Bluebell Carpet

Visiting the Minpin Forest

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

– Roald Dahl

One of the books we’ve been reading lately is The Minpins by Roald Dahl.  A delightful story about a little boy demonstrating great bravery as he finds adventure and magic in the forest.  And, I didn’t realize until our recent visit to the Roald Dahl Story Museum, that this was the last book he wrote.

We’d been reading the book the other morning and then took a trip to Badbury Clump to catch the bluebells in bloom and get out of the house for some fresh air.  And I couldn’t help but think in the darkness of the wood, is this the kind of place that Dahl imagined?  It wasn’t quite full of the giant trees that Dahl describes but they did blot out the gloomy sky allowing only a brief moment of sunlight to break through their canopy.  This was certainly a place where magic might be hidden.

A Walk in the Woods

The Minpins fresh in our mind from the morning, we even knocked on a few trees to see if any of the tiny magical creatures were at home.  We knocked on several but unfortunately the Minpins must have been out for the day.  Or maybe it was just the grown ups scaring them away.

Looking for Minpins

Badbury Clump Bluebells

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  • Reply Mom April 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Lovely! What a beautiful peaceful place!

  • Reply Belle April 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

    How beautiful! Like a fairy land!

  • Reply HONEY April 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    WOW……..I feel the magic all the way to Harrisonburg….beautiful photography……incredible writing skill……..lotsa luv…………

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