We live by a large, unmanaged woods. The woods are amazing to me (and the setting of many a photo op). There are bluebell photos we take with the twins, and there are mornings of Gorby hurtling through the bracken. We are not alone in loving the woods – other villagers love it, too. And from time to time, they leave signs behind.
Someone hung this swing up – it’s one of a few, they last for a while until being in the elements finally wears them out. They are then removed, and new swings pop up elsewhere.
Moreover, there are people who do amazing, beautiful things. And because of the consistency and differences, we think there are multiple people spinning magic.
Someone has made an elf house, high up in a tree.
But it can be high up in the tree, because there’s a doorbell (which works!) just about little-person height.
There are doors liberally placed throughout the woods – yellow ones, black ones, purple ones. We are a polite family, and we like to knock on the doors as opposed to just trying to barge into an elf’s house.
Elves do, of course, still need to receive their post, too.
Someone has gone all out in making an elf home – it’s a lovely soldered piece, with a bell to ring to announce visitors.
And when you open the doors, there are steps down into the ground for the elves that like an underground life.
It’s remarkable to me that people do this. They do it quietly, and when assholes tear them up (even in a tiny village, there are assholes) then a ruined door or elf house is quietly removed, and a new one placed in a new location. Every walk in the woods is an adventure in finding a new door, a new place for elves to live. Alastair and Melissa are getting in on it and creating an elf house as well, which they will quietly replace when it comes time.
It also means that magic stays alive for little people.
Life is hard (she says, stating the obvious). It only gets harder as we grow up. Life has a way of abusing us of our magical thinking all too early. It’s nice to know there are people out there who quietly assist in keeping Santa in flight, the Easter bunny in chocolate, and the elves in assisted housing.
And that’s the part of it that I love the most.