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

18 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. You are glowing Fae Queen!

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    • 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    • 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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  5. 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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    • 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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  6. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

    This is the leprechaun cobbler post I looked for yesterday. It used to have a photo of me looking very much like a leprechaun myself; however, that photo evaporated from my blog. Here’s the post minus the photo — only mentioning because the comments mention it. I still wear and love my faery combat boots, nearly six years later.

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  7. I can’t resist:

    “Fairies Wear Boots”

    Goin’ home late last night
    Suddenly I got a fright
    Yeah, I looked through a window and surprise what I saw:
    Fairy with boots are dancin’ with a dwarf
    All right now!

    Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
    Yeah, I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies
    Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
    I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes
    Oh, right now!

    Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
    Yeah, I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies
    Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
    I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes
    Allright now!

    So I went to the doctor to see what he would give me
    He said, “Son, son, you’ve gone too far
    ’cause smokin’ and trippin’ is all that you do”
    Yeah!

    Song: Fairies Wear Boots
    Artist: Black Sabbath
    Writers: Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi

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  8. Posted by Mary Anne Beers on March 20, 2021 at 12:07 am

    I loved your recommendation. Over the years I have not purchased certain shoes Because they hurt some of my toes upon trying on. Well, now I know I just need to ask the leprechauns for help! This delights me, as I love all these mighty and wee beings that keep enchantment alive and humming for us all!

    P.S. love the boots

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  9. Loved this…. and the boots… and great value if you still are getting wear out of them.. 🙂 Fairies …. I have little doors I painted in my garden plus a naughty elf who keeps changing places in the garden who stands still if any one watches..
    Shame the photo vanished… 🙂

    Wishing you Well Laura…. Much love your way my friend ❤

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