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Friday, November 25, 2005

The Battle of the Fairies

Here in the States, you often hear about how growing development is displacing wildlife. You're hearing more and more about residents having encounters with wild bears, deer, and other animals. As housing spreads into new territories, these clashes with the wild will continue to increase.

In St. Fillans, Perthshire, UK, a development company is having a different kind of wildlife clash...


Marcus Salter of Genesis Properties is learning firsthand how determined native residents are concerning with protecting the colony of fairies believed to live under an ancient monolith. The St. Fillans countryside is well known for being home to many sets of mysteries rock formations, believed to be strategically placed on top of ley lines for their mystical powers.

As Salter and his crew were digging to begin construction of a new residential development, they came across an ancient rock near the mountainside. Salter said, " A neighbour came over shouting, ‘Don’t move that rock. You’ll kill the fairies’. Then we got a series of phone calls, saying we were disturbing the fairies. I thought they were joking. It didn’t go down very well.”

So far, this run-in with the fairy protectors has cost Genesis Properties £15,000. Salter and his company have attempted to work around the rock formation and not disturb the fairies. It seems that his efforts might not be enough.

“I went to a meeting of the community council and the concerns cropped up there,” Salter reported. It seems the people are fighting any further development, for the sake of the fairies.

The rock and it's surrounding area has historical and religious significance. There, Celtic Christians worked to convert Pict natives from their Pagan practicies. Residents believe moving the rock would curse the area and its inhabitants. The power of the fairies could bring doom and misery to all those nearby should the powerful monoliths be disturbed.

Salter has completely re-worked the plans of the development, and has moved his construction to a new site. It looks like the fairies have won this round versus the developers. Curiously, at the site of their new construction, a small rock outcropping sits smack dab in the center of the development.

I don't think the builders have heard the last of the fairies.

After reading this story, I was able to come across some documents pertaining to these St. Fillans fairies, confirming that a colony did indeed live underneath the ancient monolith. British intelligence has been doing surveillance of the area for decades, and I was able to procure the following photograph - concrete proof that fairies do indeed reside in the mysterious countryside of Perthshire:

These fairies are willing to fight to the end.


Blogger KC said...

I love fairies! Usually, I don't like anything that reeks of "cute", like teddy bears, clowns, baby toys, etc, but I love fairies. I especially like the one's with transparent wings as opposed to butterfuly wings. Not that you really wanted to know this about me, but there it is...

11/25/2005 10:50 AM  
Blogger Kid Jacque said...

I must concur with Kim C. Fairies pretty much rock....

11/25/2005 11:06 AM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

As long as they are leaving quarters under my pillow, I would have say let them live.

11/25/2005 11:25 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature or her fairies either.

11/25/2005 2:56 PM  
Blogger siren said...

They stopped construction on a multi-million dollar hotel near where I live because of some endangered species of snake. I probably would have cared more if it had been fairies.

I wonder if anyone would have cared had it been a colony of trolls living there.

11/25/2005 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Haas said...

Another rocking fairy tale :)

11/26/2005 9:26 AM  
Blogger Grafs said...

Very nice...I'm glad they're spending so much money to protect them. :P

11/26/2005 10:28 AM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Man, I have a friend from England coming out here during Christmas... I know I'm going to be hearing about this again!

11/26/2005 12:46 PM  
Anonymous delmer said...

We get a lot of deer in the backyard. My parents do as well. And they pop up around work.

No magical fairies, though.

11/26/2005 2:12 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

If that was in the States I'd have my doubts ... but since it's in Britain anything's possible!!

Love the photo of the "fighting fairies". Which rock did they crawl out from under?

11/26/2005 3:44 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

At first, I thought that was a picture of the

Urban sprawl sucks. I'm sorry that I contributed to it before I knew better.

11/26/2005 4:15 PM  
Blogger NowhereGirl said...

Yay!!!!! I love the Fab 5!

11/26/2005 6:53 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I have a cousin that was extremely superstitious. He believed that mushrooms housed fairies. White ones were where good fairies lived, black - bad guys.

He would always walk around mushrooms, careful not to disturb them. I, however, made it a point to smash every mushroom I saw just to see him scream.

11/26/2005 8:00 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

hmmm.... where I live we pick mushrooms and eat them. (morel mushrooms) I wonder how many unsuspecting faries have been consumed in this horrible fashion?

I loved the post.

11/26/2005 9:16 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

lol the last pic was funny!

I hope to see a real fairy one day :)


11/27/2005 9:08 PM  
Blogger Anhoni Patel said...

Fairies!!!! This is hilarious.

I live in SF and we're always having issues with the fairies. It's quite a magical place....=)

11/28/2005 12:00 AM  
Blogger cube said...

Fairies get all the good press. Wait until the Troll Anti-Defamation League hears about this.

11/28/2005 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed a lot!
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11/25/2006 10:09 AM  

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