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Ask A Fairy: Spring Into Summer With the Fairies!

Ask A Fairy: Spring Into Summer With the Fairies!

By Thimble & Blossom
May 27, 2022

We just heard that Thimble and Blossom, our migratory fairy naturalists, are back in the North Country! In the spring they like to bounce on blooming buds, zip around with dragonflies, and take cold dips in freshly melted puddles! Through all their woodland time they’ve become excellent naturalists, and are now here to answer any questions you may have! Between May 27th and June 24th, use the clues to find their homes on trails around the North Country. Once you find their homes, use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code on the sign next to our house. It will take you to a form where you can leave us your nature questions!


Stone Valley Trail, Colton 

Pass under the entrance sign and head down the hill

The river rushing on your left sure is a thrill

Shortly past the trail register you’ll see

Right where the path makes a V

Perched up on the hill our humble home sits

In between where the path splits

Find our home under a fallen log

Leave your questions about birds, bees, or fog


Maple City Trail, Ogdensburg

Behind the post office on Crescent Street

Follow the metal stairs down and you’ll meet

A sidewalk alongside the Oswegatchie River

Take a left, no need to dither

You may pass people enjoying the river breeze

As you continue look to the right for a large cluster of trees

Like fireworks bursting from the ground

Our home sits in the base waiting to be found 


Edwards Nature Trail, Edwards

You’ll follow the path past the end of the fence

Continue on where the trees become more dense

Once the old train trestles are in sight

You’ll be nearing our house keep an eye to the right

Tightly nestled between three trunks of one tree

Take a peek inside, who’s there to see?

But if you cross the river you’ve gone too far

Turn back, find our house, we left the door ajar!


By Thimble & Blossom

Thimble and Blossom are two traveling woodland fairies who love to migrate through the North Country on their way towards the tropical forests where they spend their winter. Thimble loves spending his time exploring the tops of trees and enjoys surfing down the falling leaves in autumn. Blossom likes to spend many of her afternoons befriending bees and butterflies in the forest. She also loves to take dewdrop baths every morning while listening to morning birdsong. Because they live in the woods, Thimble and Blossom have learned a lot about North Country plants and animals throughout the years. They're very excited to share their knowledge with you!