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.

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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.

Tiny August wonders (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Old Horse and the Fairies

Early in the morning the Home Place Fairies Nightingale, La Rosa and Delphinia affectionately greet Old Horse.

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Old Horse is their companion; the loyal guardian of all the Home Place Fairies.

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Through the long cold months of winter Old Horse stands vigil guarding the entrance to the Fairies secret woodland chambers.

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Old Horse was long ago enchanted by the Home Place Fairies

 

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and though Old Horse ages, he never grows old.

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The bond between Old Horse and the Fairies is very strong. Forged from integrity and respect as well as love and commitment the bond has solidified, becoming everlasting; suspended in time.

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In the earliest hours of each and every August morning before humans are awake, the fairy folk greet Old Horse with hugs and kisses, showering him with fairy dust.

Enchanted by the Fae (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later in the day when an old friend comes to visit, the fairies will have left the stable yard and gardens for the shade of the Enchanted Forest.

Enchanted by the Fae (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Horse will greet Nina who being magical herself in a Nordic gardening kind of way will never let on that she can see the fairy magic that  surrounds her dear old friend.

Nina and Horse (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Together they will reminisce about the past as they walk into the Future of Possibilities.

Enchanted by the Fae (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly

 

Fairy Shadow

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if you fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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what if I fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magic happens all around you, all one has to do is look.

 

 

 

So Much for You to See

In a Garden Magic Happens each and every day.

 

 

 

 

 

Some things are more visible than others, and it can take a keen and discerning eye to see the smallest of the small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The closer you look, the more you will see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are fairies in my gardens and I am guessing in yours too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes we don’t always recognize the most magical beings around us, nor see them fully for who they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairies are Pranksters and love to play games, like hide and never be seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a good look around your own garden,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be curious and venture out.

 

 

 

 

 

There is so much for you to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic really does happen, all one has to do is look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Summer Daze

Welcome to August, the hottest month of the year in Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children and Fairy Folk delight in these hot summer days. Our gardens for the time being require less attention as far as weeding goes and sprinklers take care of the necessary watering. Which leaves plenty of time for children and fairies to play in the gardens, meadows and woodlands of our farm. Of course, they still sprinkle fairy dust wherever they go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprises around every corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play, Dance, Sing and be Merry as any Summertime Fairy!

 

 

 

Once Upon A Time in Fairyland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Place Fairies are always on the lookout for new and illuminating discoveries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They search way down low, sprinkling nourishing fairy dust, encouraging the smallest of flowers to blossom and grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairies flutter up high into the tallest of trees where wondrous beings hover and fly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Don’t you know everyone has a Fairyland.”

      P.J. Travers

 

 

 

 

 

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