The Gooseberry Wife

The Gooseberry Wife is the second faerie to come and visit me. I was just having a flick through that lovely Dictionary of Fairies by Katharine Briggs and the first entry I read happened to be a suprise – she is only to be found on the Isle of Wight where I live! She is the rather lovely named Gooseberry Wife and protects gooseberry bushes from children. She appears in the form of a huge hairy caterpillar!
Gooseberry Wife Isle of Wight Faery

My other faery art including sketches of faeries with their stories can be found here.

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