Enchanted Woodland Wardrobe

At last, the ranger tent is finished and decorated ready for the special woodland themed day to celebrate National Camping and Caravanning Week with this free event.

The day kicked off with wand making, followed by a faerie tea party and dog show, then a walk to Doon Hill, a real faerie hill where we took gifts and wishes to the faeries and learned some woodland magic along the way.

Thank you to all that joined in and hoped you enjoyed it, along with the weather - it poured down the next day!

Seth as Robin Hood and his oak wand (empowered with strength)!
Wand Making
This included learning about the ancient Druid calendar and their wise and magic trees before letting the 'wand choose the wizard'. (I had previously asked the dryad or tree spirit for permission before cutting them in the first place :-)  The wands were trimmed to about the length from the wand owners elbow to finger tip then shaved and sanded (which helps to infuse the new owners energy) and finally decorated. Decoration included marking the wand with an ancient ogham symbol which was the druid's alphabet for the trees, then optional further ancient alphabets from either the witch's theban or Viking's runic alphabets. Wands could then be decorated with further goodies and optional gems, stones and waxing later when they go home.
Note to remember new wand owners - only direct good spells through your wand or the spell will backfire on you threefold! Also remember to keep the wands clean by giving them a moonbath (soaking them in the full moon energy and light every full moon - this is also a good time for wishes :-)


Mmmmm, faerie cakes!!!

Dog Show
The elven boss, Lesley and Fingal the witchy dog
Kera and Penny dressed as Poison Ivy
Bertie won the 'Waggiest Tail' - well he is a puppy!
Sophie the Spaniel won 'Best Trick' - she sat brilliantly :-)
Ellie won 'Best Dog in Nature'
Faerie Hill Walk
Doon Hill and 'The Minister's Pine' - we didn't see Reverend Robert Kirk who is said to have disappeared into the faerie realms in 1692 (actually Katie in the red is sat right on the faerie portal at the bottom of the tree where he was said to enter this realm) but was he watching us with the faerie Kee and his friends?
I told everyone a bit about the Kirk mysteries and showed them an updated version of his book 'The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Faeries' where he wrote about the secrets of the fae after being invited to by the Seelie Court of the Sidhe (pronounced shee) in an attempt to help improve understanding of the fearie races and to clear any unnecessary fears of this mysterious underworld.
Winners of the fancy dress competition, Hattie, Frankie and Adam, adding their wishes to a scots pine tree on Doon Hill.  It's traditional to write your wish on natural degradable fabric and to bring a gift for the faeries - something sparkly, sweet, or maybe do a bit of litter picking or make some natural art for them.  The story goes that you can try and see a real faerie by going around the tree backwards seven times or to be whisked away into the faerie realms forever you need to go around the bottom of the hill three times!
Robin Hood and Patrinia the Faerie have a battle of the wands.... Oak (inner strength, protection and stability) versus Hazel (healing, knowledge/wisdom, inspiration and invisibility)!
Dare I ask for a Caption Competition - Will the ranger explores his feminine faerie 'Sidhe' Entries on our Facebook page Nix in Nature to win a wee wooden prize :-)

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