This week I've been immersing myself in magical worlds on my doorstep. It all started with a chance find of fairy doors in my local woods while walking my dog. The surprise discovery came on a day I was feeling under the weather and the little colourful doors set into the mossy trees brought a smile to my face and all of a sudden my day seemed brighter.
As adults we sometimes think that magic belongs to children, but in a world where fairies exist, all adult responsibilities and stresses can momentarily be forgotten and anything becomes possible. Fairy-tales can be just as important to us grownups as they rekindle our imagination and reignite forgotten dreams.
In a search to further reawaken my own imagination I set off for my local forest a few days later to follow the painted rock trail. A simple concept that involves following rainbow coloured stones into a quiet setting among the trees has been made even more enchanting by the addition of fairy doors and rocks painted with bright images.
As I ventured further into the forest, gnarly trees soon had me thinking of witches and goblins lurking in the shadows and by the time I returned home my low energy earlier in the week was starting to feel like a distant memory.
To ensure my week ended on a much better note than it started, I headed to the most magical nearby place I could think. Puck's Glen is a mossy woodland gorge of cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools near Dunoon. It is named after the mischievous spirit Puck, although it is local spirit Poca Ban that you really have to watch out for!
There are no fairy doors in trees or colourful painted rocks, this is definitely a place more akin to grown up legends.
We all need a dose of magic in our lives from time to time and the thing about fairies is they intuitively seem to know when we need them most, even if we don't know it yet ourselves!