At this point you are probably wondering what Enid Blyton has to do with any of this, but don’t worry, all is about to be revealed…
As you may know my husband is a keen photographer and never leaves home without a camera. I’ve also got into the habit of taking a camera everywhere and spend a lot of time trying to find something different to photograph. Terry always notices things before me, so I tend to look for ‘hidden gems’ and that was how I happened to notice a tiny little door set into the trunk of a tree!
To say I could not believe my eyes would be an understatement! Had we wandered across Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood where the trees, “a darker green than usual”, whisper their secrets? Was this the Magic Faraway tree inhabited by fairy-folk and laden with fruit of all kinds from acorns to lemons? Would Moon-Face, Silky and old deaf Saucepan Man suddenly appear? As Jo would say… "What will Dick think when we tell him about the Enchanted Wood and the Faraway tree?”
What we didn't know until later is that not one but ten of these little doors exist. Created by local artist Simon Sinkinson in remembrance of ten people who left their mark on the gardens, or the music festivals now held in the grounds. These Luminaries include King
We are planning another trip to the Larmer tree in the hope of finding the rest of the miniature doors, a tiny key and a bottle labelled “drink me” – OK I know that’s from Alice in Wonderland but sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
The magic faraway tree book featured in this post is now sold, thank you for your interest.
Have you read The magic faraway Tree?