We took our kids on a vacation to Maine at the end of the summer and as we are all fairy garden enthusiasts, we couldn’t resist stopping in at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to see their famous fairy houses. They are quite magical, just as expected… all made entirely from bits and pieces picked up in the forest around the gardens… birch bark, pine cones, acorns, feathers, moss. Tiny fairy furniture like beds and tables and chairs. So wonderfully creative and inspired.
On our way home, we recited fairy poems …
IF YOU SEE A FAIRY RING
If you see a fairy ring
In a field of grass,
Very lightly step around,
Tip-Toe as you pass,
Last night Fairies frolicked there
And they’re sleeping somewhere near.
If you see a tiny fairy
Lying fast asleep
Shut your eyes
And run away,
Do not stay to peek!
Do not tell
Or you’ll break a fairy spell.
WHAT BERT SAW IN THE FLOWERS by LGR
Hold your shining clusters up!
In each little house of gold,
What is this that I behold?
Twenty soldiers, straight and slim,
Golden-helmeted and prim.
All day long so still they stand,
Never turning head or hand;
No one guesses where they stray
In the moonlight nights of May.
When the fairies are abroad,
These small men keep watch and ward;
Round the fairy ring they pace
All night long, to guard the place;
But when morning comes again,
Back are all the little men.
THE ELF AND THE DOORMOUSE by Oliver Herford
Under a toadstool crept a wee Elf,
Out of the rain to shelter himself.
Under the toadstool, sound asleep,
Sat a big Dormouse all in a heap.
Trembled the wee Elf, frightened and yet
Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.
To the next shelter—maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee Elf smiled a wee smile.
Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two.
Holding it over him, gaily he flew.
Soon he was safe home, dry as could be.
Soon woke the Dormouse—’Good gracious me!
‘Where is my toadstool?’ loud he lamented.
—And that’s how umbrellas first were invented.
We have been collecting baskets of nature bits to make our very own fairy houses soon.
My favorite of all was the vine spinning wheel. Delightful indeed.
Blessings and magic,