Flightingale Infirmary

Flightingale Infirmary created by Linda, Norman & Joseph Legassie
photo by Barbara Rodgers

Florence Flightingale is a faerie specializing in wing repair.  Fireflies are the first-responders to the soft hush of the sunset’s glow – brightening the way for summertime fun – and even twilight painting.  But what happens when a firefly scorches a wing-tip?  It’s Flightingale to the rescue for all sorts of wing injuries: burned, torn, or just plain worn.  Indeed, this boulder’s shoulder is a welcomed sight when fluttering troubles strike for beetles, bees, birds, and butterflies.
(Wee Faerie Village: Land of Picture Making)

River Valley Farm

River Valley Farm created by Sandra Bender Fromson

Warren, a wee faerie of farming, lives in this house with his wife Elvina and children Lily and Eldon.  The house was built by his grandfather with stones cleared from the farmland more than 100 years ago.  Raised on the farm, Warren and his family continue the age-old traditions of working the land, growing vegetables, and tending the orchard.  Elvina bakes pies using the enormous apples that grow in Miss Florence’s orchard.  Although great for the delicious vegetables and fruit, the gardens and the orchard are favored painting locations for the artists as well.
(Wee Faerie Village: Land of Picture Making)

photos by Barbara Rodgers

Beech Hearth Castles

Beech Hearth Castles created by Pietrina Saxton
photos by Barbara Rodgers

Kit and his Family of Dragons live in these fireplace hearths and small buildings situated within this majestic beech.  Known for their benevolence and magic, these dragon faeries guard and bless hearths and supply firewood in exchange for having a home.  Built of stone and surrounded by trees, these castles are the year-round homes for dragon faeries that inspire artists to include sun-baked beech trees and brilliantly burning fireplaces in their paintings.
(Wee Faerie Village: Land of Picture Making)

Branch Ranch

Branch Ranch created by Robert Nielsen & Billie Tannen, Billie Beads
photo by Barbara Rodgers

Lief Falldownsoon is the king of the leaf fairies and is in charge of the legions of leaves that cover the trees.  Busy all summer helping the leaves turn sunlight into food for the trees, Lief and his kin at Branch Ranch, enjoy the fall the best when the leaves can all start to rest.  Although the green leaves inspire the landscape artists all summer, Lief knows that the real show happens when they begin to change color, turning from green to red, yellow, or gold before leaping into the blue sky for the twisty, twirly, gusty, blusty, ride to the ground.
(Wee Faerie Village: Land of Picture Making)

Water Pearl Palace

Water Pearl Palace created by Dylan & Ted Gaffney

Queen Moonstone and her sprites live in Water Pearl Palace built in the twisted roots of the giant sycamore tree.  During the day they guard this mystical gateway to other worlds, but gather every evening to dance among the great boughs of the tree and along the rippling stream celebrating creativity.  Within the many nooks and crannies of the subterranean palace, the sprites leave tokens found during their nightly travels.  Visit on a full moon and witness their grand party when they assist all who seek their help.
(Wee Faerie Village: Land of Picture Making)

Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
~ Emily Brontë
(The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë)

People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less.  I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn’t seen some of it.
~ George MacDonald
(The Princess & The Goblin)

photos by Barbara Rodgers

Autumnal Fortress

Autumnal Fortress created by Kristen Thornton
photos by Barbara Rodgers

Faellan is the faerie for colorful autumn foliage.  His name comes from Old English and means an abundance of leaves, aka the fall!  The many colors and textures of the leaves inspire the painters in so many ways.  As the leaves turn from green to gold, they capture the creative imaginations at several stages.  Whether held aloft in the tree top, dancing fancifully through the autumn air, or carpeting the ground below, Faellan’s leaves are the season’s showstoppers.
(Wee Faerie Village: Land of Picture Making)

Blind folk see the fairies,
Oh, better far than we,
Who miss the shining of their wings
Because our eyes are filled with things
We do not wish to see.
They need not seek enchantment
From solemn, printed books,
For all about them as they go
The fairies flutter to and fro
With smiling, friendly looks.
~ Rose Fyleman
(White Magic)

Deaf folk hear the fairies
However soft their song;
‘Tis we who lose the honey sound
Amid the clamor all around
That beats the whole day long.
But they with gentle faces
Sit quietly apart;
What room have they for sorrowing
While fairy minstrels sit and sing
Close to their listening heart?
~ Rose Fyleman
(White Magic)

The fairies have never a penny to spend,
They haven’t a thing put by,
But theirs is the dower of bird and of flower
And theirs are the earth and the sky.
And though you should live in a palace of gold
Or sleep in a dried-up ditch,
You could never be as poor as the fairies are,
And never as rich.
~ Rose Fyleman
(Fairies & Chimneys)

Marsh Light Manor

Marsh Light Manor at Lookout Hollow created by Lori & Edward Lenz
photo by Barbara Rodgers

Luka built this manor house for his wife Inza and their family of light fareies at the base of this tree from the river rocks and marsh grasses. He created porches and windows to view and capture the light as it dances across the water. Mirrors and magic help Luka and his wife to “bottle” the light. Each of the children take turns delivering a month of special light to the plein-air artists who capture its distinct glow in paint.
(Wee Faerie Village: Land of Picture Making)

Now that some of the excitement has passed by, at least for us, I hope to share a few more fairy house posts in the coming days…

Auntie was transferred to a rehab center last week, a day or two after the storm. She’s able to walk a little and is making some progress in physical therapy there. We finally got up to see her yesterday and were grateful to know that she had some visitors in the hospital and at the rehab center.

Dad is on antibiotics now for bronchitis and we stopped by to see him, too, and showed him our storm pictures on the TV screen. He was somewhat impressed, but decided that the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 he survived when he 16 was far more destructive. He wasn’t feeling too well, but it was good to visit with him anyway.

We are overflowing with gratefulness for the gift of a wonderful young woman named Chelsea, who was hired to help out with Dad and Auntie’s care in September. What an awesome blessing she has been to our family! She has sat with Auntie in the hospital and at the rehab center, and darted back and forth between those places and the house, to give attention to both of the ancient ones. She has been a cheerful, hard-working, kind, calming and pleasant presence to have around and has gotten us through this difficult stretch, even coming in the evening and on the weekends. Thank you so much, Chelsea!!!