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  • Carlotta Burana is named after my housemate's favourite opera, Carmina Burana.

    You know the one. It's very dramatic.

    Carlotta the cat peers between the lilies with intense yellow eyes. She came to live at the House of Spices by her own will. Before our house, she lived a few streets away. Six months before her elderly human companion passed away, she jumped ship.

    I found the flowers in a bin full of my neighbour's garden cuttings. They were far too beautiful to spend their last moments in a bin, so I plucked them out while dubious faces observed my actions.

    The flower that symbolises wealth and prosperity ends up in the bin. A lucky black cat is renamed after a piece of music inspired by a collection of 13th century poems about the fickleness of fortune and wealth. It seems appropriate to present my dumpster-diving bouquet to La Carlotta, queen of the kitchen bench.
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