Our children believe in faires.. and pixies and goblins and Peter Pan. Just as we want them too, they are only 6 and 3 and we try to encourage this magic as much as we can as before too long it will be gone and we will be very sad! Childhood, in my opinion, should be about magic and mystery. We have a Christmas Elf that comes every year Twinkle the Elf and she brings such marvel and mystery it is wonderful to watch. Now that Eva is starting to loose her teeth, we also have the Tooth Fairy and thanks to the wonderful Miss Prim (my lovely friend Gemma) she now has a fairy house.
Each season brings with it a different fairy. In Winter we had Blizzard the fairy, she would visit and leave small notes and treats every now in then. Eva took great joy in writing letters to her. Now Spring is upon us we have Buttercup the fairy. Buttercup, the tinker, has promised Eva 20 fish for her 7th birthday!
One of my best friends lives in Morpeth and told me about a lovely place called Scotch Gill Woods or to give it it's local name, Bluebell Woods. Unless you know the area you would probably miss it, It is on the outskirts of Morpeth. It is on the A197 Pegswood Road and you head past Morrisons and out that way. There are signs, seeing as I am completely useless with directions.
It seems to be a popular place so we decided one spring morning last year, to have a wander through the bluebells and see if we can find some fairies.
There is a layby/parking area beneath the woods and as long as you get there fairly early I cannot imagine you would have any problems parking. Please bear in mind that there are a lot of steps to get up to the woodland and it is definitely not recommended for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
There is a guided walk provided by Walk 4 Life which is approximately 2 miles long but we just chose to explore ourselves. Up hills, over little streams, past a care home (which was of course a spooky old mansion). We spent a lovely few hours there. It was so peaceful, despite a busy main road running alongside, we didn't notice the noise at all. Absolutely beautiful and we are counting down the days until the bluebells are back and we can explore again. We didn't see any fairies that time, but hopefully in the future ...
If you are interested in seeing more, there is a short video put together in conjunction with Morpeth Town Council and the Greater Morpeth Development Trust showing the invaluable work done by the Trust to improve the paths and woodland. They have done an amazing job to make it so beautiful and accessible for us all to enjoy.