Fairy Door Fun {Ordinary Moments Week 31 – 4/8/15}

Last Wednesday J and I decided to go on an adventure to Furzey Gardens which had been recommended to me by a colleague. In the past I have been a little reluctant to take her to new “big” places on my own as she can be a bit of a tearaway at times and she loves running off. On top of that the hubster likes to explore new places with us too so we generally wait until he’s off though this time I decided I was going to be big and brave and have a day out with my girl and off we went to look for fairy doors

I was told that there are approximately 40+ fairy doors in the gardens and that although it wasn’t a huge place to visit it was quite mystical with all of the plants, fairy doors and structures throughout to keep everyone in the group entertained

We first entered into the gardens and J and I found a couple of doors, some pretty flowers and a scarecrow which she said to me was as high as the sky and as high as daddy (even though it was seated!) She even asked me to take a photo of it so we could show him when we got home

This fairy door was by the entrance
This fairy door was by the entrance
With the really tall scarecrow
With the really tall scarecrow
Taken with my new camera, not my SLR. I've been told its a bridge camera which is  effectively a mix and I have to stay, I love it!
Taken with my new camera, not my SLR. I’ve been told its a bridge camera which is effectively a mix and I have to stay, I love it!

Shortly afterwards we found a “giants table” and J promptly climbed up and sat on it with some other children, happily chatting away to them and telling them all about her impending trip on an aeroplane to Disney. She really is very cute at the moment, all she tells people is that she’s going on an aeroplane and she will see Nemo and Mickey at Disney – we best not let it disappoint!

Sat on the Giants Table
Sat on the Giants Table

After a refuel we soon found a tall tower den structure which she climbed up quite happily and looked at the sights from the top. We also found a fairy house with lots of glitter outside it and when J asked me what it was I started telling her it was glitter and a little girl nearby promptly put me in my place and said “no, it’s fairy dust”

That told me (!) and I continued to use the fairy dust explanation for her throughout the day suggesting it meant the fairies were home and the dust was from them flying around. I’m still desperately working on the imagination fun with her as she really likes imagination play. This time it was all about telling her that the fairies were in bed or out for the day, and that’s why their front doors were locked (I can do this…)

The first fairy house we found
The first fairy house we found
Letters under the fairy door to the fairies
Letters under the fairy door to the fairies
Climbing up high in one of the tree towers
Climbing up high in one of the tree towers

The gardens were lovely, and reminded me of a secret garden with several fairy doors hidden away under trees and in the shrubbery, as well as lots of tree houses and dens. Inside each den and treehouse there were very small wooden ladders which J was intent on climbing throughout our time there

She is very adventurous and kept asking me to join her but I couldn’t because it was child sized and the ladders really scared me (that’s the H&S professional in me I’m sure!) I wish I was as adventurous and fearless as she is, but for now I’ll watch and interact with her whilst she’s high up and I’m down below

This was one of the tree houses, it was very well built and she went right to the top!
This was one of the tree houses, it was very well built and she went right to the top!
Very high up. I was so nervous with all of her climbing but she took it in her stride and followed my instructions on how to get down safely
Very high up. I was so nervous with all of her climbing but she took it in her stride and followed my instructions on how to get down safely
My girl is so adventurous
My girl is so adventurous

We stopped for lunch on a patch of grass and she snuggled right up to me. We have had quite a bit of one on one time recently as the hubster has been out for a couple of evenings and it really feels like we’ve bonded more and that mother daughter closeness is finally starting to show

The time at Furzey Gardens cemented this as she stayed with me throughout the day and chatted to me as we went exploring, and even held my hand on our adventure without me even suggesting it

Casually having a snack sat on the bench
Casually having a snack sat on the bench
Taking a well earned rest
Taking a well earned rest
“mummy there’s a fairy there!”
Hiding in one of the ground tree houses
Hiding in one of the ground tree houses

There were lots of insects and we saw lots of bees buzzing around happily doing their business which was really nice but with fields, flowers and visitor attractions also comes wasps. These I am not fond of at all, and neither is J so it seems. On a couple of occasions a wasp came pretty close to her skin and she freaked out and started crying hysterically (I checked for a sting but nothing was present so all I can assume is she simply cannot stand them)

It takes everything in me to stay calm when there’s a wasp, but I’ve been known to be the main attraction for them in a group (I swear it feels like they seek me out!)  and I have an allergic reaction to their sting.  I’m in the process of teaching J to stay calm and walk away slowly, and refuse to give her fizzy to further deter them but we will see how it goes, it may be that she’s inherited that from me too!

Another one of my flower shots with the camera
Another one of my flower shots with the camera

After lunch we decided to look for a few more fairy doors and went into the small meadow field. J was starting to tire and asked me to carry her a few times which I started to do to save her little legs. I hadn’t bothered to bring the pushchair so we left mid afternoon but only after having an ice cream at the giants table (it would be rude not to)

We only saw 10-15 fairy doors and probably two thirds of the gardens. Whilst it’s not the biggest gardens I’ve been to, there’s lots of small sections within it, and I really wanted to go at her pace and not rush around them. Not seeing it all last week means we can go back at another point and explore the other area and perhaps find some more doors and have another adventure

Another fairy door and house
Another fairy door and house
This photo really freaked me out when I looked at it on my camera, I took it from ground level as it was a little fairy tree house lit up, but when I looked at the image on my camera I swear it looked like a body
This photo really freaked me out when I looked at it on my camera, I took it from ground level as it was a little fairy tree house lit up, but when I looked at the image on my camera I swear it looked like a body
On the fairy boat
On the fairy boat
We actually got a postcard of this fairy door so she could show her Nanny Sharon the following day
We actually got a postcard of this fairy door so she could show her Nanny Sharon the following day
Love this castle fairy door
Love this castle fairy door
These are the towers she went up, not the best picture I took, but a rough idea
These are the towers she went up, not the best picture I took, but a rough idea
More fairy doors found
More fairy doors found
There was quite a variation in doors, so it kept it interesting. Some of the older children had different types of maps and it was sort of a fairy door scavenger hunt, but we just looked for whatever we could find!
There was quite a variation in doors, so it kept it interesting. Some of the older children had different types of maps and it was sort of a fairy door scavenger hunt, but we just looked for whatever we could find!
More fairy doors. It became a bit of a competition although this was the last photo of the rounds as she really was starting to flag
More fairy doors. It became a bit of a competition although this was the last photo of the rounds as she really was starting to flag

It was one of my favourite days out with J in a long time, and although the hubster wasn’t there to enjoy it, it makes it all that bit special for me that it was just me and my girly having some fun out in the sun with imagination and the odd sprinkle of fairy dust

Furzey Gardens - 10
I love this photo of her just happily walking on
my beautiful girly spark out after a lovely fairy door fun adventure with mummy
My beautiful girly spark out after a lovely fairy door fun adventure with mummy

Linking up with Katie at mummydaddyme for Ordinary Moments

And Fiona at Coombe Mill for Country Kids

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

And Katy and Jenna for the Happy Days linky
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13 thoughts on “Fairy Door Fun {Ordinary Moments Week 31 – 4/8/15}

  1. What a delightful post. I am in the process of trying to make some fairy doors at Coombe Mill This has given me lots of new ideas. Your camera looks a real success as was taking your daughter on your own for the day, the houses were just perfect for her to climb in and out. Thank you For sharing with me on Country Kids.

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  2. What a magical experience for your little lady.

    I love my bridge camera too (although, technically it’s hubby’s, but I use it more!) 😉

    #HappyDaysLinky

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  3. Had to google this to see if it was near us- gutted it is so far away as G would adore this! To be honest I would love it too!! How magical!!! Thanks for joining in #HappyDaysLinky x

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    1. Ah such a shame it’s so far away, perhaps one day you could book a trip to Hampshire and do Peppa Pig World, the New Forest and Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth x

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