Once upon a time…

there was a secret garden for fairies in the forest along the road to Potato Point. I kid you not…

(Potato Point is a village in the Eurobodalla Shire lying on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. The Yuin are considered to be the traditional owners of the region.)


An enchanting gum tree decorated with toadstools, butterflies, dragonflies and flowers amongst the discarded eucalyptus leaves.


and a little doorway for small people to enter.


have you ever seen anything like this before?


This post is dedicated to two intelligent, hard-working, inspirational and beautiful Bookfayries, Siri and Selma, who spend their time flitting between Norway, Germany and magical Cley-next-the -Sea.  Time to pack those cases and head for Australia girls?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

57 thoughts on “Once upon a time…”

    1. One story is that the old wharf (a bit still remaining) was the drop off point for potatoes being shipped out way back. Don’t know whether that’s the case – it’s a bit prosaic.

    1. I grew up on fairy tales! I loved them, even though some were quite scary! I think todays children probably miss out a lot on being able to use their own imaginations – everything is too organised in their lives. I would spend hours reading and daydreaming in my room. Now they are dragged out on ‘play dates’ all the time.

  1. This is an amazing post, Jude. I knew your eye would educate mine on my home turf, and this post stunningly proves it. I’ve become a bit blinded – just drive past it without noticing – and you saw so much. Lovely images.

    1. I am slowly getting around to posting about my stay in Potato Point! I think we all stop seeing the interesting things around us. I mean, you just drive past all those wallabies, whereas I just wanted to sit and watch them! Giant rabbits to you – incredibly different creatures to me 🙂

        1. No need for apologies Meg. I took it all in and everything is stored away in my head. I loved your company and saw far more than I would have on my own 🙂

    1. I’m sure there are fairies all around you Gilly. I remember my parents visiting a pub somewhere (possibly Dorset) where there was a fairy house in the garden. I’d sit with my bottle of pop and packet of crisps eyeing that house to try and see a fairy go in or come out. Never saw one though. They knew I was watching them.

  2. A lovely bit of fantasy from Down Under Jude, quite bewitching, You do find some of the most interesting things to share with us.

  3. Love the dedication to Selma and Siri, and the ongoing conversations, Jude. I’ll have to visit Klaus to see the Holocaust post. The time-eating goblin seems to be in charge around here. 🙂

      1. Yes, we do- magical last night but then slippy nasty stuff today. Flight from Leeds Bradford 7am on Sunday- if the runway is ok 🙂

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