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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Do you believe in Fairies?


I make no apology for re-posting this from my old blog. It contains the most amazing photograph I have ever taken, and I'm still at odds as to how it appeared. I had my daughters with me at the time. Both have long, dark hair, and being the mud-magnets that they are, I NEVER dress them in white. Outside of them, we were completely on our own. This photo, you have to focus and really look to see - I missed it first time around, in fact so did most others - it wasn't until "Skinny Little Blond" left a comment that I picked up on it. Do you see a fair haired child dressed in white? It made my hair stand up on end. This image has in no way been manipulated, it is as I took it. I reproduce it again with the original post as I first published it:

Most people know we have fairies on our island. It's essential to wish them "Good Day" on passing, lest they play a trick on you. It's common knowledge you don't anger a fairy for they are far from benign creatures. Many tales abound of the mischief they can wreak. But it is also said that if you care to tie a wish to the fairy tree and bring it with a gift, miracles have been known to happen. It is not easy to reach the fairy tree, it is by the bridge that straddles the main thoroughfare from the north to the south of the island. Despite it's steady use, the road is narrow, and there is no pathway to walk, nor any room to park. However, those determined enough to do so still seem to find a way through, so intent as they are to cast their precious wish. But I have some bad, dreadful news for them, because you see I know a big, big secret, I know this is not where the fairy-folk really live!


In terms of the history to the island, this Fairy Bridge is a relatively new addition. It's all part of our government conspiracy to fool the hapless tourists! Fairies are much too shy and far too wise to live by the side of a road, the rea
l Fairy Bridge is located miles away (a five minute drive from our house, then a fifteen minute hike along an overgrown track). Not many people ever find it, the track you need to follow is little known, even if you do happen across it, if you blink, you would miss the entrance, as it has been very carefully concealed. It is marked on the old ordinance surveillance maps, but frankly, unless you've looked it up, you would be none the wiser. Despite all of this, it remains lovingly tended.

Enter through the archway and follow the river along a way...it will eventually wind you along to the bridge where the real fairies hang out. Not that you will see any, they can sense a human approaching before you even make it th
rough the archway. But you know they are there, you can feel it; hundreds of tiny eyes watching your every move. The birds love the fairies, and allow them to ride on their backs, that's why the glen is so lit up with their song. The fairy tree is laden with wishes, and a hollow in the bridge holds a shrine of gifts. Before you lay yours down, you mustn't forget to greet them, as they are very particular about that.




After laying your gift, all you have to do is to tie your wish to their tree, and hope that the fairies decide to favour you (they see in to peoples hearts, and don't favour everyone). They obviously favour someone though - for who else would dare to set up camp here?




77 comments:

Suldog said...

Darling Lass, your formatting is slightly whack. At least, on Firefox, as that's what I use. You have one bit running side-by-side with your previous bit.

You'll fix this, of course, and then this comment will be slightly whack.

Carry on!

Mushy said...

'Tis slightly whacked, but so are we - your humble readers!

Loved this the first time and it warmed my heart again.

To me, you are the fair lass in the photo and my wish involves the leather pants!

bubbles said...

dear shrinky..
i saw the fairy too...
keep snapping those shots.. beautiful they are, and the variety top shelf..
what a magical part of the world you live in.

we have fairies here in the U S as well. i have snapped a pic or 2 myself along the years.... most in my own garden, but also on hikes here in the Pacific Northwest, within the rainforest of Washington State. Primordial ancient trees,deep in the woods ... salmon berries and trillium... spontaneous lakes, all fairy territory. i always ask before entering. i really enjoy your site. cheers, bubbles

San said...

Shrinky, I'm on Firefox too. I'm glad Suldog commented about this, because I was convinced the Fairies had cast a spell on me. Or on my laptop, which would be worse!

I am nonetheless a firm believer in those mischief-makers, the fairies. Your photo is pure magic. That's evidence enough. Not to mention the mischief made in my life by Someone(s).

Too bad the distance between the fairy-wishing-land and me is a bit far for me to traverse right now. Wonder if I wrote my wish on a paper airplane and sent it flying, would the wind currents favor me?

Enchanting post, milady.

Shrinky said...

Ah suldog, I'm a complete clutz where it comes to anything technical - but luckily, after going with my begging bowl to chewy, she managed to fix things right again for me. Sorry if I gave you double vision there for a bit (wink).

Shrinky said...

Hey mushy, the bike races are on this week - I'm digging out those leather pants as we speak (grin). Keep taking the blood pressure pills, I'll keep you posted (giggle)..

Shrinky said...

BUBBLES!!!!! Hey everybody, say hi to my mate, she's left a comment (wheyhey!). I can't believe you made it in here - grinning from ear to ear.. why am I not in the least bit surprised you believe in fairies?

Shrinky said...

san, you may not believe this but today, as I was preparing the shed in readiness for our bikers, I found a tattered, battered paper airplane in the corner.. cross my heart and hope to die. Do you think wishes realy do sometimes take flight? Such a beautiful thought. Smile.

Jay said...

Aha! NOW I know which craggy island you inhabit! We were there in February/April a few years back, when they were filming Colour Me Kubrick on the roof of a hotel on the seafront of D ... Hmm. Maybe I shouldn't give it away? LOL!

And so we just missed being there long enough for Johnny Depp to turn up and I've been gnashing my teeth ever since.

I see the little girl - and the interesting thing is that she is between the stalk of grass and the water. Very eerie.

San said...

So my airplane got there! YAY!

Akelamalu said...

I love the photo and yes I can see the fairy but then I believe in faries. :)

Shrinky said...

I know Jay, very eerie indeed! Ahhhhhhh, Johnny Depp (be still my beating heart), I was so disappointed he didn't look me up ("His loss", she said unconvincingly, with a tear in her eye). Yes jay, I live in D.., shhh, (wink) thanks for keeping my secret!

Shrinky said...

San, it sure looks like it! (Eeeek!)

Shrinky said...

akelamalu, I think you HAVE to believe if you are to see them..

BRUNO said...

Well, it sure beats the hell outta what we find in the woods around here---I'd prefer fairies any ol' day over meth-lab left-overs!

On the other hand, last week WAS different. Found a real, live dead cadaver, about a half-mile off the levee road, in the middle of a cotton field.

We figger he pissed-off some of our visiting biker-fairies, workin' at their honeysuckle wine distillery, maybe...???

Hilary said...

What an enchanting post.. woodland fairies and some of the coolest blog people commenting all in one place. No lack of magic here.

CHEWY said...

Shrinky Dinky,
I do believe in fairies. I do believe in fairies. I do. I do. (looking over my shoulder)

Shout Out to BUBBLES! Woo-Hoo!

Colour Me Kubrick - Aah, that's the movie I wanted to rent. - The Libertine, (the other movie) I've bought. And... I still don't like him.
Depp fans must see that movie.

phaseoutgirl said...

Hello my dear friend,

Thought it was time to pay you a little visit!

My mother always said "God made all things visible and invisible" and fairies are sometimes visibe, sometimes invisible, so I definitely believe they exist!

It is good to read your blog, as always. I cannot seem to bring myself to go back to mine, so my hiatus continues...

But, I have opened a new site for my photos, which you can see here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/27002843@N04/

Have a look if you have time!

Miss you!
:)

pat houseworth said...

We have had our share of "fairies" here in Ohio...but they don't seem to bother anyone, so we say "live and let live"

;)

Scott from Oregon said...

Ummmm....no ma'am. I don't.

I beleive in light playing tricks on ya though...

Alex L said...

Ah the classics, I remember this. Maybe you should see that 'shutter' film that just came out, deals with the same type of thing.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

I remember this from the first time you posted it, and I marveled at it then. Taking a cycnic's eye to it, I can explain away the white dress as tricks the reflections in the flowing water always like to play on camera's. But strain as I might....I can find nothing to explain the blonde hair........

In your hands, the camera finds it's voice, and speaks volumes. In my hands....it's best use is as something to throw at big dogs in case they attack me.

Jay said...

Bruno - yikes! A real live dead cadaver! Bet that gave you a shock! Biker fairies! LOL! Shrinky, see what you've done?

Chewy - I still haven't seen CMK, but I'd like to. The Libertine... aaaah! What a performance. I don't like him, but I feel desperately sorry for him. *Sigh* Shrinky, have you seen that one? If not, you MUST!

Shrinky said...

Oh bruno - what a horrible thing to discover! Ye Gods man, I can't turn my back on you for five seconds, can I? Hope you are alright?

Shrinky said...

Ah hilary, I am very blessed to have such a wonderful band of friends dropping by my site. Smile.

Shrinky said...

Hi Chewy,

I haven't seen CMK either, but having Mr. Depp in it AND with it having being shot on the island, it's a must see for me.

Shrinky said...

Cecilia my friend, where have you been hiding yourself? It's so good to hear from you again, how are those two gorgeous daughters of yours these days? I must check out your flickr site..

Shrinky said...

haha! Y'know Pat, I don't believe Craggy Island has any variety of those fairies over here at all.. more's the pity. Smile.

Shrinky said...

Yes Jay, I did see The Libertine, by a strange coincidence Chewy and I both watched it in the same week as each other, so I was able to discuss it with her. I loved it, but it left hubby cold. Smile.

Shrinky said...

Aw scott, you are no fun!

Shrinky said...

Hey alex, I haven't even heard of that film, I'll keep my eye open for it (smile).

Shrinky said...

Oh Dan, you flatter me! I simply pressed the shutter, is all. But I would never throw my camera at anything, not even to save my life, they'd have to kill me first..

quilly said...

I grew up in the deep, dark forest. Of course I believe in fairies! They were my primary playmates as a child.

Easybreathingfella said...

Hi Carol,

Worth reading again do you think the Fairies might smile kindly on me If I was to pop over to say hello.

Mind you knowing my luck the only fairy I'd meet would be called Cecil and walk with a swagger.

Loved your post as always.

Luv

Keith.

CrazyCath said...

An enchanting post Shrinky! Fascinating photos and great commentary. As always.

CJ said...

The picture made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. What an interesting post. I do believe!

BRUNO said...

In re: to JAY & SHINKY both---no, it's not an everyday occurrence, but it actually isn't all that unheard of, either---especially in our poorer southern counties, and on into the state of Arkansas.

Most are victims of floods. Some, like the poor fella I mentioned earlier---who knows? Wrong place, with the wrong people, at the wrong time, maybe. Not many witnesses in a 400-acre cotton field, 'cept for the birds!

And even THEY aren't "stool-pigeons"...!

david mcmahon said...

O Talented Shrink-Queen

Loved this the first time around.

Love it this time around ....

YesBut said...

What a great photograph, full of atmosphere.

Shrinky said...

wow quilly, sounds as though you had an enchanted childhood..

Shrinky said...

Cheers Keith, you are too kind, as ever (smile).

Shrinky said...

Hi cath, hope all's well with you my friend, I must pop over and check in.

Shrinky said...

hey cj, great to see you in here. Yes, I have to confess this photo has certainly given me a lot of pause for thought. Spooky!

Shrinky said...

Oh Bruno, I must come over and find out what's been happening with you. I've been neglecting my old friends as of late, not getting over to visit as often as I used to to. I have our bunch of bikers staying this week, things have been a tad hectic - but I'm on my way over (promise) x

Shrinky said...

Wow, yesbut - coming from you, I take that as high praise indeed - thank you, kind sir.

Shrinky said...

Hi David, things have been a bit manic around here, so I guessed reposting was probably better than not posting at all.. shrug.

SandyCarlson said...

The fairies are on this island, too. We have seen several but we pretend not to have seen them because they prefer not to have been seen. Your photo verifies are thoughts on the matter.

Rachelle said...

I love this picture. I remember the broo-ha-ha from the first time you posted it.
I think it is an enchanted photo, and that you must have fairy blood, since they let you photograph one of theirs!

Slainte my friend~
Rachelle

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

I waz ownly tinkin abowt this foto the uther day! It waz lukky to get it. I don't understand wat the image is either! But it's spooky in a nice sorta way.

Come see my berfday vid soon, Shrinky! Wa-heyyy!!!!

Lee said...

Loved the story, Shrinky! Yes, I believe! Lucky you to have seem them. :) Nice pictures and yes, I can see the fairy in it. How exciting!

Joy!
Lee

Dilly said...

Hewo Shwinky!

Dilly bleev fairys!
Fairys in pwitty pwinsessy dwesses!

MWEAH!

¬"

i beati said...

I believe you have to be in perfecet synchronicity to be visited by fairies.. sk

Mary said...

It is the most amazing picture. I always believed in fairy folk. My father taught me to be a cynic but it rarely kicks in.

CHEWY said...

What exactly do fairies do?
do-be-do-be-do

Maalie said...

Of course I believe in fairies (and wood nymphs) what with the Festival of Litha (Summer Solstice) just around the corner...

Helena said...

I keep coming back because I love these photo's!

San said...

Shrinky, I've returned in search of a new post, but this one was so sweet to revisit.

I've put up a virtual tour of my gallery over at my place. It's long. Bring snacks and a bottle of water. Our high desert air is thin and dry.

Celebration of Life said...

Shrinky: I love this post! I believe in fairies and collect their replicas but never imagined there is a place where one can visit, leave a gift and a wish! What kind of gifts do they like?
Jo

Les Becker said...

I'm so glad you reposted this! I love looking at it. Freaky, though...

Anonymous said...

Peek-a-boo, guess who?
Looking for some fairy dust before my wings turn to rust. (tee-hee)

How's them bikers treating ya?

Shrinky said...

Hello Sandy, I can tell you well experienced on these matters - I wonder if our fairies have any distant relatives over at your end?

Shrinky said...

Hello Rachelle, how lovely to hear from you.. it's been ages since I caught up with you - I'll come over soon, put the kettle on!

Shrinky said...

Hey there BT, how old are you now? I'm on my way..

Shrinky said...

Hi lee - it is kind of spooky, isn't it? I have to confess I never drive past Fairy Bridge without remembering to wish them a good day. Smile.

Shrinky said...

Dilly, I have no doubt whatsoever that our fairies would love to play with you..

Shrinky said...

oh i beati - the fairies are very fickle, I think it really depends on their mood at the time (wink).

Shrinky said...

I'm with you Mary, my heart always over rules my head in these things..

Shrinky said...

Well, I was rather hoping you might tell me that Chewy (giggle).

Shrinky said...

Oh maalie, some folk have all the fun around these parts - I'll be thinking of you. Enjoy!

Shrinky said...

Hi Helena, um, yes this post has been up for a little while now.. think I need to do something soon - smile.

Shrinky said...

Oh san, I've been neglecting not only my blog as of late, but also all my friends - I really will come over just as soon as the dust settles, I promise!

Shrinky said...

Hey Jo, I had no idea you collected fairies! I'm not totally sure, but I do believe our fairy folk are most partial to gifts of the home made variety..

Shrinky said...

Hey les, who are you calling freaky (shove!).

grin.

travistee said...

I remember this post from your last blog...it's every bit as fascinating the second time as it was the first. Thanks for reposting!

indicaspecies said...

An interesting and intriguing post.:)

Fireblossom said...

Wow! That's simply an amazing picture!

I saw a movie just a couple of weekends ago, called "Fairy Tale: A True Story", about these two English girls who claimed to have taken fairy photographs in 1917. I had seen the actual photos before, having a lifelong interest in the odd and unusual, and to the modern eye, it seems amazing anyone took them seriously, but the movie is terribly charming and I loved it.

Personally, I choose to believe in your fairies. :-) How else to explain unexpected good fortune and a little magic falling into one's life?

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