Fairies In My Garden

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Footsteps, yarns and little fibs

Submitted: June 25, 2016

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There were once two girls who managed to take photographs of fairies in their garden! They used old fashioned technology and the black and white photos they took even fooled the experts. Unfortunately when the girls became elderly women, they admitted to the world it was all a hoax!

Tragically with the onset of age, they must have lost their childhood spirit! But we only have their word that they doctored their photos, so there is really no reason to doubt the existence of fairies – is there? Could those elderly women have succumbed to the conspiracy of the mature?

Each tooth that came out when I was young was exchanged under my pillow for a piece of silver, a three-penny piece! My mother told me it was the fairies that made the exchange! My Mum would never tell fibs to me!

So at least twenty times in my young life, some fairy or fairies worked under my pillow, in a confined and I suppose dangerous place, to make the exchanges. And quietly too!

Then there is Tinker Bell to think about! Peter Pan and his fairy friend have been childhood heroes for generations! Who among us do not believe in them? Only cynics!

There are fairies in my garden! Of that I am sure, even though I have never seen them – you can’t see the wind, but you know it is there! Isn’t that so?

Fairies have to be so careful, maybe they can even become invisible, because the garden is a dangerous place for them! Fairies are probably prey to the abundant birdlife in my garden, especially when the ground-dwelling Californian Quail are running around! But the fairies in the way of nature will have developed ways to protect themselves – camouflage, invisibility and perhaps even magic! So of course I never see them.

I know that fairies are around though, because I have found their toilets! Little red star-shaped things they are and the thing is…. Well they stink! I have no idea what fairies eat but my oh my, what they leave behind isn’t very nice! And the flies!

We forestry people have another name for a toilet but let’s be polite! We see these fairy toilets regularly as we go about our duties in the forest and because we are curious folk, we study them – often holding our noses! None of us though have ever actually seen a fairy but logically, if there are fairy toilets, then there must be fairies!

The small, red forest fungi Aseroe rubra takes advantage of moist conditions in the forest and gardens. It has the official common name, Anemone Fungus - never used by foresters though, we have our own!  The fungi uses a smell similar to faeces to attract flies, which is the method they use to disperse their spores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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