There seems to be some new residents living along the walking trails in Totten-ham by the Conservation Area.
Local hikers have noticed little doorways that enter into secret tiny homes inside the trees along the trails.
Some tiny little signs announce that it is a fairy home.
While no one has yet to admit to actually seeing a fairy, there is little doubt among trail users that they are there – they’re just very secretive.
Local resident and avid hiker Marc Landry first noticed the fairy homes on a recent hike down the trails.An avid bird watcher, he had his cam-era with him and took some photo and posted on them on a local Facebook page.
“I’m out there at least once a week,” Mr. Landry explained. “I do a lot of birding on that trail so, for me, it’s a lot of observation. They crossed my eyesight a couple of times and decided to have a look at them. They’re pretty easy to find once you start looking for them. About two weeks ago I took all the pictures. For me it’s all about the observation of nature. If I find something, well good.”
He started quite the buzz when he posted his photos.
People wanted to know where the little fairy homes were coming from.
At first it was a secret, but a local resi-dent had the inside scoop and let it slip.
It turns out local artist Becky Crawford and her husband Tom MacDonald, have been secretly fixing the fairy doors to trees along the trail.
They did it just to give other people some joy in their life.
“I usually work in stained glass,” Becky explained. “We weren’t sure anyone would even notice. We started doing it a few months ago. They’re not too spread out so you can easily find them. We thought it was something that would just bring a smile to someone’s face. Times are so tough right now, we thought if we could do something light and fun, maybe someone would like it.”
Becky started making the fairy doors with a friend when their children were small, and they would put them in the yard. Although she usually works in glass, it would not be the right medium for attaching to a tree so she switched to wood.
“In Europe a lot of people put them around their baseboards at home,” Becky said. “Even some big businesses with have a little fairy door – it’s a tradi-tion. It’s a little bit of magic and a little fun. I wanted to put them where people were walking because that’s pretty much all you could do during the lock-down. Me and my husband make them. He cuts the wood and sands the doors down and I go from there.”
Becky usually sells her stained glass at local artisans’ markets, so venturing out and putting her work on the local trail was a little different.
Children love the fairy doors and make a game of trying to find them all.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times