“The attic was a lovely place to play. The large, round, colored pumpkins made beautiful chairs and tables. The red peppers and the onions dangled overhead. The hams and the venison hung in their paper wrappings, and all the bunches of dried herbs, the spicy herbs for cooking and the bitter herbs for medicine, gave the place a dusty, spicy smell.”—Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, pg. 20.
(Image from Little House in the Big Woods, HarperTrophy, 1981)
I’ve always loved this illustration from Little House in the Big Woods. As I was pruning back my unruly oregano this weekend, that image popped into my head. Having planned to just toss most of the oregano, I thought, “Why not give it a try?” And so, now we have this: