Just Before the Rain Came

Home Place Fairies were busy dusting the gardens in front of my little farmhouse this morning rushing to get all their chores done before the weather changed.

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As Fairies dusted, I planted vegetable and flower seedlings knowing the welcome rains would help to settle the little plantings in.

Home Place Fairies are magical beings so naturally they had their chores done in a flash while it took me rather a long while to complete my tasks.

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Meanwhile the Fairies met a little girl wandering about in the gardens, they complimented her on the clothing she wore, which matched the lilacs in bloom. The child was very polite and she curtsied as she thanked them. Being Fairies they absolutely adore polite children and so asked her to dance, which she did!

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Yes, I got soaked; the rain fell just as I finished planting the last seedling.

I looked about for the little girl and Fairy Folk but they were no where to be seen.

Eagle of Hope

 

Bald Eagle whose latin name Haleaectus leucocphalus means "white headed sea eagle".

Bald Eagle whose Latin name Haliaeetus leucoephalus means “white headed sea eagle”.

Totem:  A natural object or animal believed to have great power and spiritual significance, often used as a symbol. Eagle as Totem: Acknowledged by Native Americans in their Medicine Wheel as a Spirit Keeper, a power animal who represents the East where the sun rises.They believe eagle is a visionary who brings the ability to stay focused and that those graced with meeting an eagle are said to receive the gifts of clarity, insight, wisdom and new beginnings. Eagle has keen vision, possessing a strong connection between earth and sky.

On the first day of June this handsome Bald Eagle swooped down upon two family members, a father and daughter as they stood in their dooryard. Startled they called to older sister and mother to come see this magnificent bird who after breezing past them calmly perched in a maple tree not far from where they stood. A short while later the Wizard and I arrived to find the two children sitting very still on a wood pile beneath this tree, their parents standing beside them, looking up in awe. The children frantically pointed upwards, too excited to speak. There calmly sat a proud Bald Eagle, unperturbed by our gathering. As we watched he quietly left his perch, swooped down low before us, then gracefully soared skyward, far above to the places all hopes and dreams go .

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Bald Eagles are birds of prey also called raptors. They have excellent eyesight and can see for up to a mile. These birds have large hooked beaks and sharp talons on the ends of their toes designed for catching, holding and lifting prey as well as for defense. Their voices are high pitched and shrill, often described as twittering. Diet consists primarily of fish and small mammals, including dead and decaying ones. Bald Eagles fly up to 30 miles per hour and can dive at speeds close to 100 mph. With an average body length of 37 inches and weighing 10 to 14 pounds the females are slightly larger than the males and can have a 7 foot plus wingspan.

Bald Eagles live near coastal waterways, lakes and rivers as fish make up 60 to 90 percent of their diet. They mate for life, building nests together high in the tops of large trees. Nests can measure 10 feet across and may take over 2 weeks to build. Eagles are territorial and a mated pair may return to the same nest for several years. Females lay 1 to 3 eggs in early spring, usually 2, which incubate for 35 days and hatch in late May or early June here in Maine. Both male and females sit on the eggs and raise their young eaglets together until the juvenile eagles leave the nest after about 13 weeks. Young Bald Eagles are mottled brownish and white in color and it takes 5 years for their head and tail feathers to turn white. Mature eagles are dark brown with a pure white head and tail feathers. Bald Eagles are found throughout the continent of North America with the largest populations found in the Pacific Northwest. They migrate in winter to places where the water does not freeze over so they can continue to catch fish their favorite food source.

On June 20, 1782 the Bald Eagle became the official emblem of the United States, a living symbol representing our nations freedom and strength. Bald Eagles have been a protected species since 1940 and it is against the law for humans to hunt or capture them. These majestic eagles can live up to 35 years.

 

Springtime Greenery

 

Spring greenery has begun, flowers have begun to blossom and fairies take delight.

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

 

 

 

Morning Has Broken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairies arrive at day break, sprinkling fairy dust all over and across the gardens. Every plant sparkles and the early morning air is thick with the sweet fragrance of Lilacs and the lovely Dame’s Rocket Phlox.

 

 

What if I Fall?

“What if I fall?”

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“Oh, but my darling,”

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“What if you fly?”

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So much magic and wonder surrounds us.

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The inhabitants of the Fairy Kingdom teach us about hope, and the magic of possibility.

Traveler and the Handpan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About marching to your own drum no matter how different from those around you.

The world is full of wonder and the possibilities are endless.

 

Some Fairy Fun Facts;

Erin Hansen is an Australian Poet. When she was 18 years old she wrote this lovely poem which resonated around the world far and wide. Erin began writing seriously around age 11 and started a blog in 2011.

There is freedom waiting for you,

On the breezes of the sky,

And you ask “What if I fall?”

Oh, but my darling,

What if you fly?

Thank you Erin for telling your own story out loud.

 

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Scenes from the Garden.

Lilacs, Alliums and Sweet Dames Rocket line the walkway.

Lilacs, Allium Sensation and Sweet Dames Rocket line the walkway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardens are mysterious places where magic really does happen. As I walked through my garden this morning these are some of the plants and wild-lings I happened to encounter.

Eastern Tiger Swallotail (Pterourus glaucus)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The garden provides food for butterflies like this beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail sipping nectar from a common white lilac blossom.

Children's Garden June 10 2014

Children’s Garden June 10 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Children’s Garden is full of surprises, like this new sculpture that found it’s way here.

That's Pocahontas Lilac on the left, common purple on the right.

Pocahontas Lilac on the left, common purple on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lilac on the left is called Pocahontas, she is very fragrant and bees, moths and hummingbirds favor the nectar from her flowers.

Guardian of the Garden

Guardian of the Garden 

 

A tribute to the fairies, this garden angel watches over both children and Fae. Did you know Fae is another name for Fairy and can be spelled either Fae or Fay? Some other names are Little People, Good Folk, Flutter-by, Wee Folk, The Hidden People and Faerie. At my farm the Home Place Fairies hold court. They are garden and house fairies native to the state of Maine, they help tend gardens, are fond of children and pets and live inside large old trees.

 

Honey Bees in Peony

Honey Bees in Peony Flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Toad (Bufo americanus)

American Toad (Bufo americanus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toads are companions of the fairy folk, they like to snap up insects ,earthworms and slugs with their long sticky tongues. This little girl toad is named Brunhilde, she is only about an inch long.

Outside the greenhouse door.

Foxglove purpurea Apricot Beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairies love foxglove flowers. These beautiful apricot foxgloves are growing beside the entrance to my greenhouse door. The fairies like to wear hats made from these cap like flowers!

In the Glass Greenhouse working with the fairies.

In the Glass Greenhouse working with the fairies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is a busy time in the greenhouse, yesterday I finally planted most of my seedlings into the garden. Whew!

Rosemary resides in the Pit greenhouse.

Rosemary resides in the Pit Greenhouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large rosemary plants live year round in my under ground greenhouse, called a pit-house it is insulated by the earth on three sides, sunlight warms from above. These Rosemary have become large and quite heavy over the 25 plus years I have housed them. Too heavy to transport outdoors each spring, as I have not grown younger. This week I will take cuttings and root them for fresh new growth plants.

Baby Catbirds in nest outside my window.

Baby Catbirds (Dumetella carolinenis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catbirds are curious birds and somewhat annoying. Their name comes from their catlike call. They are mimics and imitate other songbirds as well as tree frogs and mechanical sounds! They make nests in coniferous shrubbery, like this one outside my bedroom window. They are fierce parents and will swoop down without hesitation on who or whatever goes near their nest. They allowed me to photograph this nest only because I am such good friends with the fairies.

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A small ground bird nest in my wild garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you spot this little ground bird nest I found while edging the perimeter of my wild garden, I am not sure what type of bird is making it.

Humming Bird Moth (Hermus thysbe)

Humming Bird Moth (Hermus thysbe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This glorious little creature is called a Hummingbird Moth and in my garden they are plentiful. A close friend of the fairy folk you can be certain fairies are nearby when you spot one of these little fellows.Their name comes from the fact that they look a lot like hummingbirds and are often mistaken for them. Unlike other moths they are not nocturnal, preferring the bright light of day to the darkness of night. They have olive green bodies banded with red stripes and  little tufts of hair on the ends of their tails which resemble feathers. They arrive here at the farm as soon as the Lilacs, Dames Rocket and Dragons wort begin to blossom, sipping nectar through long tongues they roll up under their chins.

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Hummingbird Moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Robin (Turdus migratorious)

Common Robin (Turdus migratorious)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember this little fellow from the Tower by the Lake in one of my earlier blogs? Last seen as a nestling, now fully feathered, this little fledgling hopped out of her nest and flew off shortly after this photograph was taken, much to the delight of two little fairies who happened to be passing by. This little Robin’s parents will watch over her and assist in her feeding for 3 more weeks.

These are some of the sights in my garden from this morning. I wonder what I might see tomorrow?

 

 

Inch by Inch.

Lake Fae

This morning I met two little Home Place Fairies down by the tower at the lake. I was there to measure them for the very special dresses they will wear when attending the upcoming Grand Fairy Spring Ball.  More and more the fairy folk are requesting that their “regular day” clothing resemble those of mortal children. However I am happy to report they still desire that I sew only the absolute fairy finest of dresses for their grand fairy balls.

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Two fairies gather fairy dust as they wait to be measured for their dresses.

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When I am finished measuring them for their garments, they politely thank me and then skip and flutter away into the woodland where they will tend to the forget-me-nots and ferns for the rest of the day.

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Fairy Dusting

Spring is  the busiest time of year for all inhabitants of the Fairy Kingdom.

Home Place Fairy Folk  have the pleasant task of sprinkling fairy dust throughout the flower and woodland gardens here at the farm.

 

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Little Delphinia Fairy sprinkles particles of magic dust throughout the woodland gardens among azaleas and rhododendrons who bow with graditude.

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Fairy dust is composed of secret organic ingredients ground precious and fine which when sprinkled onto plants encourages them to sprout, blossom and grow.

The fairies left a bottle of fairy dust.

 

Fairy Dust has many magical applications besides encouraging flora to flourish and grow.

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Each spring Fairy Folk leave me, as Seamstress to the Fairies a bottle of dust that has been specially ground. Just a wee pinch of dust sprinkled on an article of clothing I have sewn allows fairies who wear them to shape shift and change in size from fairy tiny to that of a mortal child.

A fairy fine dress for the Ball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a fairy dress that has just been sprinkled with fairy dust to reduce it to a wee small size.

 

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There is magic all around, all you have to do is look.

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Happy Spring!

 

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Apple Blossoms in Bud.

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May is a very busy month in the gardens here at the farm. The greenhouse is filled with trays of seedlings and the trees in the orchards are full of buds just waiting for a bit of sun to nudge them into full bloom. Both the bees and the fairy folk are all a flutter pollinating the newly awakening flowers for the fruit we will harvest come fall. I attached unbreakable shimmery ornaments from apple, peach and pear tree branches while fairy folk adorned the boughs with tinsel they had recycled from Christmas trees. These things are fairy fanciful yet serve a second gentle purpose which is to startle and keep the deer from nibbling all the tender new buds away.

Robin nest

Lady Ann spied this Robin’s nest on the steps to the tower by the lake. It has been enchanted by the fairies to protect this young nestling and her yet unhatched mate.

 

Sunset’s Prelude to a Blood Red Flower Full Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Moon is the name given to the full moon of May because this is generally when flowers begin to bloom in profusion in North America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A “Blood Moon” happens when the Earth’s moon is in a total lunar eclipse and will not appear again until May 0f 2022.

Last night’s full moon entered Earth’s shadow on May 26th 2021. When the Moon is not in our planets shade it appears larger and brighter than it usually does. A lunar eclipse happens when the Sun and Moon occupy precise positions on opposite sides of the Earth. When this alignment happens the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from reaching the full moon. Our atmosphere filters the light as it passes softening the edge of our planets shadow and giving the moon a deep rose glow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blood moon, otherwise known as a total lunar eclipse, typically occurs during a supermoon  On any other night, the moon receives direct light from the sun, but on this special night, the moon shifts into the Earth’s darkest and most central part of its shadow. At this point, the sun, Earth, and moon are almost completely aligned. You might think that this would cause the moon to go completely dark, but instead it is illuminated by indirect sunlight, which results in an eerie red color.

Due to a welcome, much need rain we were unable to see this month’s Red Blood Flower Moon, however we were delighted to see this magnificent, glorious prelude of a red and wonderous sunset sky!

 

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