Moominland Midwinter

We have now been snowed in for a whole week, and the garden looks amazingly like Tove Jansson’s drawings for Moominland Midwinter. We have accordingly entered upon a Ten Point Moominification Plan.
1. Hibernate
2. Acquire a Porcelain Stove
3. Eat more pancakes (with raspberry jam)
4. Have August parties that go on after moonrise
5. Drink raspberry juice
6. Hang small coloured lanterns in the trees
7. Go fishing, and smoke the fish
8. Have a glass ball at the end of the garden for seeing things upside-down in
9. Acknowledge the importance of coffee
10. Avoid Grokes

We don’t have a porcelain stove, but otherwise it’s going pretty well. There is a Scottish firm which sells raspberry juice under the rather curious name of Bouvrage, and very nice it is too. We had a green glass witchball in our previous garden, and I don’t know what’s happened to it — if it turns up somewhere perhaps we should reinstate it at the end of the wood, to surprise the deer.

3 Responses to “Moominland Midwinter”

  1. Eleanor Says:

    What are Grokes and would they come in handy for ice fishing?

  2. Jane Says:

    A Groke (see the Moomin books, passim) is a sort of embodied spirit of humourless and passionless negativity and generally, of the principle that since things are as they are nothing can ever go right ever again. In the modern world, for example, financial journalism seems to have been overtaken entirely by Grokes. I’m sure other examples may come to mind.

  3. Eleanor Says:

    Sounds as if they would not be welcome company in the ice fishing shack. They shan’t be invited.

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