If you have young children then I bet you have been exposed to a little fairy magic somewhere. Perhaps an activity at playgroup, a fairy walk or fairy garden on a nature trail or maybe you have your very own fairy space in your house or garden? Here at Coombe Mill the fairies have waved their magic over us and we have a whole series of interlinking Fairy Gardens accessed by a lovely homemade entrance with twinkle lights at night.
Reclaimed from an overgrown wilderness space next to our Coombe Mill car park these Fairy Gardens are now an enchanted area adored by our younger holiday makers. Each week I watch as little trinkets and ornaments move around in there being rearranged during imaginative play, each child returning to the gardens in the belief the fairies have been busy again!
Here in our activity hour on the farm we make new things to decorate the trees each week which keeps the gardens looking fresh and full of intrigue. A dressing up box of fairy and wizard outfits in our reception adds to the sense of adventure and imagination for the children and I love how this space is evolving all the time.
There has been one significant absence that I keep pestering my handy man and husband Farmer Nick about and that is some Fairy doors on the tree trunks and newly made mushroom stools. I have been collecting examples on my Fairy Garden Pinterest board to try to inspire him, but it just hasn’t yet made the top of his very long farm to do list. To my delight myownfairy.com has come to the rescue. They have a range of magical Fairy doors in pretty colours made from treated wood. Not only do they look cute but they include a special key to the door and some fairy dust together with a certificate from the fairies and instruction leaflet on how to entice a Fairy into your home. The colourful packing is delightful and designed to spark imagination from the moment you see the box.
I couldn’t wait to open ours and see the magic that lay within. The doors can be used inside or out; they would look wonderful on a high skirting board or small cupboard door however they are also coated for outdoor use in the garden, though you will need to retreat them regularly if they are left outdoors. A tree trunk, planter or even garden fence would all be perfect. Priced at £19.99 they would make a lovely birthday gift or treat for any little one wanting to develop their imagination. I can recommend a look at the website for lots of magical ideas including the option to join their Fairy Club.
After a tour of the Fairy Gardens here at Coombe Mill I decided to place our Fairy door against one of Farmer Nick’s newly carved magic mushrooms, my children helped me to create a little pathway and we placed the key on a jutting out wood piece near the door, the instruction manual suggests leaving the key out overnight and if it has gone my morning you know a fairy has moved in which I think is a lovely idea.
Then our imaginations were off and we experimented with a leaf path and the door on the Bug Hotel, against a tree stump and even on a stepped path up to a telegraph pole!
Wherever we placed our door and sprinkled fairy dust it brought a glittering splash of colour to the gardens; now I want to save for a door in every colour to bring imagination and wonder to our Fairy Gardens.
The lovely folk at myownfairy.com have a special offer for Coombe Mill Readers this summer
WIN your own Fairy Door
For a chance to WIN a fairy door from myownfairy.com follow the instructions below.
Good luck to all taking part, we absolutely adore our new addition in the Coombe Mill Fairy Gardens and I’m sure you will too.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.