Thursday, October 10, 2013

A festival of fairies . . .


. . . where you enter with a magical spirit
and leave your "grown up" at home.

"Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on top of the disheveled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame."
~ William Butler Yeats


When I visited my mom this summer we stumbled upon a magical place
where all you needed was an unlimited imagination and an open heart.
I found proof that unicorns do exist . . . 


that fairies take naps . . . 


. . . and sometimes float instead of fly


And, if I were a fairy and had wings, I hoped they would look like this . . .


perhaps I might be spotted wearing this . . . I would be called Fairy Godmother of the Garden,
or Forest Fairy . . . maybe Mother Earth Fairy.


I found no age limit for being a fairy . . . it is about a spirit {and a little spunk}.


there was even a Fairy Statue . . . {yes the bird is quite real}


. . . and the steam punk Fairy Time Keeper


I wasn't quite sure if she was supposed to be a fairy, but regardless she was the coolest cat there. 


And then, there she was . . . the cutest little Monarch Fairy there ever was!
If you were going to be home for Halloween, that is exactly what I would be!


But when no one was looking and everything was still I caught a glimpse of the smallest and most elusive of all, the Flower Fairy.


"The fairies went from the world, dear,
Because men's hearts grew cold:
And only the eyes of children see
What is hidden from the old..."

-Kathleen Foyle

It seems the older we get the more we forget how to trust our hearts and to be open to the unexplainable.
And just because you haven't seen something . . . well, it doesn't mean it's not there.


1. Speaking of fairies one of my favorite movies this summer was "Epic" where M.K. a teenage girl goes home to visit her dad who has been for many years trying to prove that there is a hidden world in the forest. In a turn of events she finds herself {shrunk} and is recruited by the nature spirit Queen Tara to help The Leafmen {who ride hummingbirds} save their existence from the evil warriors led by Mandrake.

2. I'm afraid the Monarch activity has come to a huge halt here. I still have maybe 10 chrysalid's left to emerge, but I'm not seeing them come back during the day. It will be very strange not to have them around since I've been raising them since March.....for a grand total released back to nature of almost 300!

3. A cold front came through last weekend, of course not in time to still have to stand on the sidelines taking photos of the varsity football game in 100 degrees! It was brutal. We have only been in the mid 80's during the day and around 70 at night.

4. My boy is doing pretty well, although he did have a breakthrough in his arthritis last week with pain and swelling and stiffness in his wrists. Apparently when you have systemic JRA and you get a common cold it's not uncommon for that to happen. If by mid November to mid December his blood test continue to come back with normal inflammation markers he may get to stop his infusions all together!

5. Just one more sleep and my baby girl is coming home for the weekend, WhOo HoO!! She has been really doing a lot of research on our ancestry and is pretty sure she found someone who came over on the Mayflower! I'm sure there will be some baking involved while she is here - she makes the best cakes!

Hope your weekend is magical
"Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly" - unkown
Love, Kim


Linking with Little Things Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things
Random Five Friday, Photo Art Journal


33 comments:

Janet Bocciardi said...

Such magical photos, Kim. I've always thought it would be wonderful to grow up in England or Scotland where the fairies are welcomed and respected.

Kim Cunningham said...

Beautiful place with lots of whimsy! Loved the family happenings update. Hope S gets cleared soon!

Comfypjs said...

Love unicorns and fairies! This place looks like a whole lot of fun for sure. Beautiful photos as always!

Tamar SB said...

So much whimsy!!

A Garden of Threads said...

A wonderful post Kim. Love the flower fairy. Have a great weekend. Jen

TesoriTrovati said...

Mesmerizing images, Miss Kim! I love the idea of this festival. What fun! Thank you for sharing these magical photos. Enjoy the day. Erin

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I'm just in awe of how you captured the fairy "festival." Each photo was a mini masterpiece.

Sounds like a fun weekend for you with your girl home. Happy times! :)

kathyinozarks said...

what a magical festival-I would have really enjoyed going to this-thanks for sharing all the photos Kim.
Glad your son is doing better despite the arthritis-and enjoy you daughter-I see fun in the kitchen for sure. Happy weekend Kathy

Snap said...

what a fun post! i love fairies and unicorns and dragons. i noted there were no dragons at this festival. wonderful, magical shots. good news about your son and enjoy time with your daughter and the cake! ;)

Brenda said...

Wondrous imagination - these fairies!

Mitzi said...

ah the beauty found at a Ren Faire! I absolutely love them and floating among the many personalities to be found there. You captured the essence of the fair & the Fairy's quite beautifully!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

OMG How fun was that! I think I'll photoshop some wings on myself. Hope you get through the empty chrysalis syndrome ok.

Linda R said...

Your magical post has me smiling.. So many wonderful photos. That flower Fairy is fabulous. I LOVE it. Have a blast with your daughter this weekend.

Hugs~

Viv@within the Frame said...

How wonderful love all the colour and light. Fingers crossed for your son. Have a great weekend

Nicki said...

A Fairy convention - carnival - party - whatever, it sure looked fun. I am glad that overall your son is doing better and how exciting your daughter is coming home - a baking must!

Enjoy your weekend.

Buttons said...

Oh I want to go see those fairies and to spend time there with your Mom is priceless.

I am happy for your son my cousin had JRA she is now an adult. hugs to you and your son.
My daughters are coming home too and wow I am impressed the Mayflower how cool is that:) B

Patti G said...

What a wonderful little trip I just rook into fairyland - thank you for that!
Happy weekend & enjoy your kiddo's all weekend long!

pragmaticsoul said...

Fun-tastic photos, and all the fairies look wonderful

Cheryl Flatt said...

Oh my...so beautiful. You've made me wish I could dance among the fairies for a day.

augcott said...

I was mesmerized by all of your fairie shots! So dang beautiful!!!

Hoping your son gets better and stronger every day!

Have a great visit with your daughter!

diane

augcott said...

I was mesmerized by all of your fairie shots! So dang beautiful!!!

Hoping your son gets better and stronger every day!

Have a great visit with your daughter!

diane

augcott said...

I was mesmerized by all of your fairie shots! So dang beautiful!!!

Hoping your son gets better and stronger every day!

Have a great visit with your daughter!

diane

Karen said...

Wonderful magical photos! Epic is my granddaughter's and my favourite movie of the year.

Kathryn said...

There is magic everywhere if we chose to see it. Love the fairy shots, so very cool. Hoping your boy continues to get stronger and better. Enjoy your time with your daughter. My mum is coming out at the end of November for a 3 week stay. It will her first time visiting us here in Ohio, can't wait.

rayfamily said...

Wow, 300 monarchs!! Fantastic! Your photos are amazing, beautiful.

Nancy said...

Oh to be in a place where you can play and think like a child; just awesome....You certainly captured some gorgeous shots while on this adventure.....

Dotti said...

What a whimsical, magical place! Enjoy the weekend with your girl! And glad Sam seems to be stable.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

The fairies must have been amazing to see - your photos are fantastic! I'm wishing the best for your boy and hope you enjoy your time with your daughter home - a cake sounds lovely!

Sharon said...

Fascinating photos! Have a wonderful visit with your daughter! My daughter is coming for the weekend and I can hardly wait!

Sherri B. said...

What wonderful photos...this looks like a very fun place to be. :) Enjoy your visit with your daughter, and I hope your son continues to improve! Have a piece of cake for me, OK? :)

Ida said...

What a wonderful and magical post. I truly enjoyed your visit to this Faerie world.

Wow your weather is still great. It's getting colder and colder here. Rain is possible today which I don't want as we want to go to the Corn Maze.
It's good to hear your son is doing better and that your girl is coming home for a visit. Nothing like fresh baked goods. Enjoy.

Amazing wonders in my life said...

Loved it..

Kelly said...

Oh Kim!! I love fairies and the idea of fairies and magic!!! What a fun place to be. I totally want a fairy outfit!!

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