My sister-in-law and her two boys came to visit for several days this April vacation. We love when the cousins come. Her boys insisted we go to Mackworth Island in Falmouth, a few miles from our house. Even though it is so close, we don’t visit often. It is one of my favorite places to walk. There is a path that circumnavigates the island. The loop is between 1.3 and 1.4 miles, depending upon which gate attendant you ask. For the children, the reason to visit the island is the fairy houses.
Fairy houses are little tiny houses built out of all natural materials. Beds, baths, and decor are all considered in the thoughtful design and building of a house for tiny fairies about the size of your thumb. You can build fairy houses anywhere in the world but there is a whole village of them on Mackworth. Acres of land covered in little houses for fairies. It is simply amazing. We went to the island with Hans’s parents and his sister and the kids two times on this short trip.
Here are some photos of other people’s fairy houses. In some of the photos you can see other houses in the background.
It’s nice to look at other homes for ideas. Often as you walk to the village you gather natural items along the way.
You might start a home leaning up against a tree but they can also lean up against logs, hide in the branches of trees, or might even be freestanding.
C-man created rain collectors out of mussel shells for the fairies to collect water.
I tried creating a free-standing house. I was happy with the mussel shell tiling job but not happy with the walls. We had to take a trip the near-by beach to gather shells.
My sister-in-law, Tanya, built this gem in the tree.
Can you see the message my daughter wrote to welcome the fairies to the house she built with her father?
Do you build fairy houses? If so, where did you learn about them? We first learned about them from our back-door neighbors when we moved to Maine.