I love all the moss and roots and secret places. Just the sort of places you might find fairies, especially on Midsummer's Eve.
Tonight we had colored lanterns and watched for fireflies and there was a secret note tied up with string written in a fairy hand. Our friends brought new potatoes with dill and sour cream and delicious cold salmon- a traditional Swedish Midsummer dish (I was told). Madeleine read Mercutio's speech about Queen Mab from Romeo and Juliet then the grownups sat around the fire late into the night. Everything was wonderful.
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love.
The past few days we've kept these books about.
A Flower Fairies Journal
Several years ago I had to buy the Deluxe Book of Flower Fairies. It contains Barker's detailed illustrations and accompanying poems. The fairies are divided into season and there are notes about each plant and a nice end note about the traditional meanings and uses of plants.
Cicely Mary Barker 1998