Friday, August 13, 2010

Faeries Friday - Nerida

This is Nerida, who perches on a shelf outside my studio's largest window. I found Nerida waiting to be adopted by me in a little shop in Coos Bay, Oregon. I spotted her in the shop window and immediately went inside and asked her if she wanted to live in the mountains of California with me. She said "Sure, as long as I can take my book with me!" I assured her she could, and I told her I even had many more books that she could borrow. She lives inside my studio in the winter, as do all my garden faeries. None of them are dressed for winter weather!
If you look closely, you can see the Cape Arago lighthouse in the distance. People in Oregon are supposed to be notoriously hateful of Californians, but we didn't encounter any of that attitude at all.

Anyway, Nerida has been happily reading in my garden for years now. I have several other Faeries that also like to read (they will make their appearance in later posts). I think they've formed a book club! I'm always finding books left in the garden (they seem to be partial to murder mysteries, gardening books and, of course, Faerie tales), and the Faeries never seem to be exactly where I left them...


  1. Coos Bay, eh? You know Steve Prefontaine came from there? I edited a book about him once and the name is etched into my consciousness.

    Nerida is very lovely, and I'm glad you bring them in for the winter. It's the sort of thing I would do.

  2. No, JJ, I didn't know he came from there! I couldn't leave my faeries out in the winter; they'd fade and crack and be very cross with me, I'm sure. That's something I could do without!

  3. I always suspected that you lived in an enchanted place.

  4. Thank you, Vicki. I think you live in an enchanted place, too, it's so beautiful there.

  5. She is absolutely charming. I'd love to have her outside my study where I often sit to read.


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