Me, I do love a Touch of Magic.
I am not talking Abracadabra here, rather those moments of magic which take a person by surprise
because they are so, well, magical.
Our next door neighbours have installed coloured lights along their new garden path - they were a little worried we might think
the lit-up path resembled a landing strip. But, oh dear me, no - when I pull my bedroom curtains before turning in every night, I look out at the lights twinkling in the darkness and think they look like fairy lights, showing the way down to the end of the
garden to a troupe of elves and imps. Magical!
This afternoon at our Crafty Group, a different kind of magic was in the offing. We were decorating the lids of
round cardboard boxes with a variety of seeds, peppercorns, ancient herbs (apparently the packet was dated best before 2001 but then we weren't about to eat them) and dried peas. The last process in our creation was to varnish our lids with something called
Mod Podge. Not any old Mod Podge, either, but the sparkly version for additional magic.
What you need to know about Mod Podge is that it is an all-in-one
glue, sealer and varnish. When the thick layer of white grunge I have dabbed all over my decorated lid dries out, my latest Crafty Effort will be all glittery. The Lovely Linda, who runs our Crafty Group, has promised, so it must be so. The transformation
will be magic.
Joy says the slugs will love it. We all try to picture the slugs in the garden, squirming through Mod Podge and turning all sparkly. Then we realise
that Joy isn't talking about the Power of Varnish at all but is looking out of the window at the rain lashing down. It was one of those memorable moments of misunderstanding and mystery.
As I write, it is now four and a half hours since our craft session ended and my box lid, while definitely starting to sparkle, still has a long way to go to realise the magic fully. I keep popping out to the kitchen where I have left
my creation on the draining board to check on its progress. Is it possible I have overdobe the Mod Podge? I wonder how the efforts of my fellow crafters are faring; as we were leaving Linda's house at the end of our session, we all suggested we should take
photos of our boxes once they have dried out and share them next time we meet.
However the most magical moment of my day came with the discovery that a family
of Great Tits has taken up residence in my new bird box. The littl'uns are a noisy band, squawking away incessantly. I did my best to make myself invisible hoping that Mr and Mrs Great Tit wouldn't spot me, hiding there in the low reaching branches of the
tamarisk tree. In no time at all, Mrs GT flew down to perch on the fence, looking around in all directions for any signs of danger before slipping into her house to feed the Hungry Ones. Meanwhile her mate took her
place on the fence and on the lookout.
I could have stayed there all day watching them but the tamarisk was tickling the back of my neck and the Call of Duty was strong. I slipped away while the Great
Tit family was Otherwise Engaged and hastened into our house (rather more roomy, it has to be said, than the one I have provided for our lodgers) to report to Mr B all the news from the bottom of the garden.
Fairy lights, a glittery creation, and giving nature a home.