It’s a Blue Sky Day

This morning presented as a spectacularly warm and wonderful blue sky November day so I decided to go visit the Home Place Fairy Folk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time of year they do not leave their cozy winter chambers unless the temperatures rise and the sky is blue, and then they flutter outdoors, flying and dancing , happy as only fairies can be!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the opportunity to enjoy this fine day together I walked as my fairy friends flew to the Magic Waterfall hidden deep within the Forest of Possibilities. We had a wonderful time and kept an eye out for our good friend Sir William Lion, a noble Troll and Guardian of the falls. Sir William lives beneath the falls in a spacious cave lined with tourmaline and rock crystals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir William is rather solitary and can be surly but he’s a heart of gold, big and tender he is. Unfortunately we did not see him today as he must have been off foraging for edibles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our return back to the fairy’s chambers we spotted a little girl all alone on Blue Fairy Hill gazing at the sun which had just begun to set.

The fairies and I couldn’t help but wonder what her dreams might be.

Dreamer and Old Horse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember your dreams define you, they have the power to give you wings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The same substance composes us…the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star, we are all one, all moving to the same end.”

P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins

 

 

Morning Sunrise

Early November in Maine can be rather nippy and chill.

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The sunrise viewed over our back meadow, is glorious and ever changing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The early morning sky can become a vibrant palate of colors  swiftly changing until the sun herself has fully risen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As winter approaches the Home Place Fairies slumber late into the day; nestled deep within their cozy winter chambers inside an ancient oak tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On occasion I visit with the fairies before the deep snow of winter sets in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Horse is Guardian of the Home Place Fairies.

He stands sentry, guarding the secret entrance to their winter chambers.

Old Horse Guardian of the Home Place Fairies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long ago he was enchanted by the fairies and though he ages, he never grows old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic surrounds us, all one has to do is look.

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a favorite occasion for all beings of the Fairy Kingdom; especially the Home Place Fairies.

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On this date each year from dusk to midnight, Home Place Fairy folk  have the ability to shape shift and increase their size to that of mortal children.

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Being mischievous little pranksters they take great pleasure in having a few hours in which  to walk undetected  among costumed mortals.

 

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So look closely when you hear that knock on your door tonight…is this really a costumed child or a clever shape shifting fairy increased to mortal size ?

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Happy Halloween Everybody!

Wood Nymphs and Bunnies

 

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

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

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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.

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

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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 might…

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

 

 

 

Tiny Wonders

Autumn has come to the north side of a small mountain in Maine.

Through the greenhouse door into our orchard children go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where apple trees whose fruits have been  sweetened by Home Place Fairy Folk are harvested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children gather together collecting the bounty of an ancient Wolf River apple tree which we will press into cider, cook into sauce and bake into pies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny Wonders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Together the children play as they harvest,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and sing as they dance.

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As Autumn falls all around…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you children for helping harvest and thank you Home Place Fairies for sweetening our fruit trees and encouraging them to grow!

 

 

 

Theodore Troll and Horatio Hobgoblen

Don”t worry things aren’t as they appear; these little fellas are not as snarly as they look.

They are members of the Fairy Realm, Theodore Troll and Horatio Hobgoblin and they are kindly setting out lanterns so trick or treaters do not stumble in the dark.

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Trolls and Hobgoblins do this every year and are responsible for most of the lighting on Halloween staying lit.

Their lanterns and lights guide costumed trick or treaters on the one evening of the year when their presence does not instill terror and fear.

They know humans too often judge what they see with their eyes and not with their hearts. Because of this Trolls and Hobgoblins generally keep to themselves living deep in forest caves or beneath mounds up on the Knoll.

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All Hallows Eve or Halloween is the one night when all members of the Fairy Realm can walk among Humans completely undetected, even the humble little Hobgoblins and Trolls.

Harvest

 

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Autumn Falls in a splash of vibrant color on the north side of a small mountain in Maine.

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It’s mid October and we are busy harvesting  late season crops.

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The last peaches, pears, apples and grapes have been picked, canned or frozen.

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Humans and Fairy Folk work together gathering fruits, nuts and vegetables.

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Fairies have sprinkled fairy dust sweetening ripened fruits and vegetables which humans and Gnomes gather to store for the winter.

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The entire Fairy Kingdom is busy collecting food for the long cold winter months ahead.

 

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Luna the Fairy Dog and Old Horse always take time out from their chores to play with the shape shifting Fairies and human children.

 

 

Dancing With the Fairies.

Here on the north side of a small mountain in Maine Autumn has arrived in full glory. Days have grown shorter, the air has become a bit sharp and colder; leaves change color, falling softly to the ground.

With the final passing of summer’s warmth the Home Place Fairy Folk retreat to their chambers deep within the trunk of an ancient oak tree where they will spent the long cold months of winter in a deep slumber.

It is said there is a long standing tradition among these fairies. That if they are asked sincerely and politely enough by a human child right before the final leaves have fallen, they will emerge from their winter chambers one last time to perform The Last Dance of Autumn with that child.

 

 

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.

HPF Autumn Sky at dusk

 

 

 

 

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.

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Autumn Falls

 

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The view from my bedroom window this morning as the sun rose in the east.

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Wearing a moss green cape to ward off an early morning chill I set out early into my gardens with Paco to nibble on Arctic Hardy Kiwi and say hello to Old Horse.

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Then I ventured into the forest, enjoying the painted colors of nature;

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the majestic beauty of ferns and trees accompanied by the sound of leaves twirling as autumn fell down all around me.

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I came upon a fairy boulder rising proud among the ferns, where dust scattered by the wee folk still glimmered and glowed.

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After a while I circled round and wandered back towards the Fairy Wardrobe Chamber where mortal children enter and exit dressed up like the Fae.

As I headed back towards my little farmhouse I heard a creaking upon the walk of stone and spied three little Home Place Fairy Folk busy with their chores.

One Fairy pulled a wooden cart, another pushed from behind; the smallest of the three sat atop their gatherings tucked safely within.

Busy collecting provisions for the long cold winter ahead these fairies had no time to stop and chatter so just waved and smiled instead.

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Across the roadway of interludes they went heading for the orchard where apples have ripened and the arctic kiwi grows.

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After a long day of foraging and gathering fruits and herbs to dry the fairies headed down the road to Blueberry Hill where they say goodnight to the fading sun, dance in the twilight and greet the new moon.

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I too climbed the hill just before dusk enchanted by the native blueberry barrens whose fields roll far and wide turning from shades of blue to leaves of scarlet, brilliant in hue.

Each and every day I am grateful for the opportunity to step outward and move forward, for the ability to look outside of myself and discover something new.

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“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”

P.L. Travers … Mary Poppins

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