January 13, 2011

Condo Snowed In

I'm a little worried.  Usually the garden fairies are happy enough in winter; some go south for a few months, others stay here in Connecticut, warmly snugged in their crooks and crannies.   I occasionally see the younger ones outside on winter mornings, playing in the frosted leaf litter.

But the condo dwellers who moved in under the deck steps last summer have me concerned.

When it started snowing yesterday, their front door and windows were quickly obliterated, even the second story windows were blocked.  But the lantern was peeking out above the front door, the only thing visible at all.  At least I knew emergency vehicles could find them if they could see their lantern. 
Only the snow capped lantern was visible by the middle of the storm.
By afternoon the lantern was buried.
But it kept snowing, and the lantern was soon under a blanket of snow as well.  Now I'm a little nervous.  You wouldn't even know their condominium is located there.  I know they have electricity and the water is running.  Supplies are adequate --- there was a very full acorn crop this fall.  But are they ok? 

Should I try to shovel them out?  Garden fairies are acutely skittish and won't like me meddling anywhere near their front door.  But they were the ones who decided to take up residence so near my own back door, and they have tolerated my coming and going up and down the steps all year.

What would you do?  Shovel them out?  Leave them be?  Clear away enough to just expose the lantern again for safety's sake?

I am worried.

19 comments:

  1. I'd be worried too! I'd be compelled to uncover them completely but you don't want to offend...maybe just reveal the lantern! This is the cutest little fairy set up I've ever seen - adorable! When I was little, I was infatuated with The Borrowers. How do I attract my own fairies?

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    1. I loved the Borrowers, too! I used to make my own Borrowers' home out of things around the house. Guess that's why I've always loved the thought of fairies!

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  2. Hmm, all of the garden faeries here are wild and fend for themselves, but they live in NC and not Conneticut. Still, garden faeries are a lot tougher than they look, and I bet they'll tunnel out if need be.

    Their condo is adorable!

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  3. I think I would shovel them out. They might want to take in the beautiful scenery on a nice sunny day.

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  4. Gail (the good sister)January 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Don't worry. New England Garden Fairies are a very rugged sort. I'm sure you've noticed that the snow melted quickly off of the steps above their abode. This is because they keep a roaring fire going to roast acorns. If you listen closely, I bet you can hear their sweet harmonies as they sing around the piano!

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  5. I don't think I would bother them. The snow is good insulation. As Gail said they are in there partying.

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  6. Cat, thanks! You don't need to attract fairies, they're already in your garden! You just need to look closely.

    Sweetbay, I hope you are right, and they can fend for themselves. I'll look for any tunnels.

    Donna, I can't even dig the fairies out until I can get my back door open... right now its snowed in too deep to swing open.

    Gail, hmmm, I do hear some sounds of music from under the steps. Could they really be cavorting in there?

    Lisa, I hope so... I like to think they are having a party!

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  7. Such a cute post. I love Gail's comment. I can just imagine them singing around the piano and roasting the acorns on the fire. Though I think they are safe and warm (you need not worry), I would still suggest that you dig out their little door. I bet they have fairy friends in neighboring gardens that might want to stop over with their guitars and join in on the sing song. Have a great weekend. Please give my regards to the fairies, if you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them.

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  8. Jennifer, I'd give your regards to the partying fairies... but I haven't sen a single one of them yet!

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  9. Quietly shovel them out? I'm sure they'd be ever so grateful. Laurrie, this was a darling post!!! I just loved it. And, what a clever idea. I'd love to do the same thing on my porch and wait to see what the neighbor kids say...

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  10. Kate, thanks! The little door and windows and lantern were last year's Christmas gift from my son. They are supposed to go at the base of a tree, with moss and leaves around, but none of my little tree saplings was big enough! I'm sure your porch (or a big tree) would be perfect to attract your own fairy occupants.

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  11. LOVE the faery door!!! Like Cat, I read The Borrowers over and over as a kid. I would definitely uncover the lantern and remove the top layer of snow so they don't feel so squashed. :o) But I bet they're partying all night and sleeping till noon, anyway.

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  12. TS, I am going to have to read The Borrowers now that a couple of people have mentioned it as a childhood favorite. It may help me understand my little tenants better!

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  13. What a fun post, Laurrie! I've heard that fairies are quite resourceful, so hopefully they will be okay.

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  14. Rose, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I do think the fairies are ok now.

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  15. Laurrie- We live on a Pacific NW Island and our Rain fairies see snow only on visits to their Mountain cousin. But, considering your concerns, I donned slicker and boots ventured out. Sitting quietly in my moss garden I asked very respectfully if there was need for you to intercede. Soon, with a feathery touch to my cheek, I was assured that concerns for safety were appreciated but unnecessary. It seems all fairies know well in advance, prepare for any approaching weather events and look forward to snow time as home and family time. Also, they confided that, though no other being will ever find it, no fairy would inhabit a home without a hidden and very secret back door. Enjoy the rest of your winter as they will enjoy theirs. Sadie

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  16. Hi! I found a picture of this little condo on Pinterest and I think it's adorable. Would you mind sharing some information about how the lantern was made or where I could find one similar to it? I have a gaggle of nieces who would appreciate it! Thank you!
    Beth

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    1. The lantern and door and windows are a set from Plow & Hearth that I got in 2010. They might still offer similar items in their catalog.

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