fairy rings

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I journeyed through my childhood and youth as an eager believer, resolute in my conviction that the sort of magic I encountered in any number of obscure juvenile fantasy novels would manifest in my ordinary life one day.

Now, I wouldn’t say that a glimmering portal to another realm awaited me on Mt. Pollux one iridescent October morning – but three weeks ago, I came as close to real-life enchantment as a decidedly, disappointingly non-magical girl could hope.

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If you’ve never walked up a hill just after 8 in the morning and gazed at the path disappearing into what might be either a small hilltop glen or a distant foggy otherworld – well, I recommend it.

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As one versed in the art of folklore might expect, this haunting pathway led up to…

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…a clearing framed by trees, roundly surrounding us with its circumference.

Perhaps it’s indulgent of me, but I could easily describe this as a genuine, large-scale fairy ring in its own way…

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..but in case you don’t accept that definition, here’s an alternative fairy ring that happened to appear soon after – so the story goes!

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