The witch is a bent old woman …. leaning on a stick who lives in a thatched cottage of tarred black wood standing in a small potato patch, and is down a green lane. The wooden fence is broken down and one window is broken. Titty remembers her mother’s story of the Obeah Woman about a "native witch (with) wrinkles deep as ditches on her brown face" (SW14).
The Witches Quay is an old unused wooden quay with a storehouse on it. The Swallows and Amazons follow a line of eels drawn by Don in the sand to the cottage. The witch taps on the window and comes out, leaning on a stick. She whispers and coughs Looking for young Don? .... Lost my voice I have. He've put his bag in the shed .... New friends for him. Not seen you before. She points to a lean-to shed. She does not reply when John asks if they can go to the shed, and goes inside the cottage. So John leads the way to the shed and finds a sack with the mouth roped up and a message from Don signed with a wriggling eel (SW14).