We have a brand new range of partyware celebrating the Flower Fairies, creations of Cicely Barker who painted the flying children during the 1920s. The general idea is that each flower fairy looks after a flower or plant, and so are an excellent way of introducing a child to flower and plants of the garden.
Because we like lists, here’s five things you may not know about fairies:
1. The word ultimately comes from the Latin word for the Fates; the Fates control the metaphorical thread of life that leads us from life to death, and even the gods revere them.
2. So we get the word Fay meaning a fairy, and fai-ery meaning the place where you might find them,as nun is to nunnery (except nuns can’t fly). King Arthur’s not-entirely-stable half-sister is Morgana le Fay. Now we use the word fairy to mean the spirits themselves.
3. Fairies with wings are a fairly new creation – more often they are found flying on the backs of birds or catching a lift on the stems of ragwort or some other plant.
4. Some say that fairies are fallen angels but more naughty than evil. J. M. Barrie, more elegantly, had it that when “the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies.”
5. Shakespeare’s contemporary Edmund Spenser wrote the epic The Faerie Queene as an allegory of the Tudor succession; Elizabeth I liked it so much, that she granted him a pension of £50 a year. (We recommend you take our word for it, rather than read it yourself.) Elizabeth appears in the guise of Queen Gloriana, tracing her lineage all the way back to Arthur himself. Of course Shakespeare went large on fairies in his A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The fairies have made us offer 10% off everything (except costumes) for a short period only. All you have to do is click on one of the links and it should all work like clockwork
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