|RIGHT! I'VE BOUGHT A DINGLEY DWELLING - WHAT NEXT?
Well, if you've a really large fairy mushroom house, it's fairly safe to assume you already have a site in mind. They are perfect as part of a water feature by a pond. We've seen them with a background of tall reedy plants and with a small (pumped) rivulet passing by on its way back to the main pond. If lit, they will reflect in the surface of the water after dark and when viewed from the far bank give a magical doubling of the effect.
They can of course, live inside and the giant dwellings can be found as a feature in unused fireplaces, again when illuminated, they provide an interesting focal and talking point in any room.
Medium sized Dingley Dwellings will hold their own in the garden among the flowers and shrubs. A bit of judicious pruning as the season goes on may be required, just to prevent them being overgrown. A nice addition, is to sprinkle a small pebble path up to the front door. Any other small touches that show visitors that the fairies may be about are possible. We do have small washing lines and garden items for sale at the shows, but the only limit on such things is your imagination!
Again, as always, the perfect siting may be inside the house or conservatory.
Now we come to the tiddlers' - if sited among the flowers and shrubs, these can be soon overgrown. We usually recommend siting the tiny dwellings among alpine plants or flowers that don't grow too big. Alternatively, they look very well in a contained' setting. We sell a matching Dingley'tray at the shows, but if you have available an old ceramic (Butler) sink or something similar.(Even an old tea tray that can be filled with sand/soil or moss) these are perfect. Within the tray or container the scale' is easier to control. We usually have a tray set up at shows with a tiny dwelling at one end. It will have a pebble path up to the front door and all the small garden items, including washing line.
Our own grandchildren love this format and this can all be re-arranged and played with quite safely by little fingers!
Indoors, small dwellings also make very nice 'nightlights' For complete safety, we would, of course, ONLY light them using low voltage L.E.D. lighting or similar - 'SEE SAFETY'
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS.....
We very much welcome our customers tips and suggestions and over the years have been pleased to take them 'on board' and will now share some of the very best. If you have any you would like to share with us, we'd love to hear them, please email. - firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you in anticipation - Denise.
1. Siting medium and large dwellings, especially the taller (possibly less stable ones) outside where there is a possiblity of contact with young footballers/ large animals / other dangers. Before placing on the soil, drive in a stout cane / length of timber / length of old pipe or old cricket stump (That was the original customers proposal!)
Then place the dwelling over the "prong" - this should give a further level of security if the dwelling is knocked. Top tip - thanks!
2. We weren't aware of this, but a lady customer with small children who had owned a dwelling for several years said that when her little ones lose their first teeth, instead of placing them under the pillow as is customary, the teeth are now placed beneath the dwelling. IT WORKS! In the morning the tooth is gone and in its place - a fairy payment! We've tried it with our grandchildren and can confirm this is the case - and it is so much easier for the fairies! (None of that fishing around beneath a pillow in the middle of the night!) Another top tip - thanks again!
3. Solar lighting - this is now becoming much cheaper and widely available. We don't supply any solar lighting, but have used a string' with a separate panel. We lit one large dwelling by 'scrunching' the entire string and putting it up under the house, then siting the collecting panel away in a good sunny spot. No batteries, no transformer - brilliant! This could be the future method to light many of them outside. Dingley suggestion......
4. To increase the effect of whichever type of lighting used, one customer suggested standing dwellings on an old C.D. This does work and reflects more of the light up inside, making the most of whatever system is chosen. Top tip once again - thanks.....