Just Before The Frost Came

The Children’s Garden of Earthly Delight just before the October Full Moon

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Right before the hard frost arrived and most of the leaves fell…

 

 

 

A Home Place Fairy Tale

NINA ENCHANTED

Nina enchanted (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Nina was in a predicament, she did not know what to do. All the other fairies were leaving the forest and heading as they always did towards the bright sunlight of their well tended gardens.

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As much as I enjoy tending these beautiful gardens day after day, I would like one morning where things were, well, different”, thought Nina. When suddenly one little fairy departed from the group and veered left instead of right, heading down a path Nina had not noticed before. Far in the distance a tiny beacon glowed. Nina could not decide what to do, as she had always followed the rest of the troop, never once had she ventured off alone. Suddenly very curious, Nina wondered how different her day might be if she too were to travel down this new path instead.

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After much contemplation Nina adventurously set out alone. Instead of turning right like the fairies have always done, she turned left, stepping onto a path much less traveled. Nina walked for what seemed like a very long time, going deeper into the forest, further than she had ever gone before. The trees seemed much taller here and it was darker; less sunlight and lots of toadstools, but Nina was not scared. After a while she found herself in a small clearing, the fairy she had been following was nowhere to be seen. Surrounding her were common woodland ferns and mosses, lichen and assorted mushrooms all muted in pale greens and grays; lots of shadowy places, not the brilliant colors of the gardens she generally tended. “Why this is not so special”, she thought, wishing she had taken the path to the gardens instead. Disappointed, she turned back toward where she had come from, when she noticed a tiny flickering orb of light.

Nina enchanted (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nina gazed at the bright little orb in wonder and the little light politely asked that she step closer, and so she did.

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The little orb said, “Look deeper Nina, not a me, but at what lays before you.” And so Nina did look around herself into what she had thought was just an ordinary wooded glen.

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And what she saw was very beautiful. While Nina had thought she was surrounded by common woodland ferns and mosses, upon closer inspection she discovered that they weren’t so common after all. They were extraordinary and tucked in among them were hundreds of tiny flowers of a soft blue hue, the likes of which Nina had never seen before. These flowers whispered softly to her,”Please take us with you so we may cast our seeds far and wide.”

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Nina gathered these little blue flowers together, wrapping them with tender ferns and soft spongy mosses. As she did this the little flowers began to shimmer with happiness and the dark woodland glen became illuminated with a soft golden glow, a radiant light, created by the joy of flowers who have waited so long to be seen.

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Nina hurried back to the garden of sunlight, eager to share her adventure with the fairy folk and as she left that secret hidden woodland glen, the little blue flowers whispered “forget me not, forget me not”.

 

Live Your Own Great Story

Live your own great story.

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The possibilities …

Blue Fairy Hill

 

 

 

Are…

Little Blue Fairy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Endless…

No Place Like Home bella

 

 

 

 

Magical Hills

The hills here in Maine are filled with all kinds of Magic.

Fairy Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All one has to do is look … fairy folk everywhere!

 

 

Apples to Harvest

October is apple season in Maine.

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It is when the Fairy Kingdom and mankind merge together working side by side to harvest nature’s bounty.

The Wizard acknowledges the fairies proper dusting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humans unlike Fairy Folk cannot always see what lays directly before them, so although fairy folk work along side us they most often remain invisible to the average mortal’s eye.

Fairies and Gnomes and even the tall elegant Wizard can wander about undetected while sweetening and gathering apples at our farm.

It is usually children who catch a glimpse of them and of course the Wildlings.

On rare occasions an adult will come along who has not lost their magic of believing and for them the The Kingdom of Childhood, the gateway  to The Fairy Realm remains wide open.

It is these few individuals who will see the fairies who live and work by our side.

Gnomes Harvesting apples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gnomes collect tender apples sweetened by fairy dust which glimmer and glow.

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The Wizard samples the first apple picked this season for flavor, nodding his approval.

The Fairies have sprinkled the proper amount of fairy dust for taste and sweetness.

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After gathering  apples the Gnomes consult with The Wizard of Time regarding the weather.

This Wizard is very wise and he watches over all of the Fairy Kingdom.

He reassures the Gnomes that all will be well as they slumber through the winter months in their cozy chambers.

The Wizard knows that time moves forward and that faith is as important as the air we breathe.

a Harvest of apples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our family has harvested their apples we gather bushel basket fulls into the greenhouse where we will sort them for eating and pressing into cider.

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Home Place Fairies wheel apples to their home within the heart of an ancient tree.

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Trolls and Gnomes with the help of Fairy Dogs will carry baskets and sacks filled with apples to secret root cellars hidden on the Knoll.

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This evening we humans will savor the fragrance of apples baking. Tomorrow we will bring them to The Magician and His Lady of The Orchards for pressing into cider.

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Just before departing into the Enchanted Forest the Fairies peek into our greenhouse filled with a bounty they helped bring to fruition, while a little girl in red boots dances a jig on the table.

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When the sun sets all Fairies, Trolls and Gnomes have retired to their chambers and we to our cozy home by a fire; the Wizard to his tower on the hill.

This is the hour when nocturnal Wildlings awaken, returning to the orchard, meadow and gardens, where they will feast upon dropped apples, late peaches and pears.

 

A bit of Home Place Fairy Lore:

Did you know that each of the Gnomes from the Knoll has their very own Fairy Dog? Well, they do.These tiny dogs are loyal companions and like most fairy folk they have the power to shape shift and increase in size. They also posses the power of partial invisibility, meaning they can make their wings invisible and appear as any average mortal dog.

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Gnomes are playful folk and Fairy Dogs are too. But don’t be fooled, what looks like play is also about getting the job done. Gnomes are responsible for making sure each and every piece of fruit has been properly dusted by the Fairies for taste and painted by the Pixies for color. Then with the help of large invisible Trolls, Gnomes have the task of gathering enough fruits for distribution to the entire Fairy Realm.

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Fairy dogs love to run and flutter following Gnomes; in the process they prevent any magical dust from settling on the ground.

The Fairies to the Meadow Arrive at Dusk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone’s Got a Fairyland

 

 

On the north side of a small mountain not far from the sea sits a fine little farmhouse as happy as can be.

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Sunflowers

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surrounded by meadows of hay, orchards of fruit, gardens of flowers, vegetables and herbs.

Old Horse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Horse is Guardian of the Home Place Fairy Folk who reside in the Enchanted Forest that borders this farm.

Darling Fairy Fine Fox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Foxy Friend and Fairy Companion, Caspian rests at the edge of the Enchanted Forrest as he contemplates the events of his day.

End of Summer Fairy Dust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Lee checks that the greenhouse has been properly dusted with just the right amount of fairy dust as day begins to slip into dusk.

Fairy Greenhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overnight Toadstool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She double checks that all of the Toadstolls have been sprinkled with precisely the correct amount of magical dust in preparation for the Cricket Band who will perform their symphony while standing upon them beginning at dawn.

Maine Selkies in the Sea and Home Place Fairies in a Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The very first evening of each October, right at dusk the Fairies will venture from the hills where the little farmhouse rests and fly to the shore where they will sing goodbye for the season to their Selkie cousins who spend their winters further out at sea.

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Later the the fairies will return to the meadow here at the farm and dance in the twilight of autumns cooling moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apples, Pears, Peaches

It’s Autumn harvest time at the farm.

Apples…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pears…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and late fall peaches…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Fairy Folk we harvest our fruits to bake, freeze and store for the winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Fairy Fine Day

Just another fairy fine day in the Enchanted Forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic happens everywhere, all one has to do, is look.

 

 

 

Twilight

The Magic of twilight in the Children’s Garden of Earthly Delight.

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It’s all just a whisper and a wish away…

 

 

Wood Nymphs and Bunnies

 

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As Autumn begins to wane Fairy Folk are busy preparing for winter.

Magic of Blue Fairy Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blueberry barrens on top of Blue Fairy Hill twinkle with fairy dust encouraging plants to surrender their leaves of scarlet and gold.

Wood Nymph Gathers the Bunnies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile deep within the enchanted forest a Wood Nymph gathers together all of the bunnies.

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Wood Nymphs have a natural affinity for the gentlest and most defenseless beings who inhabit the forest.

Wood Nymph and Bunnies 2016 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singing chants only Wood Nymphs know, they cast powerful spells transforming bunny brown summer fur into a safer winter white.

Wood Nymph Gathers the Bunnies (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Nymphs are as gentle as they are efficient and each bunny once enchanted is returned to his or her own burrow with care.

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Late in Autumn as dusk falls the veil that separates our mortal world from the Fairy Realm blurs for a bit…and if you look carefully, listening with your heart as well as your ears.., you just might…

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hear the lovely song of a Wood Nymph as she sings to bunnies turning soft brown summer fur into protective winter white.

 

 

 

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