In early December we stayed just outside of Vicenza, Italy. Here we enjoyed a week in a beautiful villa that had a wonderful outdoor area, which the owners referred to as a park, and it really was. The garden traversed up the side of the hill and incorporated almost 2 acres. There was an olive grove, koi pond, tree house, pergola created from grape vines, decorative sitting areas, lush trails, statues and beautiful views. Truly incredible in any season, punctuated with the sounds of church bells ringing in the distance. We all love being outdoors (as do the Italians) and the garden gave the girls a chance to really spend some nice time exploring. It was really cold and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. The koi pond had almost completely frozen over. The garden was so serene and beautiful.
Ever since my daughters were little, they have built fairy houses. They have made them at the beach, in forests, and at the different homes we have lived in, which have been many lately… On this day though, in December, they decided to build one in Italy. First they found a location in a beautiful old olive tree and began searching for things to decorate it with. They found berries, acorns, pinecones, rose petals, bark, olives, and leaves, all fun things to add to any respectable fairy house. They then thought about using the ice from the koi pond to make the floors for their fairy house and they built different levels out of ice in the branches of the tree. It turned out to be magical! I have never seen a more beautiful fairy house in all my days. I do hope that the fairies were happy and enjoyed their new house! It was made with love, creativity and sweet innocence.