Saturday Snapshots: Come Away to Fairyland

Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy…” – William Butler Yeats

Spring has begun this month, and with it, the Once Upon a Time Challenge on Stainless Steel Droppings (my launch post here)…and so I have fairyland on my mind.  I’ve never climbed through a wardrobe, been abducted by the Green Wind, or fallen through a rabbit hole, so I can’t share photos from the various places those routes would take you 🙂 and cameras probably wouldn’t work anyway.  But as regular readers know, I have gone rambling about Kensington Gardens, where Peter Pan flew to when he “ran away from home and lived a long, long time with the fairies.”

Part of the fun of the Gardens is that there are no plaques or ceramic fairies or touristy things to point out the different sites of interest.  You have to take a quest, with J. M. Barrie’s The Little White Bird as your guide, and find the magic spots yourself.

Fortunately, the fairies seem not to object to cameras!

P1010296If you look closely, you can see one of the “paths which make themselves”–at night, of course, which is when everything really magical happens in the Gardens.

P1010608These are flowers along the aptly-named Flower Walk.  Barrie tells us that fairies caught abroad by humans will pretend to be flowers.  His advice on the best way to spot a fairy is to stare at a “flower” until it can’t help winking at you.  (I don’t know what that would look like either!)

18 Branch of BeechThis is the branch of the Weeping Beech in the Flower Walk, where Peter Pan spent the night immediately after running away from home.

P1010308If you can’t find some fairy dust, and reliable directions on how to fly past the second star to the right, you can at least go see the island in the middle of the Serpentine.  Peter spent some time living there too, until he built a boat and (eventually) learned how to fly.

The Gardens are not the most exotic or showy of fairylands, but they’re certainly the most accessible–and they are every bit as charming as J. M. Barrie.

If you feel like visiting fairylands, even in books, why not join up with the Once Upon a Time Challenge?  And of course, you can also find more Saturday Snapshots on At Home with Books!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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14 Responses to Saturday Snapshots: Come Away to Fairyland

  1. Your photos are so lovely, and it’s so long since I’ve been to London – you’ve made me feel homesick for the south of England. No Snapshot from me this week, because I only got back from Mum’s yesterday, but I like to see what everyone is doing!

  2. Janel says:

    I love fairy lore. It always makes me smile when I find fairy circles at my local park.

  3. Louise says:

    Such a lovely peek at Kensington Gardens.

  4. stacybuckeye says:

    I love that they have not turned into a tourist trap and that you can still experience it as it was meant to be!

  5. irene says:

    Fabulous walk.

  6. joyweesemoll says:

    Delightful post! Kensington Gardens are definitely on my list when I finally make it to London.

  7. I just love Spring. The flowers are beautiful. Have a great day!

  8. Bellezza says:

    I love your ohotographs, and I’m sure you captured the image of a faerie or two. At least I think I saw them when I looked closely. Such a harbinger of Spring to view these lovely images. In Illinois, where I live, we’re expecting snow tomorrow. Can faeries live in snow?

  9. dianem57 says:

    The flower walk is my favorite photo, but I also like the one showing the little path through the grass. Very nice!

  10. Eugenia says:

    I wouldn’t mind living in Kensington Gardens, myself. Except in winter, of course.

  11. That looks like a fun and beautiful place to visit! Thanks for sharing the pictures and a bit of the stories behind the fairies!

    Here’s my SATURDAY SNAPSHOT post.

  12. What a lovely walk down fairytale lane….you are fortunate to have experienced it! Have fun with the challenge.

    Here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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