Tree of the Fairies

???????????????????????????????We love the blackthorn tree in spring.  With her delicate white flowers glowing like fairy lights, she reminds us that the magic of Nature is bringing light into dark places.

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???????????????????????????????The fairies who look after the blackthorn tree are called Lunantishees.  For some reason they don’t like it if you cut a branch or stick from their tree on May 11 or November 11 – they get very cross, and anyone who does it gets punished.  Why anyone would want to do it, I’m not sure – if we need a stick to play with, there are plenty on the ground – but there’s no accounting for the weirdness of humans.

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At Hallowe’en, when her branches are black and bare, the thorn tree is associated with approaching death…

…talking of which, I thought my last moment had come last Sunday.  I was walking through the woods with Annabelle and Pearl when a great wolf-like beast sprang onto the path and attacked me.  I tried to get away, but it wouldn’t let go until it had made several holes in me, including a big one in my chest.  I had to go to the vet and have stitches under anaesthetic, and I’m still feeling very sorry for myself.

Annabelle thought it was a malamute or a husky, but I’m not so sure.  Why wasn’t it accompanied by a human?  And how come it appeared from nowhere, and vanished from sight when it had finished with me?

Annabelle may claim it was just a pesky husky with an irresponsible owner, but I can’t help thinking it was some terrible mythical monster come to claim my life.  Whatever it was, I hope we don’t meet again – I may have a few grey hairs, but I’m way too young to die!

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22 Responses to Tree of the Fairies

  1. raisingdaisy says:

    Oh my goodness! I feel sorry for you too! I hope you recover quickly – many healing thoughts to you!

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  2. honeybee29 says:

    :O D: 😦 How awful!!!!!
    It is Autumn here (hot then cold) it’s confusing 🙂
    Anyway- get better soon 🙂

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  3. My goodness Millie! Here is to a speedy recovery-and best wishes to you, Pearl and Miss Annabelle for Easter! Jack Henry and Hubble are anxiously anticipating their hard boiled eggs!

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  4. We’re just back from our Easter visit to Annabelle’s extended pack in Cardiff, and I’m pleased to tell you I’m feeling much better after a weekend of Easter treats – chicken, bacon and sausages galore! We’re not allowed chocolate, but we didn’t even miss it with so many good things on offer.

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  5. Oh dear, that’s terrifying. My Jack Russell was recently attacked on a walk by an alpha dog on the loose. Tears and blood were shed at our house, so I can sympathise. Hope all’s well now. 🙂

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  6. Thank you, we’re feeling a lot better now – hope your little one is, too.

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  7. Beautiful blackthorn. I love the contrast between petals and twigs, without any leaves. Glad to see from the comments above that you’re feeling better, too.

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  8. The blackthorn’s almost over now 😦 and so is my ordeal – stitches out on Friday, yay!! 🙂

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  9. Oh poor baby, I am so glad you are feeling better now. We have also been enjoying the beautiful trees as they blossom and bloom during our warm spring weather.

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  10. Thank you for following us. I’m glad to say my war wounds have completely healed and we’re really enjoying our spring walks – yesterday we went to the woods and I reckon Annabelle must have taken about 20 photos of bluebells! 😀

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  11. Mags Corner says:

    Oh, wow!! That is a beautiful tree but that was not a good experience for you all. Sure hope all those holes have healed up nicely and you do not fear walking now. That was awful!! Hugs and nose kisses

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  12. Thank you – the holes have gone, and so has the fear, thank goodness. It takes more than one naughty dog to put me off my walks! We’re just waiting for this April shower to pass so we can go out. Love ‘n’ licks, Millie x

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  13. You are one tough cookie, Millie. Maybe luck was on your side, but I’m guessing since you have such a vast appreciation for all the fairy folk and bide by their rules, someone may have lent you a tiny hand.
    Glad to hear you’re recovering. What an adventure!

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  14. Fairies can be great friends if you keep them on side – they’ve saved me and Pearl from many a scary situation!
    Thank you for visiting us 🙂

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  15. Lesley says:

    Poor Millie and poor Annabelle. That must have been terrifying for both of you. I’m glad you’re on the mend. Hugs for both of you.

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  16. Thanks! We very much hope Douggie the Doggie is feeling better now, as well.

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  17. Mags Corner says:

    All of these pictures are great! That little one with the pink shoe is adorable. Hope the showers have gone and you have been for a nice walk. Thank you so much for the hugs and for commenting on Snookums page. Hugs!

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  18. The weather’s lovely now, warm and sunny – we’re trying to make the most of it as good weather doesn’t last long here.

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