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I have been spending a lot of time standing at my kitchen window watching the fairies come and go out in the garden. It’s cold outside right now so I can’t spend as much time in the garden as I would like but this gives me the chance to observe them without making them too nervous. When spring comes I will sit quietly on the porch to continue making my notes. It’s curious, I see them almost all the time now but no one else seems to notice them, I can only assume that you need to develop your fairy vision before you can see them.

Out of all the fairies that come and go there are five that are constant. Sunny, of course is the first fairy that I met. She has curly golden hair and her gown is hazy blue and white and stops just above her ankles, out of all the other fairies she is the one who likes to tease the most. She will flit back and forth, playing hide and seek, then pop out at you when you least expect it.  She always has a mischievous grin on her face.

Arial is willowy. Standing taller than the rest, her auburn hair hangs down to her knees. Her gown has long bell shaped sleeves, the skirt billows out and has a long flowing train behind it. The colors are iridescent shades of purple and violet. She will take charge of the group if the need arises. I have seen her dart after a blue jay if it gets to close to a robin or raise the alarm if it tries to go after another unsuspecting fairy. Arial is the independent one in the group, she is the one that does most of the investigating (I think they sent Sunny to me first because they thought that her friendly teasing manor would be less likely to surprise me).

When I saw Arial last, she was bringing Bella and Pip with her through the break in the ivy hedge. Bella was all smiles! She couldn’t wait to get into the garden to play. Her short yellow dress was a striking contrast to her long, jet black hair and she wore a necklace made of tiny shells and pearls. When she was left to play on her own, she immediately started making holes in the snow and splashing in the puddles of water left where the snow had melted.

Wherever Bella is you’ll find Pip. You can’t miss Pip! A little shorter than Bella, Pip has the brightest red hair, that seems to glow whether she is in the sunlight or not, and she takes great pride in matching her gown to the color of her hair so that the effect is a single shooting blaze of red. It is really hard to see where her hair leaves off and her gown begins, that is of course unless she is hovering quite still, and right in front of you (which, I have noticed, she has a hard time doing!) Pip is curious, she wants to know about everything, and she has boundless energy. I think that the reason Bella and Pip are always together is because Bella is the only other fairy that can keep up with her (maybe it’s the red color that gives her so much energy).

And last but not least is Ferne. Ferne has short dusty brown hair and she wears a short, light green blouse with darker green pants that have scalloped cuffs and a belt around her waist that seems to be every color all at once. Stuck in the belt is a small flute. She is the only one of the group with pants instead of a gown, I suppose that’s because you will most likely find her crawling around on the ground with the snails and potato bugs (I swear that it looks as if she is talking to them) or up in the bird nest that’s in one of our Hawthorne trees trying to entice a sparrow to come over so that she can ride on it’s back. After all, it wouldn’t be lady like to be cavorting on the ground or climbing trees in a skirt! As I watch her right now, she is up in the tree hanging out on the tip of a branch, catching the rain in a jar as it drips from the bottom of a berry.

The two things that all the fairies have in common, no matter what color their hair is or what colors they wear, are that they all have bright sky blue eyes and their wings are all a clear, sparkling, iridescence, and it doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or dark, their wings always sparkle and glow.

© Tami Ruesch, The Misty World of Arial Hollyberry, 2009.

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For those who would rather listen, you can find all of the audio post in one convenient place, just look under the tab "Faeries in word and song". These are arranged from earliest to most recent so that you will be caught up on all the adventures. Turn up your sound!

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"Kind One?"
"Yes Arial..."
"You forgot something."
"I don't think so Arial, what are you talking about?"
"look at the bottom of the posts!"
"I still don't...wait a minute...oh of course! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, what ever would I do without you."

Arial wants me to point out that you can also listen to each post by playing the audio at the end of each posting.

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Fun Fairie Facts

You Know a Fairie is Present When...

You hear a whispering of leaves.
You see a whirlwind.
You feel a tingling sensation in your hair.
You have an unexplained loss of time.
You laugh uncontrollably, or feel exceptionally silly.
You see blades of grass bending when there
is no one around.

The Most Likely Place for Fairie Portals Are...

Lake shores
Islands
Glades in the forest
Where two roads intersect
Fences and border hedges (this is Arial's favorite)
Stairwells, hallways and landings
Tidal pools
Bends in a road
Thresholds

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I would like to give special thanks to Gail Schimmelpfennig for allowing me to put her wonderful poem "Seeking the Muse" on my site. You can read her poem in the fairy poetry section under "Fairies in Word and Song". Gail is Utah State Poetry Society's 2009 Poet of the Year, and I'm proud to say, a dear friend. You can find her on FaceBook where there is a group for the Utah poets.