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The Magick of Trees

 

Dark Hedges in N. Ireland

Trees are nature’s oldest living magick. I’ll always treasure the grand memories of my Daddy taking me by my hand and letting me tag along on the many strolls we took through different forest paths. A true  highlight of my childhood, while I learned about nature and the magick of trees. I’d  watch the squirrels and other creatures scurry about and make nests in the towering giants these critters called home. 

Whether strolling thru the enchanted woods where I envisioned the fairies playing and hiding beneath the caps of acorns, and knew the wee people and leprechauns lived; or else riding thru a shaded tunnel of mystical towering splendors – their magick has played a gigantic role in my imagination.

 

A few favorite fairy trees:

The Sacred Oak is not only king of the forest, but considered the most favored “home” of the fairies.20151002_084358 The golden flowered shrub called Gorse (also known as furze) is most definitely a fairy favorite. They love to hide among the thorny limbs, a treasured safe haven.Looking out at the ocean

The Hawthorn was once used for decorating May poles, and is still used in the making of wands for protection. It was also once considered as the witches tree.  Holly and misteltoe are just a few sacred trees of the Druids, and important to the Winter Solstice. 

Fairy Tree in N. Ireland

I’ve attached a photo I snapped of a fairy tree in Northern Ireland – the stone is placed around the bark to keep sheep and other animals from rubbing against the bark. These trees are not to be cut down for fear of angering the fairies and bringing bad luck upon yourself.  Lilac is also favored by wood nymphs as well as fairies

 

 To help Wee Darby celebrate spring and the release of his first book, “The Magick of Wee Darby”, we hope you enjoy this wee snippet:

“A brisk breeze rustled the large oak tree’s golden brown leaves. The sun’s bright rays filtered through the swaying branches. Darby stood quietly and admired the vibrant colors of the spectacular forest harvest. They shimmered in rich earth tones of reds, yellows, oranges, and purples. Mother Nature had certainly outdone herself this year as she speckled beauty through the woodland with her magical brush painting on a live canvas.”

To find Wee Darby on Amazon, click here:  The Magick of Wee Darby

 

And last, but definitely not least – Wee Darby decided to share a wee bit about one of the most magical trees of all – and one of his favorites – the silver apple tree!

Back of Wardrobe (N. Ireland)

  Not only is this enchanting tree considered as  the Tree of Youth, but is also well known as the famous magical healing tree planted in Digory Kirke’s backyard, which was later chopped down and made into the wooden wardrobe . . . . .

The magical gateway to   Narnia. 

 

 

 

Wee Darby has a very special post planned in May – so stayed tuned . . . as you won’t want to miss this one 😊   ****    For a chance to win a free e-copy download of The Magick of Wee Darby in time for Easter, please leave a comment and let Wee Darby know what you thought of our post.  What a wonderful preview of what to expect this fall for his 2nd release – when Wee Darby visits the North Pole.   Bye for now . . . . . . . 

 

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My Mum

My Mum

patty-in-kiltI’m extremely thankful I had parents who encouraged me to believe in myself, and have respect for both their heritages. I was not only fascinated by my Mum’s magical stories of the “wee people”, fairies, dragons, Selkies and more – and to this day,  I’ll always treasure the memories of how I loved snuggling next to her, while she read to me out loud,

“The Chronicles of Narnia” written by C.S. Lewis (an author from Belfast Northern Ireland).

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Patty in front of “The famous  Wardrobe”

I am thrilled and honored to share my first author article, published by the Herald Mail, where you can click here to read:   http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/life/invitation-to-book-signing-is-author-s-dream-come-true/article_a5e3e8b5-a52a-5e96-a09c-2388ab612e73.html

Wee Darby and I hope you can stop by for a wee bit and visit us next Saturday, at Turn the Page Bookstore, in Boonsboro Maryland!   Please feel free to leave a comment for a chance to win a free ebook copy of Wee Darby’s first book – The Magick of Wee Darby, to help us celebrate!

 

Bye for now . . . . .

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Meet Wee Darby

Wee Darby’s excited!pattys-wee-darby-sculpture I’m thrilled to announce that his first book,

The Magick of Wee Darbypattys-coverwill be available for sale and autographs

at

 “Turn the Page Bookstore

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in Boonsboro, Maryland!

on February 4th, 2017

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We hope to see you there!

Please make sure you drop by Wee Darby’s new Facebook page

@ Wee Darby and his Magical Friends

 and say hello

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This is the perfect season to be working on my North Pole adventure, when we’ll discover if Merlin can fly!   Stay tuned for updates as Wee Darby and I introduce some new characters . . . get ready to hear more about Jasper, Wilbur and two loveable Samoyeds

 

 Wee Darby, Kalista, Pantera and Merlin

wish everyone a magical Holiday season!

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The Magick of Fairy Thimbles

Do you believe in fairies?  Wee Darby and I most certainly do!  Have you ever noticed a sparkle of tiny lights or gotten a quick glimpse of flickering movements from inside flower petals or beneath a cluster of  wildflowers?  Or  even “thought” you just “might have heard” some giggling or sounds of  flutes playing soft whimsical tunes, while taking a stroll by fragrant, colorful flowers, that made you smile for no reason?   If so, the next time you decide to go outside and enjoy the beauty of nature, you might want to take a closer look . . .

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Glens of Antrim, Bluebells, Portglenone Forest, Ireland

Glens of Antrim, Bluebells, Portglenone Forest, Ireland

 

Have you ever heard the legend of the Bluebell Fairy Thimbles – then you’re in for a grand surprise when you read about the fairies that live in the fields of bluebells, which grow wild in Ireland and Scotland. Wee Darby and his fairy niece, Pantera, are delighted to share a wee bit about the magical lore . . . .The legend tells of fairies that live among the bluebells growing in charming meadows and visited by hares (rabbits).  And humans, (or Krindles, as the fairies call us from what I’ve learned from Wee Darby), should be careful not to disturb or pick these flowers – you never want to anger the fairies – as they can play tricks on you.  Its been told how people even believed that witches turned themselves into the hares and hid among the precious plants to keep out of sight and danger. Make sure you ask permission first – the next time you get the urge to pick the precious plants . . . .

You might be surprised at just “what” or “who”  you might find . . . . . .

Here’s some lovely flowers I took photos of on my visits to Ireland and Scotland – I felt certain the fairies would love to hide in these . . . . take a closer look, you never know. . .20150927_061611fairy-flowers

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Wee Darby and I are delighted you stopped by, and encourage you to please feel free to leave us comments, and let us know if you enjoy the site.  We hope everyone decides to join us again in October, to help us celebrate the release of “The Magick of Wee Darby”!   We have quite a few surprises coming up next month – just in time for a Fall Harvest celebration and Halloween!   We promise, you won’t want to miss it . . . .  Bye for now

(A Lovely illustration of my wee Pantera, (a fairy with tiny wings, who can’t fly), on her first official visit to a pumpkin patch in America) (drawn by the talented, Elise Trissel)

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to pre-order a copy of The Magick of Wee Darby, available on Amazon

as of October 1st,click above on the title 🙂cover_full trim_

 

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A wee bit of Fairy Magick

Wee Darby, Pantera, Kalista and Merlin wish to invite you for a special fairy post next weekend, September 11th to discover a few surprises coming in store for the official release of “The Magick of Wee Darby

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the fairies don’t want you to miss it!

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Check out Wee Darby’s surprise – his very own book!  We can’t wait for everyone to meet his friend, Kalista, a miniature dragon, and a fairy named Pantera.  You’ll have to read the story to find out more about Merlin and a few other of their magical friends.  I’ll be posting the release date soon!cover_full trim_All images are copyrighted and protected.

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