Balloon Fairy, Petrichor and Romantic Polish Cranes

30 May

1   Sorting out the room for our Grandchildren to sleep in when they arrive late tonight for two weeks, I saw another fairy Sculpture and remembered that I had promised to show you another of my treasures made by the very talented artist Samantha Bryan. The other one can be seen at

Air balloon Fairy

Brain’s Airborne Support System

2   We had a very heavy shower onto hot ground this afternoon and, for the first time this Summer, I smelt petrichor! Wikipedia defines it as ‘the scent of rain on dry earth’. My lovely Sister-in-law in Atlanta, Georgia and I discovered the word at the same time so the smell always reminds me of her.

Number 3 was going to be a gorgeous and very big spider that I found in the garden and took a beautifully hairy photo of but just now this delightful email came in from my Brother-in-law in Warsaw, Poland:

“The photo below is about two cranes who met in an injured animals’ clinic in the south of Poland. The female had a broken wing, the male some serious food poisoning. During the course of several months’ treatment they paired up together. The male gradually recovered his strength, but the female’s condition was irreversible, so she didn’t regain the ability to fly. In view of this, the male refrained from cruising off to warmer climes in the winter and remained in Poland; he also decided to start building his partner a nest, on the ground. Which, of course, is pretty unheard-of for cranes…”

Two Cranes

Isn’t that just a beautiful story?


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20 responses to “Balloon Fairy, Petrichor and Romantic Polish Cranes

  1. Promenade Claire

    June 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Just loving the story about the cranes – true love!!

  2. reneeboomer

    May 31, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Yes as you say, “a romantic story” for sure. Heart warming pictures. Thanks for sharing all your daily beauty. Renee 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 31, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      I just had to share that one! What remarkable creatures and what love they feel ……

  3. dhphotosite

    May 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Super post !!!

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you. i just had to share the cranes story – so touching. 🙂

  4. Androgoth

    May 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Love has no boundaries it would seem 🙂
    Have a great rest of day and a wonderful
    evening also 🙂


    • mybeautfulthings

      May 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Remarkable isn’t it? We think of bird brains as being small, even use it as an insult but wouldn’t we all want to be so loved? 🙂

  5. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    May 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    You are right it is a beautiful story about the cranes – thanks for sharing. I can now put a name to the nice smell of wet ground after a shower. You sure do have a life full of treasurers and blessings. ~Patty

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you. That story of the cranes so moved me – I just had to share. 🙂

  6. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    May 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

    You know how they say ‘you learn something new every day’? Well, I reckon most days you actually do, but you just don’t realise it. ‘Petrichor’ is definitely a word I have never heard of. It doesn’t even sound like it describes rain on dry earth, either. What an odd word!

    But I’ll never forget it now, thanks!

    Love the fan fairy – truly clever. I can’t do art like that. I did clumpy art in school. I admire artists. They’re refined, I feel.

    You amaze me, finding 3 beautiful things daily 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

      That’s how we felt when we first heard it. It’s now one of my favourite words and certainly one of my favourite smells. 🙂

  7. Don

    May 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

    The story of the Cranes is so deeply touching. I find it absolutely amazing.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Me too. What remarkable creatures. We really understand the animal kingdom so little. 🙂

  8. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    May 31, 2012 at 12:56 am

    love the balloon fairy and learning a new word – petrichor

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      One of my favourite words and one of my favourite smells – glad you liked it – and the balloon fairy. I’ll put up another fairy soon, perhaps the one on roller boots! 🙂

  9. Choc Chip Uru

    May 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    What could be more perfect than a fairy sculpture to welcome little kids – too cute 😀
    And the cranes story was wonderful!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      What a romantic story! When we visited Poland last Spring, I was charmed by the nests on the tops of telegraph poles, tops of chimneys – anywhere at the very top of somewhere. It’s really very special that he loved her so much he made a nest just for her and on the ground! 🙂


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