He was so tired that he flopped down upon the nice soft sand on the floor of the rabbit-hole, and shut his eyes. His mother was busy cooking; she wondered what he had done with his clothes. It was the second little jacket and pair of shoes that Peter had lost in a fortnight!
I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening.
His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter!
“One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time.”
– Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
I think one the best things about reading is how your imagination can extend the world that’s been described. Where the author has described a scene, the mind continues to paint the room based on the what the character is like. You can imagine Mrs. Rabbit with her clean practical cotton blue dress, her little shawl wrapped around her shoulders, and a crisp white apron, that often get her little bunnies paws on, muddy from playing around in the undergrowth of the fresh forest in spring. You see the details, some described, some not. The herbs hanging from the ceiling above her country wooden table. The little white wicker sewing basket near the hearth, where, in the evenings she mends Peter’s torn jackets from his adventures. I also imagine her keeping a small little set of fine bone china teacups and saucers for when friends come to visit. Maybe they’re like these light pink and white set with fine gold detailing.
To make this light chamomile and apple juice cooler, is easy.
- 2 chamomile teabags
- 2 cups boiling water
- 3 cups apple juice
- In a container slightly larger than a litre, seep two chamomile teabags in two cups boiling water for ten minutes. Pour in three cups of apple juice, and place in the fridge for several hours to chill before serving.
Updated April 9th 2013: Found the recipe link! http://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/cool-down-iced-drinks-chamomile-apple-cooler.aspx