Dream Big

Dream big

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Let your imagination run free

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Your potential for a creative life is as vast your desires

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And as open as your mind.

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Paint your world with the brightest colors you can conjure

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Because Magic can truly happen,

Anywhere

The possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows?

Children have been asking this question for generations.

A wonderful book of poems called “Beyond The Mountain” by Sarah Stokes Halkett published in 1917 asks this same question.

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Here in Maine on the north side of a small mountain I am Seamstress to a troop of Home Place Fairies.

I sew and weave a very elaborate assortment of clothing for these fairies to suit their needs.

I also create with the fairies assistance what I like to call, “wearable gardens” for human children.

The Home Place Fairies in turn help the Wizard and I care for the orchards on our farm as well as assist bees pollinating flower and vegetable gardens and fields of organic blueberries.

Old Horse is Guardian of the Home Place Fairies and has lived here at the farm as long as anyone can remember.

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Long ago enchanted by the Fairies, he ages though he never grows old.

So where do the fairies go when it snows ….

Old Horse knows , but he’s not saying.

This sweet poem from “Beyond The Mountain” was asking that same question in 1917 and well, it’s still being asked today.

 

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Where do the pretty fairies go

When the world is white with snow?

 

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I asked the sun, he did not know,

He never saw the fairies go.

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Where do the gentle fairies stay

When all the world is cold and gray?

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I asked the moon, he could not say;

He too wonders where the fairies stay.

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Where do the pretty fairies hide

When on the snow we slip and slide?

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I asked the stars, they only sighed;

It’s lonely when the fairies hide.

Where do the pretty fairies go?

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I think perhaps the flowers know

I’ll wait until the snowdrops grow,

And ask them where the fairies go.

 

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Fairies are mysterious little beings and maybe we as humans are not meant to know the answer to every little thing.

Possibly real magic rests in faith

In believing in possibilities and what you cannot always see.

Wondering, dreaming

the wishing upon stars ….

 

 

 

 

Woodn’t You Know It

Here in Maine wood is used as a heat source and all sorts of wood burning stoves warm many a mortals home from within.

As late November; early December rolls around more often than not the ground is gently blanketed under a bit of white snow.

Presently the ground remains bare of white and temperatures are warmer than usual inspiring Fairies to leave their cozy winter chambers to flutter and dance outdoors in fresh air.

Over the weekend just now passed, in a sleepy little town not far from the sea, a group of Home Place Fairies came upon a meticulously stacked wood pile.

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Without corners, this wood pile was well rounded and humped.

The Home Place Fairies thought it the most beautiful wood pile they had ever seen.

They were delighted thoughtful humans had taken so much care to honor a tree that gave up his wood for fires that would keep their family home warm.

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The Fairies were so delighted that they sprinkled the wood pile with Enchanted Fairy Dust adding extra warmth to each and every fire these humans would set to warm their home .

Then the Fairies returned to their chambers happy to have discovered humans appreciative enough to honor a once living tree.

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For whatever reason the day after and the day after that were just as warm as the ones before and the Fairy Folk  again left their chambers for fresh air.

Deciding to pay another visit to the beautifully stacked wood pile they were delighted to see the homeowners had begun stacking another pile of wood  just as beautifully but with a message for the Fairy Folk embedded within.

And wouldn’t you know it, this message set the little Fairies hearts all a flutter.

 

 

 

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

All their seasonal chores are completed and their food lockers are 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.

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

 

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Children visiting the farm set off for Blueberry Hill in search of Fairy Folk.

Do you suppose they found any?

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I have a hunch they did from the looks of the magical wands they used to light their way home.

 

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Look what the Fairies left!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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Recipe for a Fairy Fine Pixie Pear Tart

 

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Yum, there is nothing quite like a Pixie Pear Tart made from freshly picked pears.

Here is a delicious and simple recipe for making a pear tart of your own that my fairy friends shared with me.

I have included a gluten free version for the crust. The Fairies and I hope you like it!

PIXIE PEAR TART RECIPE

1.) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and gather together your ingredients.

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2.) Spray bottom and sides of an 11″ tart pan with organic olive oil and  set aside.

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RECIPE for CRUST and CRUMBLE TOPPING:

(Regular Flour or with Gluten Free Flour) :

1- 1/2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons  All Purpose Flour or for Gluten Free use

( 1- 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour Mix)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon sugar OR: I use  (1 teaspoon  ZING  a stevia / sugar blend)

1/4 cup organic canola oil

2 Tablespoons coconut milk, canned or from carton

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

 

2.) In large bowl stir together 1-1/2 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 Tablespoon sugar (or 1 Tablespoon Zing stevia) and set aside.

3.) In small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup canola oil, 2 Tablespoons coconut milk and 1 teaspoon almond extract. Pour this into flour mixture and mix gently with fork and fingers just to dampen. Mixture should be crumbly, you don’t want to over mix.

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4.) Transfer dough to 11″ tart pan.

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Spread crumbly dough over bottom and up sides of pan evenly, pushing with fingers.

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I use a 1/4 metal measuring cup to press down and along and into sides of pan.

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Set aside.

TART TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

8 or more, nice sized ripe pears

2 Tablespoons cold butter sliced thinly

1/4  cup of white sugar or 2 Tablespoons stevia to taste if you must add sweetener. (I personally prefer not to add sweetener of any kind, the natural fruit is sweet enough for my liking)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

A handful of chopped walnuts ( optional: you can also add some hulled sunflower seeds, Fairies love nuts and seeds.)

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1.) In a small bowl mix together 2 Tablespoons of all purpose flour (or 2 Tablespoons gluten free flour mix), and 1/4 teaspoon salt and  2 Tablespoons cold butter. Use a pastry blender or fork and fingers to mix up flour, sugar and salt with butter til crumbly. Set aside.

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2.) Slice pears somewhat thinly and evenly and arrange slices in a circular pattern on top of dough in tart pan. Then arrange a second and third layer of fruit slices overlapping the previous layer.

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3.) Have your flour mixture handy and spread evenly over top of tart. Slow down, take your time and enjoy the process.

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Lastly dust the top of your tart ever so lightly with the brown sugar.

4.) Finally your tart is ready to place in the oven.

Bake at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes, until you see thick bubbles and your crust has turned a light golden brown.

5.) For you nut lovers, I add the walnuts and seeds during the last 15 minutes of baking time.

6.) Cool completely on wire rack before slicing. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream…or both!

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Folks often comment about an added something in the tarts I make that they just can’t put their fingers on…a certain flavor which they say eludes description.

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I just smile, because in fact there is a bit of fairy dust in every tart I bake, courtesy of the Home Place Fairies.

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Feel free to experiment and make this recipe your own special kind of magic. Try hazel nuts instead of walnuts…

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Try peaches instead of pears.

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Apples instead of peaches…

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A mixture of two fruits or a combination of three!

You can even add blueberries!

(Though if you do I suggest you add them during the last 20 minutes of baking, as their small tender skins can crisp up slightly and burn.)

Enjoy.

 

 

 

Tiny Wonders

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Tiny wonders surround us each and everyday.

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All one has to do is look.

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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.

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Surrounded by meadows of hay, orchards of fruit, gardens of flowers, vegetables and herbs.

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Old Horse is Guardian of the Home Place Fairy Folk who reside in the Enchanted Forest that borders this farm.

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Our Foxy Friend and Fairy Companion, Caspian rests at the edge of the Enchanted Forrest as he contemplates the events of his day.

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Fairy Tatiana checks that the greenhouse has been properly dusted with just the right amount of fairy dust as day begins to slip into dusk.

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She double checks that all of the Toadstolls 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.

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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.

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

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

P.J. Travers

 

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