Looking through my photos on my camera I found these photos which I took ages ago and totally forgot to share them. What a dope!
These fairy shoes belonged to Lady Lillie Fairy. She’s rather a big deal in The Land of the Fae. She’s the Fairy equivalent of our Dame (a title bestowed only by the Queen (or who ever is the Monarch at the time) in the UK). She’s well-respected and treated as a high-ranking Fairy among those who reside in the Land of the Fae.
She has her clothes made by Fairyland Designers, and shoes made by a Cobbler called Cobwebs. (Yes, I know, how incredible is that? Me=Cobwebs; Cobwebs=Cobbler! Who woulda thunk?!).
Possibly made from the petals of a Lily which one can find only in Fairy Land. (or they might have been made from Polymer. [cough]) Can you see the teeny tiny stamens – which don’t leave any stains on your clothes – peeping out from the insides of the inner petals of the Lily? They’re made from the same stuff.
The decoration which you see to the front of the shoes are teeny tiny green glass beads, which are hung on copper wire. These beads give the most delightful tinkling noise as the shoes are moved, which makes every step taken ring out in an ethereal, magical, almost imagined sound, – but it’s not imagined, for you really can hear it – as you would expect from a Fairy!
Of course, no shoes were stolen in order to share these shoes with you. These shoes were left under a Fairy toadstool, in a place which is clearly labelled “Sharing the Shoes” – so that a passing Fairy might stumble upon them and try them for size, or a human, with an eye for Fairies, might find them and either add them to a collection (as I do) or might begin a collection.
These Fairy Lillie Shoes were brought to you by Cobwebs.
Have a spiffing Saturday! Be good to yourself, and be lovely to anyone you come into contact with. The Fairies would approve. 😉
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 wanted: comfy 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.
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!
Pea Pod Soup
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!)
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.
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.
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?