Dr Niamh On The Plum Tree

Childhood Imagination Sows Seeds of Future Brilliance

Story Corner With Dr.NanaPlum!

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I love to write in childish rhyme
I really do it all the time
A Doctor and a Nana too
‘Tis on the plum tree that I grew!

 

Before we go any further, I must let you into one of my secrets.

When I was little, fairies lived at the bottom of my garden. I used to lay breadcrumb trails for them and talk or sing to them quietly (as fairies don’t like shouting). And when dew covered the grass and made it glitter and sparkle, I knew the fairies were preparing for a ball.

Everyone knows that when dew is on the grass, fairies have their choice of the most beautiful sparkles imaginable. Fairies might wear peony sparkle or iris sparkle. They might wear rose or violet sparkle. And dew is the diamond in the fairy-queen crown. Boy fairies wear shamrock, shiny breeches and bark be-dewed and made smooth and slithery ~ great for sliding down mole-hills ~ something that boy fairies love to do ~ often!

Fairies always throw parties in celebration of dew, as fairies love nothing more! They drink it, and it makes them giggle! They wear it, and it makes them shimmer.

Apart from anything else, dew means it is a new day, and fairies love the time before dawn when they can flit and dart ~ flicker and start; hover and whiz ~ zip and fizz; float and flash ~ make-a-dash; tease and prance ~ skip and dance; hurry and scurry ~ all-a-flurry; rush and rail ~ skim, speed and sail!

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cottingham fairies

They invite the very best Leprechaun fiddlers (Leprechauns play the most lively jigs!) And elf harpists pluck at your heartstrings and weave magic in verse. Goblins are, by far, the best drummers, whilst meadow sprites have very high, reedy singing voices. Usually appearing on percussion are the cobbler gnomes ~ with a-clink and a-clank whenever needed and in perfect time. All in all, fairy gatherings are a sight to see ~ for those able to see them.

I spent many an early morning dancing to the tunes of the little people. Very soon, they began to trust me, (Fairies seldom trust humans, as humans do very strange things to fairies and to fairyland), but as I could dance a fine jig, pirouette often, sing a long song and recite a poem, all of which is of very great interest to fairies, they allowed me to learn some of their ancient secrets about bees and butterflies, worms and magic bears who know such an awful lot about everything. They also taught me secrets about science and the sky, and how to grow up into someone who is wise.

I like to share some of those mysteries with boys and girls (and grown-ups who keep the magic alive) who are inquisitive but can also keep a secret. Can you keep secrets? Sssssssssh! Promise you won’t tell anyone…

Are you ready? Now listen well, to the stories I will tell…

Discover them HERE

With Love from Dr.NanaPlum!

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

12 comments on “Story Corner With Dr.NanaPlum!

  1. davidprosser
    April 15, 2014

    Beautifully told Niamh, I’d love to attend a Fairy dance with you but I’m afraid I’d only step on your toes.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 15, 2014

      Many thanks David…My dancing days are over! But I can still sing a merry tune and recite and make speeches! And I hope grandparents who have the magic in them still, will join me in this merry-making!

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  2. Patricia Tilton
    April 15, 2014

    I love your childhood stories about fairies. You could write such a beautiful book based on what you wrote. Love the magic for kids. I still remember things I believed I could do as a child. You have such a gift and way with words.

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 15, 2014

      Patricia, it makes me very happy these days to write about fairies and wisdom for children. I have given myself full permission to write these stories under my new alias! Liberating. Thank you so much for your encouragement. I have some lovely new books coming out soon.

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      • Patricia Tilton
        April 15, 2014

        I just tweeted your post. I liked it that much! That’s great about the new books.

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      • ontheplumtree
        April 15, 2014

        I think you might like them…:-)

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  3. thiskidreviewsbooks
    April 16, 2014

    I didn’t know goblins played drums! 😉

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 16, 2014

      Didn’t you? Wow! I thought everyone knew what great drummers they were! They spend their lives underground digging tunnels and mining for gold, so really strike up a rhythm. It helps the day pass more quickly! Some people don’t like goblins because they’re a bit smelly, and if you get on the wrong side of them, or if they are waging war on humans, it’s best to stay out of their way!

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  4. Darlene
    April 18, 2014

    Did I hear a whisper of new books. That makes me happy. I love fairies too. I didn’t see many on the farm but I knew they were about. Hugs from Canada.

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 18, 2014

      Yes! Darlene…a few in the pipe-line. I am working on the images right now. I do so appreciate your encouragement. It means a lot from a well-established children’s author!

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