A little piece of magic

by | Oct 10, 2014 | Uncategorized | 20 comments

It’s spring, the storms have subsided, and adventure is in the air. Time to feel young again, and to spend time with the young.

 It’s nearly the end of the school holidays, and the little one (who is six) and I set out on an adventure. We take the green bus to Parnell, and step across the road to a large shop window that is full of delight.

 A large flock of fairies appears, each of them dancing on golden strings. In spring the imagination comes alive, and I’ve already told the story that prepared the little one for the adventure.

 The story is about the lone fairy, who is feeling sad because while she sees other fairies being lovingly chosen and taken home, she is still waiting, feeling that no-one will ever want her.

 Could it be that one, or maybe one of these? — the ladybird fairy perhaps, or the pohutukawa fairy?

 Or what about the blue elf-like one, or the one in white? Each one is liked best, and the choice feels impossible. So we narrow it down: Should the chosen one be wearing a cap, or have hair? (Hair, definitely). What colour should she be? (Blue or green). What about the wings? (strong) and the dress (frilly)? And so, by process of elimination, slowly the choice is made.

 She is put in a special box, and photographed in a flower garden outside a cafe.

She is the surf fairy, one who knows all about the ocean, how to ride a wave and enjoy the sparkling waters. The little one loves the surf too. So her choice is perfect. The adventure is complete and the little piece of spring magic shines in the dark cave of memory.


  1. silkannthreades

    What a lovely outing for both of you. I love the choice of the surf fairy.

  2. Juliet Batten

    Thanks Gallivanta. I thought the surf fairy a good choice also.

  3. Hotly Spiced

    What a lovely outing with your granddaughter and what a great story. I love how she narrowed down her choice of fairy and definitely the surf fairy is most appropriate xx

  4. Juliet Batten

    Thanks Charlie, we had a lot of fun, and she ended up with a beautiful fairy.

  5. Ruth P

    A beautiful post Juliet!
    The day before you posted it, I had a 5 hour drive to contend with but one of my stops was next to an equally beautiful flowering kowhai bush. It was magnificently lush with foliage and flowers – truly lifted the spirits.
    So it is doubly beautiful to find you picture here along with all the spectacular fairies!
    Happy spring days

  6. Juliet Batten

    Hi Ruth, yes the kowhai is so uplifting. I didn’t see a kowhai fairy, come to think of it, but no doubt there was one. Thank you.

  7. Anne Ruffell

    What a fabulous outing for both of you! I love Parnell and its beautiful shops, galleries and restaurants. It was the first place we stayed when we arrived in Auckland but has changed a lot since 1952! I could not have resisted buying the pohutukawa fairy!

  8. Juliet Batten

    Anne, it was quite an adventure, especially going there by bus. Parnell is full of charm. Fancy this being your first experience of Auckland. Next time you come to NZ I’ll have to take you on a fairy-finding adventure too!

  9. AnneE

    Delightful, Juliet!

  10. Penny

    Enchanting, Juliet! A surf fairy seems perfect for your little one and your photos are charming. It’s fun to go on an adventure such as this.

  11. Juliet Batten

    Penny, it was very special. I can imagine you creating adventures for your little ones too, leading them to their favourite things.

  12. Marja

    Oh I would have had a hard time choosing too. They are lovely but what a great choice and what a nice outing you two had

  13. Juliet Batten

    Marja, I think she did really well with choosing. No looking back, which was good. It was great fun. Thank you.

  14. Penny O'Neill

    Hi, Juliet.
    I thought I had commented on this enchanting post, but, must not have. It is delightful and I love the surf fairy that Mira picked out. It is perfect.

  15. Juliet Batten

    Penny, you did comment, thank you very much. But now that my blog is also posted on my webpage as of this week, your comment is posted there. The website is with wordpress and your comment came through that channel, and wouldn’t post on this blogpost site.
    However, any comments posted here will reappear on the website blog (ah, technology!).
    You can view your comment and my reply on

  16. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet – what delightful stories you tell your delightful Mira .. she will so remember these in years to come.

    Clever to choose the Surf Fairy – as you say perfect for her and your sharing life, when she visits …

    Delightful – cheers Hilary

  17. Juliet Batten

    Hilary, we made a book about the adventure when we got home. She drew the pictures and I wrote the words. The fairy is beautiful. Thank you.

  18. Linda

    Just lovely, wonderful time and beautiful photos.

  19. Juliet Batten

    Linda, I’m so glad you enjoyed this. It was a special adventure.


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