Fairies in the News

It always warms my heart when mainstream media redeems itself by reporting on the Fae. Indeed, both The Guardian and the BBC have given real coverage to a high controversy in Wayford Woods:

“Trustees say cherished elfin estate of up to 200 front doors, in Wayford woods, Crewkerne, is gobbling up too many tree trunks – and the spritely speculation must be hobbled.”

No, this is not a spoof but an actual debate about the pro’s and con’s of limiting the over-development of an elfin forest. Living in a home in which we are fast approaching the manifest destiny of portal doors, I completely understand the dilemma. After my next door arrives on March 28th, I really will need to make some adjustments, perhaps switching only to canvases lining our stairwell, since, alas, too many faery doors really can overwhelm a space! You can read two delightful, yet serious viewpoints on the doors of Wayford Woods by clicking the following titles, both from the Guardian:

Fairies’ woodland homes face planning control

Don’t do away with the fairies: we need to relearn our sense of the magical

Meanwhile, a bit closer to home, I have this faery news to report:

It’s official. Leprechauns are terrific cobblers. I mail ordered a pair of boots that arrived in January, but much to my disappointment, they were so uncomfortable on my left foot that I could barely walk for days after wearing them only a few minutes. I loved the boots (very faery and, in theory, great for snowy woods walks), but I just couldn’t wear them long enough to break them in. I tried multiple shoe inserts — gel, foam, arch support, ball support — yet the pain remained. Determined to keep these boots, I asked the faeries for help. They told me to ask a leprechaun for help, because “leprechauns are good cobblers.” I hadn’t heard this before, but upon research discovered that, yes, indeed, leprechauns have a reputation for fixing shoes! They also like to make deals (this I already knew).

True story here: a leprechaun appeared and offered to fix my boots — for a price. I asked the price, and it was an airline bottle of Irish Whiskey and seven quartz crystals. I had the crystals and left them outside, but I needed to procure some whiskey. Hey, I was desperate! David and I ran some errands in Mishawaka, and I explained my dilemma to him just as we happened to drive by a liquor store. He humored me, and we asked the clerk if he had any airline sized bottles of Irish Whiskey.

“Is Jameson alright?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” I said, looking at David. “Is Jamison ‘Irish Whiskey’?” at which point David nodded, then winked at the clerk and announced, “She’s buying it for a leprechaun!”

The clerk cracked up, and so did David, but for different reasons — the clerk because he thought it was a joke; David because he knew it wasn’t.

I got carded buying Jameson for a leprechaun!

When we got home, I placed the bottle between my boots, and the magical cobbler indicated it would take two nights. I had already placed the seven crystals outside. I left my boots alone for three nights, just in case, and I put a coin under the whiskey bottle as a tip. In all honesty, I must report that when I tried the boots on again, they no longer hurt my foot. In fact, they felt springy, and I wear them all around town now. They were fabulous for frolicking in huge snow drifts, and they make wearing skirts fun even on cold, windy days. I don’t know what the leprechaun did, but I would have to endorse his skill. In the event you ever fall in love with a pair of shoes that you simply cannot comfortably wear, you might want to inquire after leprechaun services. These boots feel extra magical now, like they squirt out pixie dust wherever I walk, and truly, I tell you, nothing else worked.

Leprechaun cobbled boots

Leprechaun cobbled boots

In even more personal news, I’ve been spending a lot of time inside with the magical portal doors, reading about faeries, the Feri Tradition, researching my novel, planning this year’s flowers, and doing this month’s special, “The Faeries’ Dream.” I snapped this photo of myself the other day, since my sweet Tania Marie had wanted to see what was going on with my crazy hair these days. I know people think I look like a faery, but this photo really caught me off guard:

Fae me

Apparently, we really do become those with whom we associate.

10 responses to this post.

  1. You look amazing, as always, Laura, and I love love love your Leprechaun cobbled boots. Your adventures always enchant me. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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  2. Oh, thank you kindly! xoxoxoxo

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  3. You are glowing Fae Queen!

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  4. Posted by Sherry on March 24, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Yes you do have a bit of Leprechaun in you …..lovely hair

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  5. Thanks, Amanda! Yes, between the odd glow and the hair part that makes me look like I have pointed ears, I did do a double-take. It’s kind of like how orbs show up in photos, but you don’t see them “in real life.” I swear I don’t really look much like this photo “in real life,” but perhaps that’s more my normal form, LOL!

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  6. Thank you, Sherry!

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  7. Posted by Barbara on March 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I need ask the question, did the lovely little Leprechaun fix your boot in the third dimension or your foot in the fifth? Beautiful, either way. Thanks, Laura

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  8. Haha, thanks, Barbara! Well, prior to seeking leprechaun help, I figured out a situation I was unconsciously empathing and “fixing” for someone, which made that particular spot on my foot a weak spot; however, after dealing with the empathic issue, the boots (and only the boots) still aggravated my foot until the leprechaun worked on the boots. Of course, I suppose he could have just removed the rest of the empathing, so, in truth I don’t really know for sure! Leprechauns are known as cobblers, though, less so for healing. Giggles, I’m just happy I can wear my boots!!!

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  9. Posted by Laura on March 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    So did the leprechaun take the bottle and the tip?

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  10. I was told to move the tip under a garden gnome. 🙂 When you leave out food or drink for faeries, leprechauns, etc., they usually just take the “essence” of it, without disturbing the physical part of it. I have known of rare instances in closed rooms in which the items were physically disturbed as a demonstration of “really happening,” but it’s much less common than the essence extraction. I poured the leftover Jameson in the shape of certain Runes over a garden bed. Tanis Helliwell’s “Summer with the Leprechauns” gives more information about this essence extraction, although it’s fairly commonly understood not to imbibe any food or drink left out for faeries, as it would be “dead.” If you’re sensitive to energies, you can actually feel when it no longer has any life force in it. So, to answer your question, no, but yes!

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