Only the crafty witch will figure this out!!
“Have fun cracking”, cackled the witches in unison…