Japanese Faerie Garden

10.12.12 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
Sakuyu, a Japanese Faerie Garden created by Bobbie Padgett,
DeeDee Charnock, Gay Thorn, Teddi Curtiss & Sheila Wertheimer

Bella, an adventurous world-traveling faerie, changed her name to Kat-Sura after visiting the famous garden in Japan. So enamored with Japanese culture that she returned and built a Japanese-style faerie house complete with tea house and stroll garden. A leader of the faerie community, Kat-Sura invites all the faeries to stroll (or flutter) through her Japanese garden to learn about the plants. They also experience a tea ceremony in her tea house.
~ Wee Faerie Village: Land of Picture Making

10.12.12 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
10.12.12 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

If we opened our minds to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower.
~ Samuel Smiles
(Thrift: Or How to Get On in the World)

Oh my! Hurricane Sandy is coming up the coast from the south, there is another early winter storm approaching from the west (remember the Halloween Nor’easter last year?), and arctic air is rushing down from the north, and some meteorologists are telling us to brace ourselves for another “perfect storm.” Remember the one in 1991???

And so the excitement begins – Sandy’s going this way, no, she’s going that way! Where will she make landfall? Will she still be a hurricane when she gets here? On Monday “something” will be happening here on the Connecticut shoreline. So will she threaten our son and his family in Georgia on her way up here?

My sister called this morning wanting to know what our plans are. I worry about them up there in the woods surrounded by trees that might fall on the house. She worries about us down here by the sound and vulnerable to the storm surge. We know where to find higher ground, though, and the evacuation plan is in place should it be needed.

There’s concern over the full moon on Monday, and how it will pull even more water into Long Island Sound and cause major coastal flooding and beach erosion.

I love storms, as long as they don’t get too exciting. We will go out tonight and stock up on bottled water, peanut butter and crackers and canned sardines, just in case. And we’ll be keeping our eyes on all the weather reports!

10 thoughts on “Japanese Faerie Garden”

    1. It’s kind of funny – they’re now calling it Frankenstorm. Now it looks like New York City and New Jersey will be hit more directly than us, and the path could change again – who knows?

  1. I love those Japanese faerie gardens!

    Glad that you are getting prepared for Sandy, but I hope you and your son and family in Georgia aren’t impacted! It’s crazy that a storm could be so far reaching! I’m hoping my son in North Carolina is spared power outages and all that fun stuff. It would be a “treat” if Sandy behaved herself, and a strange “trick” if she pesters us all! Be safe!

    1. So glad you’re enjoying the fairy gardens, AA! I hope they won’t be damaged in the coming high winds and torrential rain. Wouldn’t it be nice if Sandy would change her mind again and go out to sea like all the other ones that developed this season? Looks like Georgia and North Carolina will be spared, but you might get some wild weather there in the DC area… You stay safe, too!

  2. My goodness Barbara that Japanese tea-house is absolutely beautiful and so beautifully made!

    Hope Sandy behaves and you keep warm and dry and safe. Didn’t realize that the full moon causes extra grief!

    I love your quote:
    I love storms, as long as they don’t get too exciting.

    1. The tea house is truly a charming addition to the fairy stroll garden! I had no idea that some fairies love to travel so far away from home. 🙂

      Yes, Grandmother Moon pulls on the tides in her set pattern whether there is a storm raising the sea level or not. Keeping my fingers crossed for a smaller amount of excitement…

  3. Hey how cute faerie houses ! in a little faerie garden!
    There is a full size tea house in Fairmont Park, I have not been there in years, there is a in a house in the Art museum as well, not faerie but hey we can imagine.

    As for the “perfect storm” I am glad everyone have been in communications and it is not your first time to fend off the weather. Will be sending you and family positive thoughts throughout!

    1. Thank you, Jeff, and I will be sending you and your loved ones positive thoughts, too.

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full size tea house – the idea of an outdoor room for only one purpose intrigues me, and the idea of a ceremony for the simple act of drinking tea is also fascinating. Far more grounding and in-the-moment than lining up at the Starbucks drive-thru for a cup of caffeine. The fairies are wise!

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