"When the first baby laughed
For the first time,
Its laugh broke into a thousand pieces
And they all went skipping about
And that was the beginning of fairies."
"Who knows what secrets fairies like to keep.
Perhaps they whisper about the follies of humankind"
~Fairy Secrets - Brian Froud~
"Blessed are those who see things in humble places,
Where other people see nothing."
"Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers and then are gone."
"And though you should live
In a palace of gold,
Or sleep in a dried up ditch,
You never could be as poor
As the fairies are,
And never as rich."
"Some day you will be old enough
To start reading about fairytales again."
~C. S. Lewis~
"Did you know,
hanging a spray of primroses on your door
is an invitation for fairies to come into your home
and bring fairy blessings?"
"Children, children, don't forget
There are elves and fairies yet.
Where the knotty Hawthorne grows
Look for prints of fairy toes.
Where the grassy rings are green,
Moonlight dances will be seen.
Watch and wait, oh lucky you,
If you find a fairy shoe:
For a ransom he will pay
Hobbling barefoot all the day.
Lay it on his mushroom seat,
Wish your wish and go your way.
If your wish should be discreet,
Never fear but he will pay."
"Stories are like fairy gold, the more you give away, the more you have."
"Admit it, we all need books
and fairy dust once in a while."
"Down along the rocky shore,
Some make their home.
They live on crispy pancakes
Of yellow-tide foam.
Some in the reeds
Of the black mountain lake,
With frogs for their watchdogs,
All night awake."
~Excerpt from The Fairies by William Allingham~
(You can read the rest of the poem here.)
"Mist-clad in the light of the moon,
Starspun seekers I search for thee!
Faery light I ask they boon
Of branch and thorn and Elder tree!
Wood woven creatures, shadow weavers
River keepers come to me!
Just beyond reaching, never in keeping
Spirits of Faery I call unto thee.
Wind-hewn wildness, dark and brightness,
Spiral enchantments born of the sky.
Cradle me with Elven hands,
Abide with me, thy human child!"
~W. B. Yeats~
I hope you've enjoyed my touch of whimsy today. I found this very special fairy garden at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.