Midsummer Fairies in the Forest

Part of our midsummer celebrations this year included a walk and a picnic in Glen of the Downs, or 'The Fairy Forest', as my girls call it. The day was grey, but warm and we had our visitors with us as we entered the woods and made our way to the fairy castle.

Before we left the house there was a flurry of activity as the girls decorated little wooden wands with stick-on 'diamonds'. They made one for each of us. Even the Dad's got some adorned with their 'favourite' colours.
My girls wore the Midsummer flower crowns I sewed for them last year and I made a new one for our little visitor Mary to wear. These headpieces are stored all year in the 'Summer Box' waiting for our solstice celebration, just like the spring eggs and bunnies are stored in the Spring box, the Autumn box hides the corn dollies and Hallowe'en  decorations and the Winter box keeps the Yule candles and the Advent Calendar safe. We look forward to each one being opened in turn, but we are really enjoying high Summer right now.
Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me!
Anybody home?

Devo, played a wonderful ogre and had the children shrieking with delight all afternoon.

I made the fairy wand fruit kebabs with blueberries, grapes and an apple heart on top for our picnic. I didn't get any good pictures, but they went down a storm!

The following day, we intended decorating some fairy houses (which Devo ended up building out of an old garden trellis in the end) but the day looked like this:
and it seemed that the right thing to do was to go to the beach and worship the midsummer sun from there!

We will, of course, decorate the fairy houses another time and I will certainly tell you all about it - there are some lovely plans for a fairy village coming together but there are some distractions at the moment -like my Grandmother's 87th Birthday, a visit to a friend in the countryside, a coffee morning with some mama friends, a day out with a dear friend and her 'big-girl' twins and my sisters' upcoming nuptials (in less than 2 weeks!!)

Parental leave is wonderful so far!


  1. i love this idea for a girl play date. making wands and running around the forest! i love it!

  2. Thanks so much Nichole & Chan! We had a great day x

  3. I love the way you mark the seasons. Such a special thing, and your girls will always remember it.

  4. Thanks Maud. Well Sábha told me it was her favourite day EVER, so I do hope she'll remember it for a while at least :)

  5. Absolutely magical! Thank you so much for linking up to Discover & Explore- what a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons and enjoy the forest!

    1. Thanks so much Stephanie and thanks for hosting the link up, there are some wonderful ideas shared. Love your site!


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