Do You Believe in Fairies? Professor says he has photographic proof fairies are real

Fairies DO exist, says Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer John Hyatt.

Fairies DO exist, says Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer John Hyatt.

The photograph above is a real, really real, true photograph.  There is no fakery or Photoshop trickery with this image.   It’s a straight photograph, taken in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire,  by Professor John Hyatt of Manchester Metropolitan University.  Take a look at it again.  Actually look at it before you carry on reading.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the world’s favourite ultra-rational detective, Sherlock Holmes, believed that there was no scientific reason why fairies could not exist.   In his 1922 book, The Coming of the Fairies, he said:


We see objects within the limits which make up our colour spectrum, with infinite vibrations, unused by us, on either side of them. If we could conceive a race of beings which were constructed in material which threw out shorter or longer vibrations, they would be invisible unless we could tune ourselves up or tone them down… there is nothing scientifically impossible, so far as I can see, in some people seeing that which is invisible to others.


Doyle was writing about the famous photographs of fairies made by two Cottingley cousins, –  schoolgirls Elsie and Frances,  in 1917,  and like many others at the time,  he hoped they were true photographs.   Sadly, they weren’t. 

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Photograph of The Cottingley Fairies featuring Elsie Wright (1901–1988)

 

The girls finally admitted later in life that they had indeed faked the photographs using painted cardboard cut-outs.   However, even though the photographs weren’t real,  the girls (at this point, women)  still  insisted  on the reality of fairies.

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Photograph of a Cottingley Fairy featuring Elsie Wright (1901–1988)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle then went on the speculate,

‘If the objects are indeed there, and if the inventive power of the human brain is turned upon the problem, it is likely that some sort of psychic spectacles, inconceivable to us at the moment, will be invented, and that we shall all be able to adapt ourselves to the new conditions. ‘.

Photograph of a Cottingley Fairy featuring Frances Griffiths (died 1986)

Photograph of a Cottingley Fairy
featuring Frances Griffiths (died 1986)

Now, almost a hundred years later, Professor John Hyatt of Manchester Metropolitan University has taken a series of true photographs of fairies.

When asked now about the existence of fairies, Professor Hyatt  said:

“People can decide for themselves what they are but the message is to approach them with an open mind.

“Let the world decide for itself.  It is my job, as an artist, to open people’s eyes to the wonders through which they walk every day.”

So the question now is,  after everything you’ve just read and seen . . .    

Do  YOU  believe in the existence of Fairies?

Have a fabulous rest of your day, all.  May your day be filled with magical things.

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Fairy Shoes ~ Peapody’s Slippers ~ they’re his Sunday Best, don’t you know!

Peapody's Sunday Best Slippers handmade by Cobweb the Fairy Cobbler

Peapody’s Sunday Best Slippers
handmade by
Cobweb the Fairy Cobbler

Peapody is a fabulous rascal in the land of Fae. He’s tall – in fact quite the lankiest of the male fairies that I ever did see – and wears long-legged brown woollen trousers with turn ups – which, he tells me, are there to catch seeds!;  an old (but still very serviceable) white with the faintest of line checks,  collar-less shirt – with the sleeves rolled up;  and braces which hold his trousers up and are attached to them with white bone buttons.

He’s a gardener in Fairy Land and has been around for a gazillion years. Well – that’s what he tells me, but I’m not entirely certain I believe him.  To me he looks around his late eighties / early nineties – but hey, what do I know.  I’m only a ”whipper-snapper” according to Peapody!

He gardens every single day. He says that no one else is going to take care of that forest so he has to work every day!   To be honest, I think he just likes to garden – but he also likes to have people tell him he’s doing a wonderful job – so I did, and still do, often!

He used to wear boots. Brown, wrinkled, crinkled, cracked, leathery looking boots with laces, but he said that he’s far too busy and can’t be bothered with boots now and so decided a while ago that he was going to retire his boots and instead wear something more comfy.  He asked Cobwebs the Cobbler to come up with something which he didn’t have to fuss with.  He wantedcomfy with no laces;  no zippers; no doodly uppy bits; no hobnails; no rivets and no holes.  He said he just wanted to push his feet in and walk.  And this is what Cobwebs the Fairy Cobbler came up with.

Fairy Peapody's Slippers

Fairy Peapody’s Slippers

They look, to all intents and purposes, like they’ve been crafted from the pods of the peas which Peapody grows to make Pea Pod Soup, and they’re even adorned with peas!

Peapody was thrilled with them when he saw them, and, I’m told, hasn’t taken them off since because they’re sooo comfortable. One satisfied customer I think!

If you’re now wondering what Pea Pod Soup tastes like, Peapody very kindly shared his recipe, scroll down to find it!

Peapody's Sunday Best Slippers copy

Pea Pod Soup

Ingredients:

  • A colander full of freshly emptied pea pods, rinsed
  • 1 onion or a handful of spring onions, chopped
  • A generous handful of fresh mint
  • Light vegetable stock
  • Seasoning:  a little salt, a little pepper, a little sugar, a little lemon juice
  • To garnish: more chopped spring onions and chopped fresh herbs of your choice
  • Optional: a little yoghurt or cream (use vegan varieties for vegan soup!)

Method:

  1. In a large saucepan, gently fry the chopped onion or spring onions in a little olive oil for about 3 minutes.  Put the pea pods and mint into the pan – discard any very woody stems but there’s no need to chop everything up, this soup will be going into the food processor later on.  Add enough light vegetable stock to allow the pea pods to float about happily. Bring to the boil, then turn to a low heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Check the water level and top up if you need to.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool a little and then transfer to a food processor or liquidiser and whizz until smooth. Pea pods can be stringy, so be prepared to run the machine for several minutes and taste as you go so that you can be sure that the consistency is right for you. If all else fails and the consistency is still a bit too fibrous you can put the soup through a sieve.
  3. Return the soup to the pan, check the consistency and thin it down with a little more stock if you like. Check the taste and adjust it to suit your own preference using salt, pepper, sugar or lemon juice. This soup can be served warm or chilled. Top with finely chopped spring onions and fresh herbs, or a swirl of cream or yoghurt.

Yes, it’s a genuine recipe.  You really can make and eat it.

Thanks for coming to read and take a peep at Peapody’s Slippers.  I love them.  What do you think?

Have a truly beautiful rest of your day all.  ~ 

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