Magic Bramble patch
Here at the Sanctuary we are preparing to give thanks for our bountiful harvest by holding a shared supper out on the hill under the full moon at tonight’s Autumn equinox.
We have been out gathering blackberries and making bread all day.
The Fairy bower has been decorated with marigolds, hawthorn berries and hops.
We have dried plenty of marrigolds this year so their smiling faces can carry the summer sun with us through the coming Winter months.
In the centre of the bower is a wicker abundance basket . All the fairies have placed gifts inside, wrapped in moss, of things that they would like to pass on as they no longer need them.Its a lucky dip as each fairy will later take a turn to receive a new gift from the basket.
The autumn fruits and vegetables are laid out ready for the feast. Apples, pears,blackberries, marrows, courgettes and squashes and of course many of our delicious root vegetables from the local allotments.
A special treat tonight is the raspberry honey mead brought back from a honey farm in Wales we visited last week.Usually fairies must avoid alcohol but tonight we will take a tiny thimble full to share.
We will give thanks to our garden and woodland friends as we celebrate love and friendship in our harvest. Bees, hedgehogs, wood mice,butterflies, bats and beetles to name but a few. After all what could be more valuable than knowing you are loved and supported by your friends.
As we light orange candles and reflect on areas of our lives that we would like to balance, the Fire sprites will perform an amazing dance round the flames. Its always spectacular at this time of year when they are in their element and the sword balancing always creates a gasp of admiration from the audience.
Many materials have been collected over the year and now is the time to start our shared weaving project. Wisps of wool, silk, dried flowers, grasses and moss. Angels hair, sparkles, glitter and fairy dust will be woven together by us all to make a beautiful blanket. It will take us all winter to complete with each fairy weaving a small panel depicting a special event, gift or experience that has meant a lot to her. Once the panels have been woven the patchwork will be sewn together with the threads of friendship. Next spring we will lay it out on the hill as we gather together for our spring equinox celebration.
I can smell Autumn in the air tonight like toffee apples.
I can hear the trees rustle as fairies brush past in a hurry. Leaves twirl and somersault to the ground where waiting pixies and elves collect them to make winter homes.
Acorns will be planted in pots tonight by moonlight, tendered and nurtured here at the Sanctuary by fairies until they are big enough to be transpalnted in their new woodland or garden homes.
Time to go now and get the bread from the oven as the hedgerow fairies have just arrived and are looking hungry.
The Fairy Sanctuary will be thinking of all our friends and supporters tonight and giving thanks for your generosity and open hearts.
To everyone who has re homed one of our fairies, visits us in their imaginations or helps protect our habitats we thank you.
Mother Earth’s blessings be yours as we share a harvest of love and friendship together.
Heed Ye Flowers
Bush and Tree
By The Lady