Round Blue World, Garden Globe



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“To see a world in a grain of sand

and Heaven in a wild flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

and Eternity in an hour.”

William Blake poet












“Believe in the Fairies

who make Dreams come true.


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Believe in Wonder,

the Stars and the Moon.

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Believe in the Magic

from Fairies above,

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They Dance on the Flowers,

and sing songs of Love.”



“Troll Slaw” A Troll Tale and Recipe

Trolls are an elusive group and among the largest inhabitants of the Fairy Kingdom as well as perhaps the most misunderstood.

Here on the north side of a small mountain in Maine we live and work side by side all sorts of magical beings including a Clan of Trolls.

Some Troll facts :

Did you know that Trolls have the gift of invisibility so they are not often seen? Did you know that Trolls speak in tones so low they are seldom heard? Trolls love music, and some of them sing but the vibrations are of a frequency that other beings can’t hear them unless they want them to…which mostly they don’t. Trolls are very, very shy and with the exception of the Grand Fairy Spring Ball they mostly keep to themselves.

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Eugene is a dear friend of mine and a Troll from the Clan of the Knoll. He is a metal smith and constructs all sorts of magical implements, such as the lovely Miss Millicent Mae Mailbox, as well as bells and finely tuned keys for mbiras and kalimbas.

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Eugene’s cousins Beyla and Laszlo Troll are craftsman too; they carve rustic furniture

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and paint not so rustic furniture.

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They live nearby in enchanted lichen covered caves close to the top of the hill.











Most Trolls of the Knoll are carvers and make lovely over sized furniture and exquisite instruments.

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Just below Beyla and Laszlo’s cave lives William Edwin Troll and his wife Nora Russell Troll.

William Edwin is a talented musician who plays many instruments including the piano, the zither, violin, cello, viola, mbira and kalimba. (to name just a few!) William Edwin also composes music which he plays for his wife Nora as she prepares their meals.

Nora Russell Troll is just as talented as her husband. Nora Russell plays piano and is lead soloist in the Grand Troll Opera. She and Edwin make quite a pair and during the Grand Fairy Spring Ball if the breeze is just right you can hear her accompanying his melancholy playing as she hits both the high notes and the lowest of the low with her beautiful voice. Who knew Trolls could sing and play music, and so beautifully at that?

But there’s another thing about Trolls that might surprise you even more…

All Trolls are excellent chefs.

However, as you may have guessed, unlike Fairies or Pixies or most residents of the Fairy Kingdom Trolls are not vegetarians; they consume copious amounts of fish along with the furred and feathered.

Worry not, they consume only what they need, always blessing the food they eat with gratitude.

Out of respect for other members of the Fairy Kingdom while attending The Annual Grand Fairy Spring Ball all Trolls leave their meat dishes at home and prepare a beautiful vegetarian dish which always, always includes cabbage. Trolls absolutely love cabbage!

Their favorite meatless recipe is Troll Slaw. Yes, Troll Slaw not Cole Slaw….same thing but with a few differences.

Following is the recipe and I think you might appreciate the creativity of the Troll Clan in a way you never did before after you sample just one bite. Yes, it’s that good.

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Dressing for Troll Slaw:

1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper or a pinch or two more.

2 Tablespoons Stevia (Truvia) or  1/4 Sugar (I do as the Trolls and use stevia)

1/4 cup minced and chopped fine cilantro

2 tsp peeled, grated and chopped fine fresh ginger


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In small bowl or a 1 cup glass measuring cup whisk together the above ingredients, cover and let set.

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For The Slaw:

3 cups very thinly sliced and chopped small organic red cabbage

3 cups very thinly sliced and chopped small organic green cabbage

4- 6 scallions chopped thinly

2 large carrots grated

1/2 red bell pepper sliced very thin and diced small

1 large handful of snow peas sliced very thinly (snip off ends if need be)

1 can organic garbanzo beans drained and well rinsed

1/4 c. or to taste sliced and diced jalapeno peppers, I use organic in jar with NO yellow dye!

1 handful organic dried cranberries ( or raisins)

8-10 seedless organic pitted dates

1 handful of pine nuts (you may substitute sunflower seeds)


1/8 or so cup of organic black sesame seeds

4-5 beautiful heads of calendula flowers if you are fortunate enough to have some.


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For your slaw the Trolls highly recommend all your ingredients be at room temperature and I agree; it really does make a difference and you will find that warm cabbages are more welcoming of the oil and vinegar.


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With clean washed hands do as the Trolls do and mix all of the above slaw ingredients (except black sesame seeds and calendulas) together in a large bowl. Set aside.


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Right BEFORE you are to serve your slaw, whisk your dressing and drizzle on slaw, tossing and turning to coat all ingredients evenly using two wooden spoons.

Dressing minutes before serving prevents the slaw from becoming soggy, (unless you prefer soggy slaw of course). Trolls prefer their cabbage crisp.

Lastly sprinkle on your sesame seeds.

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Finally, if you happen to have calendula flowers, which are edible by the way… snip off 5 or so flower heads and gently but firmly pinch off only their petals then sprinkle petals atop your Troll Slaw as a lovely garnish.

Nora Russell Troll is a romantic and always looking for ways to make William Edwin smile. Sprinkling on the edible and cheery calendula flower petals is a very special way of expressing her love for him.

I think after you try this recipe you will have a whole different appreciation for Trolls, because Troll Slaw is REALLY good….Trolly good!


Click on the above link to hear William Edwin Troll play his beautiful Marguerite Waltz for Nora Russell as she prepares his slaw.

William Edwin Troll on violin and Beyla Troll accompanying on piano.

I suggest you play this as you prepare your own Troll Slaw.

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Esmeralda’s Fairy Sweetened September Kale


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Esmeralda Fae enters the greenhouse each and every morning with her baskets of fairy dust flavoring our kale plants, so divine.

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We welcome the Home Place Fairies that help tend our gardens.

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It is important to express appreciation and gratitude to those who offer their services so selflessly.

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We harvest Esmeralda’s Fairy sweetened Kale from our glass greenhouse from late March until late November… when we let the greenhouse rest for the winter.




Wit and Wisdom Amongst the Boughs of a Giant Wolf River Apple Tree

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“I know nothing with any certainty,

but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

Vincent van Gogh



Fairy Sweetened Grapes



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This time of year the gardens are abundant with food crops to harvest here at the farm.

The Concord Grapes are ready, recently sweetened by both the sun and the fairy folk.

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Fairies as you probably already know, are shy folk, and not often spotted in the  gardens they tend. It takes an observant eye and a lot of patience if you want to spot the Fae.

It is believed by some that every human child that believes in the Fae has a kindred fairy reflection, an actual fairy that resembles them in appearance and in heart.

Do you wonder if that’s true?

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Tatiana is the Grape Fairy here at Home Place Farm, her mission is to sweeten all of our grape vines with Fairy Dust. In the process the green grapes over time ripen to purple and become oh, so sweet!

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Tatiana takes her job seriously and enjoys it immensely, especially when we humans come and harvest these grapes, savoring their fairy sweet goodness with each and every bite.


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So next time you are out in your garden take a moment to pause and look about, there ARE Fairy Folk about, it just takes a wanting eye and open heart to see the beauty they instill all around you.

Remember,vmagic is in every garden, all one has to do is look.



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.

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

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Lovely Luna and the Magic of Possibility.

The Home Place Fairies long ago enchanted the puppets Lady Kathryn made with possibilities.

If conditions are right these puppets are able to run about the fields and gardens here at my farm.

Until a puppet has been touched by a mortal child whose heart is  fresh with possibilities for the future, an ordinary tethered earth bound puppet they must remain.







Dragon was long ago touched by such a child enabling him to run freely without human escort throughout the woodland and gardens.

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Lovely Luna Puppet had not been touched by a child of possibility and so she stood patiently waiting, growing rather sad.

The fairies La Rosa and Nightingale came by for short visits and told her not to give up hope, that eventually the right little human would come her way.

But La Rosa and Nightingale never stayed for long, they had garden chores to attend to and so Luna was left alone tethered in one place by a pole.









Luna waited what seemed like a very long time for a human child to come.

She waited… and she waited.

Until one day a little girl came into the garden who was filled with much wonder and believed in all sorts of possibilities.

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This little girl took one look at the forlorn puppet Luna had become and whispered,

“Believe in yourself Luna”.

Then she grabbed hold of the stick that tethered Luna to the ground and made her dependent on humans for flight.

She swished the stick this way and that, faster and faster.

The little girl swished Luna until Luna believed in the possibilities of her own forward motion.

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Then the child set the puppet back onto the ground to stand on her own.

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Luna began to sparkle with hope and suddenly there seemed to be all sorts of possibilities.

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Once again the child took firm hold of Luna’s post and tether and told her…

“Shhhh sweet Luna, you always held the ability to set yourself free, all you had to do was to believe in your own strengths, your own potential possibilities.”

And then the child released Luna,

and then the post and child disappeared.

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Luna stood alone, no longer was she a puppet tethered to the ground.

Luna was a brilliant moth filled with possibilities and she fluttered, sparkling with happiness as she took flight.

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Sometimes at twilight, I catch a glimpse of Luna in the gardens fluttering about on her own.

A Very Grand Fairy Tea Party

Sometimes if a community is lucky they might have an individual or two who stands out for their selfless acts of giving. Here in mid coast Maine generations of children have been fortunate enough to have been acquainted with an entire family of such individuals whose hearts overflow with generosity and love. A big shout out to Miss. Bette, Miss. Angie, Miss. Jo, Mr. Jerry and Miss. Suzanne!

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The Wizard and I once again hosted our annual end of the school year Grand Fairy Tea Party for one of the most dynamic preschools we know of. Annie a lovely wandering minstrel was here delighting us with her music and like the flowers in our gardens she was beautiful to behold.

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Adults and children danced and pranced as we paraded through gardens with shy little fairies glimmering beside us.

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Throughout the morning with help of parents and friends I collected wishes from all of the children which were deposited within a tiny wicker basket; later attached to balloons and sent off to the Fairies to everyone’s delight. What fun on a brilliant day!

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Here’s a little movie/ slideshow of our wonderful morning of celebration. Click on the link below…enjoy.

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I wonder what kinds of wishes the fairies received?….

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Wishes for the Fairy Folk

Recently a group of children wrote down their wishes in my garden and released them to the sky hoping the fairies would receive them.

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As Seamstress to the Fairies I know the fairy Folk quite well, and each year I help a new group of children prepare their wishes to send off to Fairyland.

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Each child is allowed one wish and into a tiny wicker basket the wishes are placed. I then attach a bouquet of balloons to the tiny basket of wishes which if one looked ever so closely they would notice the paper upon which the wishes is written  has begun to glimmer ever so slightly and glow. No ordinary balloons are these, but magically enchanted balloons. Once they are attached to the tiny wicker basket, the wishes that have been placed within will rise up into the balloons filling them with promise and direction. When released by a special someone the balloons will fly way up into the sky headed directly for Fairyland.

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Each year on a special day a different group of children release their wishes to the Fairies.

















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Meanwhile in Fairyland the Fairy Folk await the arrival of baskets of wishes.











Fairyland is wherever and whatever you want to dream it to be. It is a forever place in the Kingdom of Childhood where all  wishes and dreams planted today sprout, blossom and grow into all of your tomorrows .

A place where hopes,wishes, dreams and promises really can come true.

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Creative Exploration

Imagination (im-ag-i-na-tion)

The ability of the mind to be creative and resourceful.


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Creativity (cre-a-tiv-i-ty)

Individuality, original ideas;  the use of  your imagination.

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“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”











Rejoice in your own unique individuality.

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Explore the world around you.

Isn’t it spectacular?!

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Many wonders lay before you which will become visible when you pause and slow down to look more closely.

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Gardens are full of all kinds of wonders and no two days are ever the same.

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Follow your own path,

Become an explorer, an adventurer,










Be courageous and become the author of your own life story.

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The possibilities are endless.


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