Jack’s Walk

It’s a mystery ©voyager, all rights reserved

Jack found a mysterious structure in the forest today and it left both of us shaking our heads with confusion. It’s a small building, you can see that Jack towers over it, with an open doorway and no windows. The walls are made of a mixture of mud, sticks and leaves and they form a simple A-frame cottage. Around the outside base of the structure there was a ring of plain rocks that formed an exposed footing and a single small sheet of gray plastic had been laid over the roof as weatherproofing. Inside there was a single, large rock painted a brilliant azure blue. The rock was incredibly heavy, much heavier than it looked, and I couldn’t lift it. I was able to shift it a few millimeters towards the back, but it felt almost as if something was pushing against me. As we were pondering the situation it suddenly began to rain and since neither Jack nor I could fit into the tiny shelter we reluctantly made our way back to the car. On the way home Jack told me that he’d detected a faint odor of pipe smoke and dirty feet and that he’d heard something that sounded like singing, but only for a moment. Well, that’s curious, isn’t it. Jack and I love a good mystery so we’ll be returning to see what more we can discover and next time I’ll take a few simple tools with me, like a flashlight and a something to use as a lever.


  1. Jazzlet says

    How intriguing, someone has put some work into making it whatever the reason.

  2. says

    Looks like a fairy house!

    When my sister and I were kids we built them all over the woods -- we assumed the fairies moved in because they took a long time falling down.

    I love Jack’s perplexed look!

  3. Tethys says

    Jack looks perplexed. Perhaps it’s a spirit house, if it is anything like the similar structures of native Chippewa I find in the far north boreal forests around Lake Superior The blue ball may represent earth. A feather, polished stone, grain, or prayer ribbons are common seasonal additions. I am curious if the ball is a cannon-ball. The Finns and other Scandinavians tend more to gnomes, mushrooms, and artfully stacked rocks. I’ve been lucky enough to be shown an entire mini spirit village thats out in the ancient woods, on an Island that I will not name. It truly was an enchanted place.

  4. says

    It looks like some kids had a wonderful day in the woods buillding a house for real or imaginary fairies (though the fairies need to have a word with them about plastic)

  5. says

    It looks interesting. I remember that as a kid I have spent one afternoon in the forest with a friend building a tiny town out of twigs. It was fun.

  6. voyager says

    A fairy house and a spirit house must be related, they’re both such charming ideas.

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