Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Gnomes From Woodland Grove, Part 2

One evening, the young gnomes Bobby and Sue were enjoying a bit of teeter-tottering (as they do most mornings, afternoons and evenings) in the front yard of their home in Woodland Grove. Grandma and Grandpa were inside getting dinner ready. The light breeze wafted the scents over to Bobby and Sue, making their tummies grumble but both had a smile on their face. Their father had just returned from chopping wood and began to work on getting a fire started.

Bobby and Sue play on the teeter totter while Zookned prepares an evening fire

Out of the corner of his eye, Bobby saw a big, beautiful rainbow that had appeared in the empty lot across the path. He stopped teetering and said, "look over there, Sue. Isn't that the most beautiful rainbow you've ever seen?" Sue turned to look, still raised in the air on the teeter totter, and agreed. Bobby then furrowed his brow and said, "wait a minute, we didn't have any rain and there aren't any clouds in the sky. Why is there a rainbow?"

The empty lot across the path

Before Sue could think of an answer, the rainbow had begun to pulse and the colors had begun to change. The silent sky was suddenly a bustle of noise caused by this curious rainbow. Bobby and Sue began to feel very scared. Rainbows are not supposed to pulse and change colors and they are definitely not supposed to make very loud noises! As the noise grew louder, the children called out for their father. "Daddy! Help!"

Zookned rushed over when he heard his children cry out.

Zookned rushed over when he heard his children cry out and looked up at the pulsing rainbow that they were looking at. "Look at the moving rainbow. Can you hear the noise it's making?" questioned Bobby. "Why is it doing that, Dad?" asked Sue. Zookned scratched his chin in confusion. He did not have an answer for them because he had never seen anything like this. Rainbows are only meant to follow the fall of rain, they remain a solid color and they certainly do not make any sort of racket like this one was.

The noise had grown so loud that both Grandma and Grandpa stopped what they were doing and ran outside.

The children's cries had grown louder as the clattering of the rainbow grew louder. The noise had grown so loud that both Grandma and Grandpa stopped what they were doing and ran outside. Grandma rushed to the scared children and held them, trying to sooth their fears. Grandpa stood next to Zookned, both observing the pulsing rainbow with no answers between them. The noise was a combination of what seemed to be many things, mostly clattering and clashing, but it now carried voices too - none of them were able to understand what was being said, but there were surely a collection of voices making their way down to the bottom of the rainbow in the empty lot which was now bathed in bright, colorful light and hard to see.

Unable to figure out what was going on, they all just watched the strange rainbow continue to pulse.

Unable to figure out what was going on, they all just watched the strange rainbow continue to pulse faster. Finally, the clattering and crashing and mix of voices began to quiet and it all seemed to culminate at the bottom of the rainbow. The empty lot was bathed in light, too bright to see but Zookned had a feeling that whatever all that racket was had now ended up in that empty lot.


The Gnomes From Woodland Grove, Part 1

Gnomes are mythical creatures and very family-oriented. When the mother of little Bobby and Sue passed away three years ago, Grandpa and Grandma Fern moved in to help raise the kids. It wasn't easy but with the family all together and love in their hearts, they survived. 

Leeann "Grandma" Fern
Zane "Grandpa" Fern

It was hard work but as their mother always used to say, "even hard work can be fun with the right attitude." Bobby and Sue would sing and dance as they helped their grandparents clean the house and the yard. Of course Grandma and Grandpa joined in on the singing and dancing. Once the chores are done, Bobby and Sue are allowed to go outside and play on their teeter totter; their most favorite thing to do. Grandma's favorite thing to do is to sing songs with the children and teach them new ones while Grandpa's favorite thing to do is tell the kids stories - sometimes scary ones. 

Zookned, father of Bobby and Sue
Bobby and Sue play on their teeter totter

While their father is a very hard worker, providing for his family, he always makes time to play with his children. There is not a day that goes by that the Fern house is not full of singing voices, laughter and a good story. Zookned is like his father; he also likes to tell the children scary stories. Bobby and Sue enjoy even the scary stories and although they may have heard a particular story multiple times (sometimes Grandpa forgets he's already told a certain tale), they would act just as surprised or scared as the first time they heard it.


Friday, February 20, 2015

FAQ: Fairies Answer Questions - Answers

Last month I introduced a new segment to my blog, opening up the floor to my readers by asking them to send in their questions about my fairy garden. I received one question as a reply to that post but will also be addressing a few other questions pulled from other posts as well as my google+ page.

We will begin with a question from Nichole O. who wrote: 
"I read about the Queen and the Princess and have even read mention of a neighboring communities King and Queen but I wonder; where is the King of your fairy garden?"

That is a very good question! Some may have wondered the same thing but just didn't ask, so I'm glad it was brought up. My fairy garden does have a King and, no, I have not posted about him yet but will take the time now to explain. Queen AmberLynn is married to King Cormac Mac Fidaig who prefers to go by the title King Mac. He is alive and well but has been away from the community and its subjects for over a year, dedicated to visiting the many fairy communities around the world. As you can imagine, a trip like that would take quite a while and the Queen is expecting his return in six months (which is why she is so set on the new upgrades to the community being finished before then). 

The King did not take this trek alone, and just like with the local fairy community tour that the Queen recently returned from with Princess Jezelle, he had ulterior motives. This royal family is a family of four and the last to be introduced; Prince Finn Mac Fidaig who is known by all as "Little Mac." Community tours are essential to the upbringing of a good royal as they offer a peek into how other communities are run and organized, and the family hopes that this tour will inspire Little Mac to be a great leader. The Queen is anxious to hear from her son about his trip, hoping that he has met a princess or two that has caught his eye.

Unfortunately I do not have a photo of either the King or Prince, but when they return I will be sure to do so, after I tell them all about my blog and the people on the internet who are interested in them!

Back in December, a Google+ follower by the name of Herbert S. made an concerning observation; a lack of male fairies in my garden. 
"Seems that you would need a few males to keep the fairy population going." 

I would like to put everyone's mind at ease. It is true that in my blog and photos, not many males have been captured but I assure you that there are plenty in the community. Most male fairies have been hard at work on construction and I tend to stay away so as not to disturb or distract them. I know how important it is for the renovations to be completed before the King and Prince return and because of certain impromptu projects (ex: five new arrivals in December), I know that they are hard at work to meet that deadline.

Finally, a follower on Google+, Fensterfarm Greenhouse, asked if I had a YouTube channel. In fact, I do. I am slowly reaching out to new avenues on the internet and YouTube is one of my newest - the account is only three months old and there are only a handful of videos uploaded, but just as my blog slowly went from a crawl to a waddle, so too will my YouTube Channel (with the help of my grandchildren, of course). The link to my YouTube Channel as well as my Fairy Garden FaceBook page are always on the bottom of most of my blog posts. Be sure to check it out!

Thank you to those who submitted questions and for those of you who still have questions to ask, be sure to keep an eye out for the next FAQ! (Here's a hint: it will be next week)


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day

I asked Queen AmberLynn if I could decorate her throne area and take some photos today for the upcoming holiday, Valentine's Day. She laughed and laughed and when she finally caught her breath, said "you know that fairies do not celebrate that holiday, right?" I replied that, yes, I did know that but I wanted to make a festive post for my blog and keep up with the holiday themes.
She nodded her head, smiled her sweet smile and said "that would be alright with me but quickly because today I am helping with the construction of my new housing."

The Queen sits in the middle of Valentine's decorations, finding it hard to keep her wings from fluttering with excitement thinking about her new housing.

Not only have the flowers surrounding the Queen's throne bloomed nicely,
but the courtyard flower are also coming in and should be in full bloom shortly.

On my way back inside, I saw a family of mice. They introduced themselves to me before I asked to take a photo. Thomas and Rosie (L to R) were new in the community and brought their son, Tommy. I was able to capture their Valentine gift giving (because mice DO celebrate Valentine's Day). I found out that the family is currently staying with a fairy family who has taken them in until the rest of the new homes are built. They hope to move into a home that is red and white because those are Rosie's favorite colors.

Thomas has given his wife, Rosie, a bouquet of her favorite roses and a red heart-shaped box full of cheeseballs while her son, Tommy, has found one large rose to gift as well.