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Posts Tagged ‘Pirate’

All thoughts of the immanent departure of the Frost Faeries has been temporarily pushed to the back of my mind. The package that practically fell on my head is sitting  on my lap, nicely wrapped in green silken cloth and tied with yellow twine. Sunny is pulling at my hair with an urgency that says: what are you waiting for!!

“Ouch! Oh wait just a minute” I  shoo Sunny away so she darts over and lands on my shoulder, but she can’t sit down because of her excitement, so she paces back and forth. The package is heavier than the Big Book of Gnome Names that I received last week from my brother, the rogue pirate, Captain Rancid Randy, the Scourge of the Seven Seas….aarrrg! (his words, not mine) It was wrapped in stained brown paper and tied with brittle twine.

I see when I get the package unwrapped that it consists of  a bundle of boards, some moss, staples, something sticky, a jar of glitter, and several little bolts of fabric in all different colors.trunks-1

There is a note, it reads:  Please take care of these supplies. We have sent them ahead of our arrival so that they would be there for us to begin building our new home in your garden. We will be bringing our other bags and traveling trunks with us as they hold our personal belongings. On another note, would it be asking to much if we might stay with you until our new home is completed? We are looking forward to beginning our new life with you, we hear that your garden is lovely. Until then, brightest blessings, Warren and Odette.

How polite, and what tidy handwriting. After I finished reading the note I looked up to find no less than twenty faeries hovering over my shoulders, grinning and hugging each other, and swirling about making their iridescent gowns swish this way and that . Wow, I guess I did make the right decision, they are excited and they won’t even be here.

Ferne immediately shoots over to the tree and begins clearing more ivy and piling  up small pebbles with renewed determination. Three or four other faeries follow and soon there are rock chips and leaves flying everywhere. I watch them and wonder how I’m going to tell Bill that we are going to have twelve inch tall house guests.

Wrapping the small bundle up again, I walk toward the opening in the ivy and lean in so I could put my ear close to the hole. There are a lot of rustling sounds coming from the other side. I wonder what could be going on over there? I’ll take a quick peek…..Oh!…..

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

It’s hard to tell if I got a message through to my brother, the rogue pirate, Captain Rancid Randy, the Scourge of the Seven Seas…(aarrrg! His words, not mine). I have decided that I would benefit from having a couple of gnomes to tend my garden, that way I could go on vacation and still have lovely flowers to come home to, not to mention the fact that they will be able to help my faeries understand humankind a bit better.

Yesterday I sent a message to the rogue pirate, Captain Rancid Randy, the Scourge of the Seven Seas…(aarrrg!) asking if he knew of any gnomes that would like to relocate to my quiet garden. I figure that if he is in league with gremlins he would probably know a few other of the wee folk in the area.

I’m standing here now by the mail box waiting for the mailman, of course it’s a little early yet but…oh! Floating down out of the sky, not two feet in front of me is a package that, from the look of it, was hastily wrapped in stained brown paper and tied with twine. I hold out my hands to catch it. It’s quite heavy and is attached to a parachute of ragged old sail cloth (must be from my brother, the rogue pirate, Captain Rancid Randy, the Scourge of the Seven Seas….(aarrrg!)

Ferne is particularly excited, she would love to have a gnome or three to converse with about snails and soil and fallen leaves, or just about anything else to do with nature. She has been waiting with me, doing a faerie imitation of pacing…flitting back and forth, back and forth, and when I catch the package she lights on it and begins to rip at the corners. I had to shoo her away and tell her to just sit on my shoulder and be patient. How thoughtful of him to sense my urgency and dispatch his reply by sail-mail.

After having to send Ferne away a few times I finally get the wrapping off. It’s “The Big Book of Gnome Gnames”. In it are the names of every gnome and the names of their cousins, the brownies and the hobgoblins (there are a few Leprechauns in here too) then it goes on to tell which gnomes live under what burrow and what the preferred mode of communication is (it appears to be dragonfly). That could pose a problem.

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Rilley & Quinn

I opened the book and a couple of photo’s fell out with a hastily scratched out note, “these are two likely candidates”. The first picture is of a lovely couple seen here relaxing in the mid-afternoon sunshine.  On the back of the picture, written in tidy handwriting is “Warren & Odette outside their burrow in the Swiss Alps. Hobbies include: hat making, mushroom balancing, and snail racing”. I flipped the picture over and showed Ferne. She politely clapped then pointed to the other picture. “Oh, you want to see the other pair?” She gave me a huge grin and nodded.

This next picture is of a couple of hardy looking lads, brothers I’m assuming, their names are Rilley & Quin. On the back of the picture, in scratchy print it say: “adept blacksmiths…references upon request, address to: the gnome in charge, third hollow log past the pond in the Black Forrest”. Nice and to the point, “what do you think Ferne?” I don’t really have to ask because when I look up at her she is whipping around my head doing her best imitation of snail racing (which made me dizzy to watch). If nothing else, faeries teach you patience.

This isn’t going to be an easy decision to make, they would both make a nice addition to my garden. The brothers could repair the latch on my gate, but having a little lady gnome would appeal to the faeries more. I’m going to have to sleep on it. I really must send a thank you note to my brother, the rogue pirate, Captain Rancid Randy, the Scourge of the Seven Seas….(aarrrg! his words, not mine).

© 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.