A place for all things ferny and fern-ish. Follow the adventures of our Fernie Girl as she explores and discovers the world of ferns, possibilities, and opportunities. Write, draw and create with her as we go along.
It was spring. How green
everything was appearing to be!Fernie
did notice the colours of flowers and trees blooming, in the early daylight.
Mama’s crocuses had already pushed through the dirt, and the daffodils were now
in their full glory. She knew that most people loved the pinks and the yellows
and other Spring-ish colours. But her favourite was what she called “new
green.”Her beloved ferns were the best
part of that.
It was early yet. Mama was still
in her room, but would be drinking her morning tea and writing her letters. She
was not to be disturbed during this time, which was often most of the morning.
Nurse was busy with her younger siblings in the nursery and Papa was already
gone to university to teach. She loved these early mornings best when she was
free to do what she wanted—which was to wander amongst the freshly springing
She went down to the kitchen
and asked Cook if she would make her a meal to take with her on her morning
outing. “Goin’ fer a jaunt, are ya Fernie Girl?”
Fernie smiled. She no longer
felt the sting of Florence’s words in her ears. Cook’s cheerful face and tone
of voice expressed her kindness and caring. She was Fernie more and more to
those whom she loved, and those who loved her. What had started as an
affectionate name from Papa, had stirred its way into her home life, and rested
in her heart, forever protected from Florence’s unkindness. She did not yet
have the courage to say that her name was Fernie, when meeting new acquaintances.
Mama would not have wanted her to say she was not Fanny, as that was her proper name. But on this morning, in the
warmth of the kitchen as Cook went about her tasks, she was content.
“Where’s that field satchel
o’ yours, then?”Cook asked, spreading a
slab of butter onto a slice of bread. “I
think I’ve just enough gooseberry jam left for that bread, if ya like,” as she
scraped out the jar and swiped it across the butter. She put another slice of
bread on top and secured it in a beeswax sack.
“Oh, yes please!” Fernie
replied and placed her satchel on the table.
“Now what else?”Cook said. “Have yer tea, here” as she set down
a cup. “And a quick bowl o’ porridge.”
Ordinarily, Fernie would be
in the dining room with all the proper accoutrements of breakfast. She liked
these less formal, early-morning times just with Cook and her helpers.
The kitchen door swung open
with a bang. “Oh, Bessie was giving me a time, this morning!” came a voice. It
was Nellie, one of Cook’s helpers, with a pail of milk. She looked at Fernie
sitting at the table. “Oh, Miss Fernie!You’re up early!”
Cook and Fernie both nodded.
“We are getting her ready for her morning outin’,” said Cook. She reached over
and deftly dipped a ladle into the milk and strained it into a small pitcher.
“Here ya go! Fresh from the cow!” and poured it into Fernie’s tea.
As Fernie finished her
breakfast, Nellie recounted her difficulties of getting Bessie into the barn
for milking. Cook stood at the stove, commenting with an occasional “Oh, dear,”
as she moved pots about and added more wood to the fire and checked the oven.
Then she finished packing up Fernie’s food and put it in her field satchel. “That
should keep you well-fed this morn,” she said as she closed the flap. “You have
yerself a good outin’, now Miss Fernie!”
Fernie took a final bit of
porridge and slurped her tea as she had seen Papa do with his coffee, and then
she grabbed her bag. “Thank you!” she said and she was out the kitchen door, skipping
through the dew of the day.
This is the premiere of The Fern World website and blog. What began as a we-love-ferns digi-kit has turned into a whole series. We begin with Nik The Booksmith's Much Ado About Ferns:
To read the story of Fernie's World, you can click on the tab above to follow along. Updates every Friday!
Here's Hali's fern journal:
It is a Booksmith journal and includes the first story of Fernie's World. It is also a Traveler's Notebook and comes with:
*4 inserts/notebooks: one lined, one drawing paper, one "eco-printed" green dyed paper, and a Junk Journal insert with a combination of lined, ink-stained, fern-imprinted, ledger and music paper. Paper is all 32 lb. paper and is fountain pen/rollerball friendly.
*The first chapter of Fernie's World is included as a booklet
*An ephemera packet: cards, fabric, lace, washi tape, music paper