Monday, 23 February 2015

The Fairy Bed Book - Chapter 1 - The Adventures Begin!

A shaft of golden sunlight slipped between the curtains waking Sophie from her dream. She opened her eyes and yawned. What was that dream she could never quite remember them? She got up,dressed and crept silently downstairs. 

Jolly the dog wagged his tail as Sophie patted his head and together they slipped out of the back door and ran across the farmyard. The morning dew soaked her trousers as they  made their way over the water meadows to the river.

The river glistened on the early morning sunlight as sophie snuck into her camp. Dad had built a little house for her in the branches of an overhanging willow. Sophie climbed inside and removed the secret viewing panel. she wriggled forward on her tummy and gazed down. There hidden among the water mint and kingcups was a ducks nest. There was a clutch of nine soft blue eggs partially covered by down. Mother duck was out having a paddle. 

Sophie was disappointed she was hoping they had hatched. she longed to watch the fluffy ducklings tumbling about on the water.

Sophie was about to turn away when she thought she heard a tiny cry and then a splash. she looked hard and saw to her surprise a tiny basket no bigger than an egg cup went bobbing past. 

Quick as a flash Sophie reached out and plucked the little basket from the water before the current whisked it away. The basket was cunningly woven from the stems of rushes and inside was a tiny blanket. Suddenly the blanket quivered and Sophie realised that the basket contained a tiny child.

In her surprise she almost dropped it. The tiny child was dressed in Kingcup petals stitched together with cobweb thread. The child gave cry and Sophie looked back towards the large clump of Kingcups desperately searching for the parents. Nothing stirred, but the more Sophie looked the more the patch of Kingcups seem to resemble a sort of house, or even a palace. There were minute openings in the stalks which looked like windows and lower down the stems seem to have been woven together forming walls and even battlements.

Surely I would have noticed this before thought Sophie. She carefully put the basket down and turned to look again at the amazing house, but when she looked back the Kingcups were just a mass of untidy stems and flowers. Am I looking at the same plant thought Sophie? Am I dreaming? The tiny child was crying and Sophie picked up the basket and gently rocked it back and forth. Immediately the crying stopped. Sophie looked back towards the Kingcups and there, as clear as day, was the palace. This time however she saw movement.  A line of tiny figures each carrying a miniature bow and a quiver of arrows came marching into view. 

Chapter 2 to follow next month...

the turbulent world of Life

Well blow me down with a feather my little world has changed!! After 12 years in Wiltshire we have finally upped sticks and moved. The house and workshop were simply too small so after a year searching we have  found an amazing new home  and workshop in rural Devon.

The whole rigmarole of moving is finally behind me and I am now focussing on the year ahead. Orders from the winter fairs are starting to show, and despite the upheaval, the workshop is up and running(albeit a tad chilly!!). In fact even as I type this the snow is falling making me wish I had insulated the roof of the workshop first!

My office window now looks across the valley to the woods while my dogs curl up next to the heater. I have even got a space for a small showroom so anybody can come and visit, but please call and make an appointment first.

Well new years resolutions and all that I have decided to be better at the communication side of things and try to write a blog at least once a month. It is good discipline and I really rather enjoy it!! Also I have decided to blog my book about the Fairy Bed as well, so check it out after this

This year we are trying to consolidate the ranges so a toybox for the sea range is in the offing and the castle bed is due a slight upgrade, and if time allows a toybox to complement it as well.

I am very excited also that I am joining "" who saw me at the Country Living Christmas Fair in London and wanted me to come on board. I have been rechecking my photographs to make sure they are up to scratch for them. I will post again when I am up an running with them.

Lastly for this post I want to thank Julian and Louisiana, and Martin and Kathy for giving us such a warm welcome to the area, it really does make a difference when people are so friendly.