It is a tradition to make fairy houses at midsummer. It is the time they will visit your garden to celebrate the Summer Solstice, singing and dancing into the wee hours.
The morning of the solstice, both Emily and Toby raced around gathering as many little things as they could to make their tent…
It was lovely to sit beside them as they created a tiny world fit for Titania, Oberon, Cobweb, Peaseblossom and Mustardseed.
They got very excited throwing ideas into the air, catching them and bringing them to life. I must admit, I LOVE midsummer preparations.
We had a rose-petal path, edged in pieces of rose quartz (which would shimmer in the moonlight) with plenty of butter cups. Toby insisted we fill a small bowl with petals to infuse water so they could have a rosewater swimming pool…
Rhubarb leaves became the floor, dolls house finery graced the tables, created with the shells from My Little Atelier.
We had a Faun’s recorder (as Toby calls them) for music, a lantern for light and one of Toby’s prized slices of crystal for the dancefloor.
But why the donkey short? Well, later that evening, after tea, when we ate some of the first lettuce from our garden, we watched A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It occurred to the kiddiewinkles that Bottom was missing from our fairy palace and that we must find the little wooden donkey fast! I am sad to report that he is still missing.
We did not get to enjoy an evening of jumping the flames of a bonfire this year which very much upset Toby, as we had promised he could for the first time this year. Sadly, before the evening wore out the wild Welsh winds began to whip around the garden and the rain began to fall. We protected the palace as best we could, but it did suffer some damage during the moonlight hours.
The children were still left little silk pouches with little crystals inside by the Fae, though whether or not they got to enjoy the palace we will never know.
Ordinarily, when it goes dark, I put a little circle of tealights in the garden and wake the children to show them the dancing fairies from their bedroom window, but this year it wasn’t possible.
They still had a wonderful time though, and that’s what counts.
Did Titania and Oberon visit you this Summer Solstice?