​​Hand built using  natural materials.


Inspiration for our book,

 

available  February 2016




The IDEA
The FANTASY



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At the end of our book, Thistle Downe, there is a question, "Is it real?". Yes indeed, the actual twig house exists inside our home and is inhabited by 32 (and counting) fairies who  comfortably live there. The little house became a passion, and it begged for a story. That's when reality morphed into fantasy!

The house inspired a story ..a  story of trolls and fairies and regular folks, of magic, time travel, determination, evil, goodness and redemption, set in the mid 19th century in the Orkney Islands of Scotland.  You will  meet Tyson the irresistible troll, Amelia the lovely fairy, Lord Fleming the proud fairy count, Mr. and Mrs. Higbee the kind-hearted pubkeepers, and many other wonderful characters.

THE STORY OF THISTLE DOWNE the house
The REALITY

​​​​​It started as a two-story twig doll house Gary Whitney built for his children's collection of trolls,  and was later used as a seasonal decoration from Halloween through Christmas. It went back to the attic between holidays. Little did anybody know that it was destined to become an icon and the inspiration for a book!

​​WELCOME TO THISTLE DOWNE!

A miniature twig home and a magical story book