Tiny Wonders

The temperatures are cooling down and the first snowflakes are perhaps just hours away on the north side of this small mountain in Maine,

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During the shorter darker days of November there can be a temptation to dream of warmer hours in the garden with fairy folk.

 

Friendship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though truly whatever season, the natural world is simply wonderful.

November Tales (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreaming

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Late Autumn, November to be exact, the time of year the Home Place Fairy Folk have been waiting for.

All their seasonal chores are completed; their food lockers have been filled to capacity with delectable delights they will consume right up until Christmas at which time they will lazily drift off into a deep and dream filled slumber not to awaken until spring.

 

photo credit E.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gentler days of November are their one last chance to sing and dance outdoors before the harsher winds blow and the snow flies.

 

Dreaming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look what the Fairies left!

 

 

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.

Autumn in Maine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Toadstools 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.

The Fairies to the Meadow Arrive at Dusk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Home Place Fairy Tale

Nina Enchanted

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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.

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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”.

 

Flying

What if I fall?

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Oh, but my Darling…

Jenna Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if you fly?

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Quote by Erin Hanson

 

 

Dreams

The thing about dreams is

Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They color your life with hope and possibilities.

Live your own Great Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams are transformative, offering comfort, and encouragement.

Little Wonders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be a wanderer…

a wonderer… a curious seeker of truth,

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a courageous spirit

who is endlessly inspired.

Little fairy with her red boots on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Folk, Fairy Folk

Fairy Folk are clever and spry.

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They are ageless, helpful, resourceful and can be mischievous too.

Fairy Folk have been around since the beginnings of Time.

Summer is when they reign in all their glory.

Midnight Fae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So take note some full moon summer’s eve, perhaps what you perceive as some tiny little firefly is actually a wee small fairy out dancing in the moonlight.

Full Moon Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Place Fairies Pixie Pesto Hearts

In late August when cooler days arrive at our farm the lovely green wide leaved annual herb Basil tastes especially fine and we traditionally make pesto to freeze for the winter months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

plant our Basil in mid to late April from seed in my greenhouse and transplant the seedlings come late May into raised beds nestled up to colorful Cosmos Flowers; dry seeding Hollyhocks and lettuce. We like harvesting basil to use in salads, tomato dishes, soups, stews and stir fries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing to make some fresh Home Place Fairies Pixie Pesto a granddaughter removes Basil leaves from their stems and sets them aside. Then we begin gathering together our ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Place Fairies Pixie Pesto

Ingredients:

  1. 4 cups packed full of fresh Basil Leaves, rinsed if needed, and stems removed.
  2. 4-5 cloves of Fresh Garlic
  3. 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
  4. 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
  5. 3/4 – 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  6. 1/2 cup extra virgin Olive Oil
  7. Salt a wee bit to taste (and maybe Pepper)
  8. Optional you could apply a small squeeze of Fresh Lemon, just a tiny nip!
  9. Many folks add a tablespoon of melted butter, I generally don’t but you can

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor or a blender. (I use a food processor) and blend on low speed, then medium, then high. Sometimes the basil leaves bunch up in which case, turn off your machine and rearrange the ingredients with a wooden spoon so blade will move more effectively. Blend until everything turns into a smooth paste. Presto! That’s it! That’s your pesto!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many delicious ways to serve Pesto. You can simply smear your Pesto on crackers or toast and top with freshly harvested cherry tomato slices. Try topping this with sprinkles of goat cheese and pinched tiny basil leaves and florets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can serve Pixie Pesto over cooked pasta, smear on roast chicken, fish or chops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pixie Pesto can be frozen for a late winter treat. I like to freeze my basil in little heart ice cube trays, or heart shaped baking sheets, or simple ice cube trays will do. Just smear Pixie Pesto into your tray, place in freezer uncovered and wait until frozen then remove and place in freezer proof ziploc bags, return to freezer for later use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We might toss 6-8 (or more or less) frozen or thawing hearts onto a dish of hot pasta depending upon how much Pixie Pesto we are craving.

Yum!

 

 

Fairy Fun

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By August the Home Place Fairies and I have been faithfully tending the gardens here at the farm since early spring. Late summer days in Maine can be hot and heavy and traditionally it is a time when I pause from my daily gardening chores to sit or wander soaking in the loveliness and bounty all around me. The fairies are playful little sprites who always find time to play and be merry.

Being fair little beings their fairy skin is tender to the bright sunlight of an August summer day so they tend to the gardens now only at dawns early light or just before the sun sets and a soft gentle chill sets in.

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By mid day most of the fairy folk head for the enchanted forest and bask in the shade. Those few who venture out to the gardens take parasols creating their own protective shade.

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Delphinia and La Rosa soar through the kiwi arbor as Nightingale approaches  suggesting they return to the forest to wait until the sun sets lower on the horizon.

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A breeze picks up and Nightingale joins the other fairies frolicking beneath the shade of the kiwi arbor heavy with fruit. She  cheerfully sprinkles fairy dust everywhere she goes.

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Delphinia is next as she glides to a landing.

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Last is La Rosa with her wand all a glimmer.

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“To the enchanted forest and the shade”,  she says. And so the fairies head to the forest and I am left alone in my garden with visions of fairy folk in my head.

 

 

Tiny Wonders of August

August is the hottest of months in Maine and tiny wonders abound this time of year.

Tiny August wonders (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late in the afternoon as the sun reaches her rise, little fairy feet retreat from the gardens and greenhouse entering into the Enchanted Woodland for the cool comfort of shade.

 

Walk 3 times making a Fairy Wish Woodland

 

 

 

 

 

 

The smallest of the small are carried as Fairies march through the woodland to hidden chambers; resting during the hottest hours of each day.

1 Harvest time is here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairies work long hours from twilight to dawn ripening the harvest which will be gathered by mortals during the day.

2 Vegtables ripen in greenhouse amid fairy dusting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy sweetened tomatoes, ripen in the greenhouse. Yum.

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Taking one last look around to see that all is as it should be,the last of the home Place Fairies flee for the day.

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But do not worry they will be back again at twilight to work and play.

 

 

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