Little Buds

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Fairy flowers and a manor house. Tree-root-laced paths, nodding buds, and a mossy cottage tucked into the dell. It had been three years since Amelia and I were here. The last time, she was in an umbrella stroller (this is not the place for an umbrella stroller), newly walking and I was afraid to let her out lest she fall into the creek. This time she flitted and flashed between the trees, racing down the paths, dancing under the arbor, quacking at the duck, building a nest for the wood sprites who were sure to come out after we left. It's an enchanted place, for sure. The river was high and green and foggy with spring run-off. The rickety, metal bridge was up, lofted high above the water for another month or two, I would expect, so we couldn't go across to the cottage or to the fireplace. It's been, apparently, the third-wettest March on record. They said that spring was getting a late start; everything was about a month behind. No matter. I sat on a bench by the creek and she whirled and twirled around me. She knocked on the pretend door to my pretend house and I invited her in for pretend tea. She gave me pretend cookies. I gave her real kisses. I hope the spirits of dearest John and Lilla Leach, creators of this magical glade, were smiling down on this little forest fairy and her fox from above.

Her sweater, Little Buds, made almost five years ago and fitting perfectly now is, once again, detailed here.

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Wonderful, wonderful photos! I also must say how adorable Amelia's cardigan is!

I recognized at once with just the corner of that house where you were. Loved the Leach Gardens.....mom and I used to attend the summer teas put on by the volunteers for fundraisers. Good memories with my mom....of dressing up and wearing hats and having fun. I wonder do they still do teas on the lawn?

Exquisite photography--especially of your little one running through the woods. You bring beauty to all things. God bless.

Mary Ann in Vermont says: April 01, 2017 at 05:55 AM

Pure magic...right out of a Fairytale. We are covered in new snow here in Vermont so seeing all of this green is incredible. Love the sweater and your girl who wears it so sweetly.

What an enchanting place to visit. And, the sweater - a work of art.
Just beautiful.

Beautiful place! I imagine it is well visited by the city people in search of quiet and peace.

a little fairy in an enchanted forest for sure and that sweater makes me swoon!

My daughter and son in law were married on the patio at Leach. It was a gloriously rainy Labor Day weekend, and so beautiful!

What a lovely post! You are deeper into spring than we are here in New York for sure. I loved looking at your photos. What a magical place!! xo

~ Wendy
http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Your pictures are magical and your little girl is so precious. Loved looking through and reading this post, so peaceful and enchanting. Thank you for sharing.

I can't tell you how enchanting and simply enthralling these photos are. I have dreams of running through the forest.... have done for years. I don't live near a place like this. I think it's time I found one. My childhood was spent in the country, riding and running through places like these. Most of the time with my dog beside me. It's been 35 years since that place, and I yearn for somewhere simple and green.

Thank you for sharing this enchanting, magical place that you invited your readers to visit through your blog. The sweater is beautiful! The photos of Amelia romping in the glade remind me of a doll that I would like to buy: Kathy Kruse's "Lolle". She is a cloth doll that appears to be fun loving and vivacious. She wears colorful rain Wellie type rain boots. Delightful!

Lovely! This post reminds me of "The World Of Peter Rabbit & Friends" series from the 1990s. It was animated but had a live action intro and ending that looks a lot like this landscape. The sweater is adorable too!

LoveLoveLove this sweater- I'd forgotten it! Wonderful photos and beautiful words, as always. Thank you for sharing 💞

Reminds me of the Secret Garden. Such a book and the movie was beautiful. Sad with pathos but beautiful. Thank you for the beautiful photos. Missy is the fairy in the forest. Flitting through the forest and along the paths. Lovely.

I see Mimi flitting through the trees with her bear and I think you need to write a children's book illustrated with Amelia pictures.

I sometimes think that there should be an exhibition somewhere of darling Mimi's outfits! beautiful photos as ever and what a beautiful day you had xxx

Oh my, what GORGEOUS photos you've taken! I just finished Tara Frey's Blogging for Bliss and saw your blog as a favorite daily read of one of the featured bloggers, so I took a look. I can CERTAINLY see why! A-MA-ZING! and I see that I'm not the only one who thinks so. Please tell us what camera you use.

Melissa L. says: April 08, 2017 at 11:09 PM

Alicia, I love your photos of this magical place - I feel so fortunate to live just up the hill from it, and to be able to listen to the creek which is VERY full this year. Your darling girl looks like a wood sprite. And oh that sweater ❤️

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.