Thursday, March 29, 2012

Trolls can Climb!

Just a quick message from the garden today. It’s very active right now - birds everywhere and other creatures as well. Everyone seems to be enjoying the beautiful weather we’re having at the moment. I really didn’t know that trolls could climb trees, but I came across this troll maid contemplating the tree ( a rather small tree I must admit) and then quickly scampering up into the branches where she sat quite happily looking out over the rest of the garden. Perhaps they like to have a different point of view every once in a while. Anyway - she looks quite content up there.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Walking on the edge of Winter

We finally had the chance this morning to go on a long walk with Elfie again. We walked to a small stone circle in Fernworthy forest. We haven’t visited this particular circle in quite a while and it was good to see it again, especially with the grass around it still very short and winter-dead. It doesn’t look like much when you see it in a photograph but it has lovely energy and always feels like a place of healing. There is a burial mound near it and that also feels like a place of guardianship and healing. It’s a good place to come to work out problems or when we need clarity and insight into things in our lives. 

Winter still has a hold on Fernworthy. Our garden is full of spring flowers and we even have little leaves coming out on a few trees, but just a mile or two away and slightly higher on the moor, the signs of spring are few and far between. We did see some wonderful moss covered trees (which I photographed for you) - a goblin tree and a troll tree, and - we also saw a unicorn. Now, you may not believe this, because his horn isn’t visible, but never the less, he IS a unicorn. At least I choose to think so! 

I’d also like to mention that if anyone is thinking about coming to the workshops we are giving in France this summer, now is the time to inquire about them since they are almost full and won’t be available for much longer.  Click here for Workshop Details

Back to work now. It’s flying faeries week in my studio! Here’s a photo of one of them. They will be flying this spring and summer at the gallery in BelCastel, France. 


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Faerie Gatherings

We had a wonderful time in Glastonbury this weekend, at the Avalon Faery Fayre and Ball. Well, we should have been at the ball but when we got back to our lovely Bed and Breakfast overlooking Chalice Well and Gardens, it was so calm and peaceful that we just fell asleep instead. Nice dreams, even if we missed the festivities! 

I gave a sculpting and fabricating workshop and Brian lectured on both Saturday and Sunday. Everyone seemed to enjoy all three of these very much. We certainly did. The fayre was vibrant and busy with a really happy atmosphere. It was so good to meet so many people and have a chance to say hello to old friends as well. Karen Kay puts on a great event! 

We actually were in Glastonbuty both this past weekend and the weekend before. I tried both times - four day in all - to take photos of Glastonbury Tor to put on the facebook page for you. It is an amazing sight, rearing up out of the Somerset Levels - a beacon on the horizon that is visible for miles as you approach the town. I had absolutely NO luck. For some reason the Tor did not want to be photographed by me or by Brian. Brian took a photo (I saw him do it!) of the tor in the mist and when we downloaded the pictures, it had disappeared (and not just into the mist either). I missed taking pictures on every occasion that the tor was visible - so, you’ll just have to take my word for it. It’s worth a trip there to see it if you get the chance! 

We’re home now and enjoying a beautiful Spring evening. I went out just now and found our friends among the flowers obviously also enjoying the weather and delighted that their charges survived the cold spell we had a while ago. They are particularly drawn to yellow. 

I came across our russet friend first standing on this log covered in bracket fungi. He then decided to sit and enjoy the last of the sunshine. That’s where I left him a few minutes ago. 

We have a new addition to our mushroom forest as well. It was a Glastonbury gift to us and is settling in nicely to its new home. 

That’s all from me. I’m going to join Brian having a glass of well deserved wine. He took this photo to see if you could spot his glass.