Acorns as fairy goblets, of course.  But what is this ‘moss cup’ that Dorothy Wordsworth considers a better goblet for a fairy?  The world wide web yields only images of porcelain cups with moss in them, or moss shaped in a cup and saucer form, but nothing that would become a fairy’s tea table.  I will report back when I have solved this mystery.  Or let me know if this happens to be part of your boundless knowledge of nature.  And fairies.

‘Moss cups more proper than acorns for fairy goblets.’  21st January 1798

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Source: Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, ed. and introduction by Pamela Woof (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2008 (2002)), p. 141

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