Lark's Places and Terms A-M
A Little Bit Pisky Louise Hardy’s mail order herb business
Affinity on Glebe
A Sydney hairdresser in the 2000s
an t-slighe gaisgeil – the hero road between Heather and Bodhran islands. Passable only at low tide. A frightening causeway of black rock studded on the Heather end by bits of the purple quartz known as heather gems.
Alpenfolk / alpenfee, fay from the alps area. Martina Bless is one. The women are mädchens and the men are tals
The Alpen-meadow A hillside over there where Tab takes Josefa in Sam and the Sylvan and Sunshower. He has been growing apple trees for eight years.
Alpenkuchen chocolate cake with white icing – served at Fee Kaffee
Appledore The large Victorian town where Flori lives and works in Floribunda and the Best Men. Her shop, BB Blossoms is in the mall there
Arcadian Dream- A ballet at the Patterdale Counterpoint Festival starring Tim Merriweather and Amalie de Courcey
Arcadian Quartz- clear and blue crystals found on Arcadia Island
Arcadia An island in the Star Pin archipelago. The second island Betony visits in Betony Buys Adventure. It has herds of fay goats, olive groves, orange groves, a glorious beach and caves.
Arrival… An island in the Star Pin archipelago. A beautiful tropical island with white sand which is the gateway to Stag St. Martin. It has pristine beaches with large outcrops of dark rock and orange pebbles known locally as sons of the sea. These are common on Arrival, but not found elsewhere. Arrival is the over there side of the Stag Stone gateway. The first island Betony visits in Betony Buys Adventure
The Bakery A bakery in Tasmania in the mid-1980s. Tom and Mish go there for coffee and raisin toast in The Kissing Ring. Waitress there is Sharon “Shaz”.
The Bakewell House House where Skye and Si Bakewell live. Several hours from Van Dyk Performing and Presentation College of the Arts.
The barn. A whitewashed barn over there in which Hob Cottman, his cousins Pat and Nick Cornfellow and Honey Bakewell bring in the harvest. Stable nearby for the Cornfellows' team of chestnut horses and the dray. Honey and the Harvest Hob
Beautiful Signets. A dress shop in Sydney in the 2010s. Nelis Winter got her leavers’ party dress there.
Beech maid. Tally Beech is a beech maid; a tree maid associated with beech trees. The head of her clan is the beechmaster, Moss. Tally first met Kieran when he came to get beech wood for a fiddle.
Betony Field; An English meadow site renowned for its botanical curiosities. A bus carrying itinerant workers crashed there in the 1980s. Several people were injured, two were killed and a baby girl who survived proved unrelated to any of the other survivors. Named Betony Field, she was fostered by two elderly women named Alice and Meg who were keen botanists.
Betrothal ring. A silver ring made as a love you forever promise. Used by some couples with a wedding ring or instead of one. Much more binding than a human engagement ring. Skye has one made by Merryn Pendennis; a gift from Si. Linda has one made by Tane Pendennis: a gift from Jory. Tom used his kissing ring for that purpose. The one Tab gives to Josefa proves to have a mind of its own.
Blue Collar Ball – where Kris Peckerdale suggests he and Deek might be going in the 1980s.
The Blue Lady (a prevailing wind that the fair wind fleet follow
Bodhran Island or Oileán an Ghrá (Island of Love). A green island in the Star Pin archipelago where the leprechauns go for ceilidhs and the courtfolk go to dance. Connemara cobs roam the island
Bodystocking – possibly a drink served to dancers at Cats’ Pyjamas in Calico Calypso. Kris Peckerdale considers it.
The bridge gate. Leads from the bridge at the water meadow near the Summery Court to a courtyard in Sydney Tied up in Tinsel
The Cabin Home of Oash the sylvan: built in a spinney so it’s virtually invisible from outside. Oash and wife Sam live there with their baby
Cadeau de l'été. Gift of summer. A red gemstone found in the streams on Summer Isle in the Star Pin archipelago. It is rare and elusive and much prized for love tokens or to set in fief rings
candle clock: Used in Skipton manor
Candy-Pash. Perfume preferred by Mish Verhoven The Kissing Ring
Five Ships Carol aka Carol of the Five Ships. a fay carol including a dance part. Suzette Skipton sings it in Under the Christmas Tree and Yvanne in Love Began at Christmas
Carol of the Ox and Ass a fay Christmas carol Yvanne plays for Llew Inkersoll before her wedding
Catriona: friend of Emer Drumwhinney, wife of Humphrey Chaucer
Cats’ Pyjamas A club in an alcove off Straw Street in Appledore in the 1980s. Calypso Lindon is an exotic dancer there. A setting in Calico Calypso. Mentioned in I Promise
The Chain of Delight or Star Pin. An archipelago over there, reached by the Stag Stone gate.
Islands run east from Arrival to Arcadia Island, to Bodhran Island, to Summer Island (Île d'eté or Isle o’ Samhradh), to Dawn. A central island is called Stella Iris
The Chalklands Hob country, but close to the Courtlands
Charmed cider. Hob cider. Hob gives some to Honey, in Honey and the Harvest Hob, Keeley Weir provides some (made by Jem Cottman) for Jory and Linda in Pisky Business. Tab and Josefa have it at The Harvest Hob in Sunshower, and Gemma enjoys it in Counterpoint Questions
The cliffs. Chalk cliffs looking out over the ocean. Hob takes Honey there to blow away the cobwebs. Honey and the Harvest Hob
This is probably also where waterfolk go when they feel the waves.
Clothing. Clothing plays an important role in the Fairy in the Bed series.
Some mutable fay can change their clothing, assume it or remove it instantly.
Cloud-stepper A fay horse not bound by the normal laws of physics. These are often virtual steeds belonging to manifested summer knights and midsummer nights. A very few are manifestations of solid horses. Hero and Mon Beau Cheval are both ‘steppers. An unnamed ‘stepper plays a part in Under the Christmas Tree
Come-hither: pheromones scattered about by fay, especially elves at Christmas
Conjure. Pixies, elves, braefolk and some others can relocate items such as clothing and blankets at will. They don't consider this as magic. Leprechauns don't do it, although it's possible they can. Galleonfee pride themselves on doing it rarely. According to Chloe Fraser in Sam and the Sylvan, they can't conjure living things although this doesn't extend to fruit
Coeur des Roses A rose maze laid out on the Isle of Summer by the de Libre family. The summerman takes Betony there in Betony Buys Adventure
Coeur des Roses pattern A china pattern spattered with gold and pink roses and hearts and every colour between. Susannah Devine de Libra had a set, and the summerman speculates that this is the set now in the true heart of the Coeur des Roses maze.
The Collies- Nelis’ name for the members of Estelle Blake Collective in The Pear Tree
Cour d'été, Vouch-Safe café Pisky Business. In 2000, Linda thinks of it as a strange little café called Cour d'été,
Counterpoint Festival: A festival of music and dance held in Patterdale. The scene of the Counterpoint mini-series.
Courtesan: Musical duo comprising Court Leopold and Jordana Dane. Indie-famous. Also the name of their first, self-titled, album
Courtesan Songs: Courtesan, Summer of Fifteen-Fifty-Five, Twice in Twilight, My Father’s Ring, Homegoing, Julia
Fern of the Forest, The Hob Maid and The Rogering Song are composed by Court for Fern and Tansy
Courting cake. A heavy fruit and nut cake made by hobs to be shared. Hob gives some to Honey, in Honey and the Harvest Hob, Keeley Weir and Mr Trip both provide some for Jory and Linda in Pisky Business. Jem Cottman and Mr Trip both make it, as does Nathaniel Applebee in Sunshower Joan Treadwell gives some to Mal for Tom and Ryl, and Quinn Peckerdale sends some for Jordy and Chess.
The courtlands A term for the “Court” area of Over There. Ryl takes Tom there in The Kissing Ring,
Colouring up. In moments of extreme emotion, male harvest hobs exhibit colour changes. A woman pregnant with a harvest hob's baby exhibits the colour changes until delivery
Crescendo: aka Cresh. A dog belonging to Kay Merriweather.
Crystal. Si Bakewell uses crystals in his work as a New Age healer. His preferred method is delivering energy via hugs, but he uses crystals at the clinic to distance himself a little from clients
Rory Inkersoll also uses crystals in his ministry. He gives one to Jisinia Peckerdale in Man Overboard
Cuckoo Clock. The song the Merriweather boys sing in four parts
The Dark Room – Sydney café run by Flick and Chas Dark in The Pear Tree
Dawn- a coral island in the Star Pin, with caves and coconut palms. The seaman lairs there.
D’Chevallier Manor. The abandoned manor where Sebastian d’Chevalier was brought up and where Tansy raises Art in Court in Between
Diversity High. Sydney Highschool attended by Nelis Winter and, for two years, by Xavier Partridge
Divining crystal. Duffy says his grandfather uses a divining crystal Over There
Eco-cabin: where Nelis Winter was brought up. After Snowland Winter departed for the Arctic Circle, it was let to newlyweds for a year
Eight-Reed: a flute or pipes constructed from sturdy reeds. Paris the water lad is an expert at creating these. He gave one to Yvanne Skipton
Eight Reeds in the Stream a fay carol needing eight players. Includes a dance
Eighteen Hundreds Squad. Group that goes to Ferris Island to help set up the Vouch-Safe Eighteen Hundreds Camp. Nelis Winter worked there for a few months. Lucy Tan was still working there intermittently a decade later.
Ella’s-Umbrella: a boutique that has a sales rack. In Patterdale in around 2010
Emer Inkersoll’s Ring Box: a wooden box carved with heather, crosses and catsear flowers. It contains wedding rings Emer had made in various styles and charmed/blessed so loving couples wouldn’t be held up for the want of rings. According to her husband Rory, it was best for couples to choose rings for one another. Emer had the sight and she believed there were enough rings for the weddings Rory would perform after her passing. When Yvanne and Quinn Peckerdale married, they chose rings that matched; two-colour gold with a lovers’ knot. At that point there were “upwards of thirty rings” in the box. The ladies’ rings haven’t yet been described, but the ones for the men included some silver, some twisted or braided, one in island gold, at least one in copper, and some coloured.
Erin a’ Fee: A green way annex not far from the Star Pin. Maura Dervla was brought up there. Ancel meets the fay horse Blessed and her two grown foals there in Under the Christmas Tree
4Ts-Quad Band composed of the four Merriweather boys, whose names all begin with T
Face-to-face A computer programme like Skype where people with accounts can use video chat in real time. Honey Cottman uses it to talk to her mother, Skye, when she’s over here. She also talks to Mab O’Mara and Derry Warrener. Maura Dervla says she has a face-to-face account when talking to Betony Field on Mermaid.
Fair Wind Fleet aka Five Ships: plies around the Star Pin. The five ships include Chimera Sail petal pink/white, Unicorn, Sail butter yellow/white, Basilisk Sail sage green/white
Firedrake, flame/white, Mermaid Sail Sky blue/white. Mermaid is mastered by Tor Chancery
Fairy or Fay... What it says on the tin. Fairy is the basic term, with subheadings and some unique offshoots
Fairy rings quilt. A quilt pattern with interlocking rings. Iris Cottman made some for her son Hob
The Falls Pool. A clear deep pool at the base of the falls. The waterfolk Poll, Niss, Plie and Hector live close by. Hob and Honey swim there. This is probably also the pool where Skye and Si swam on their honeymoon. Honey and the Harvest Hob and Pen and Ink
The Falls Another waterfall where Si and Joe met up with Janus, Tia, Sha and Mari Wish-Match
Fay goats Goats from over there. Ryl remarks her grandfather Peter P might run fay goats in the copse if no one prevents him. Tarry is one. They also live on Arcadia Island
Fee Kaffee, a coffee shop run by Martina Bless in 2017. One of the venues of the Counterpoint festival
Ferris Island; Vouch-Safe Eighteen Hundreds Camp.
Firedrake: A galleon in the fair winds fleet. Edelmir and Marcella travel on it to their son’s wedding
Five Ships Carol aka Carol of the Five Ships. a fay carol including a dance part. Suzette Skipton sings it in Under the Christmas Tree and Yvanne in Love Began at Christmas
The Five Ships A mysterious fleet of five ships that rounds the chalk cliffs occasionally on Christmas Eve. Also known as the Fair Wind Fleet
Fimble Road Where the Gateway Cottage is in Pisky Business and Counterpoint. The road is narrow, rough and overhung by trees. It ends at the top of a hill…if you’re sensible. If you drive down the slope your car will cease to work.
Fiddle Town A leprechaun village over there where the colleens keep a bull.
Flannigan House Boutique Hotel is a quaint boutique hotel run by Hal and Ruth Warrener. It is a Vouch-Safe property. Derry Warrener, Hal’s brother, works as Room Service. The hotel is in a quiet town, and has an attic room where Mab O’Mara spends her Easter birthday mystery break. Horizontal Bunny Hop and Man Overboard and mentioned in Honey and the Harvest Hob. By Betony Buys Adventure Derry and his wife have ceased to live there full time.
Flicka – a female fijordfee. Plural – flickan.
Flowdown: a music streaming service Courtesan use
Fly-me points; A loyalty points system some people use for buying flights. In Counterpoint Questions, Gemma opines that Henry must rack up a lot of fly-me points.,
Following the Drum…Courtesan song from their first album
Forever A term used by some fay to denote their lover/spouse/wish-match
Forever. Dance studio at the Peckerdale Grene Community Tower, run by Hamish McTavish and Gervais St Clair. Amalie de Courcy, Richenda Pendennis and Timbre Merriweather go there. Corin Peckerdale partners Richenda.
Frances’s terrace house. A 2-across, 3-down terrace Frances Eckmann inherited from her grandmother, Gilly Echo, in Glebe, Sydney. 17 Rose St. Frances lives there with Niall Le Fay and their cats, Cherry and Pie. Kendra meets Piers Le Fay there while cat-sitting for Frances. Appears in Fairy on the Christmas Tree and Hot Summer Knight and Tied up in Tinsel and Christmas Eve
Fusilier A band that plays at the 2018 Music of the Night concert directly after Courtesan. They feature a rattle of musketry and a fife. The drummers, male and female, are in military uniform
Galleonfee light speech. A signalling system between ships of the fair wind fleet and one another, or people ashore who understand it
Galw Cân, a calling song from the valleys. Kieran Shamrock played it for his children, not knowing it was a legacy tune from his distant ancestor Seren Starsinger. Dai Daffydd the curate also knows it.
Geistbohne The alpenfee term for coffee beans. Literally, spirit bean
glainne fìrinn glan The glass of truth. A fairy pool on Heather Island
Gold braid. Worn on a ball gown, this signifies a courtfolk lady’s “enough years” status. The tradition’s not observed by all families, but the Skiptons adhere to it in Under the Christmas Tree.
Green balls. A most uncomfortable state pixies can get into if the wisher they try to service rejects them or the wish. Peck thought it was a myth until it caught up with him
Green Cucumber Fresh Wash. The soap Kay Merriweather favours in The Kissing Game
The Green Way. The area, both real and figurative, inhabited by the leprechauns. Comprises Shamrock Village, Paddytown and Cloddah among other places including Fiddle Town, KerryKenny and Crock o' Gold. Fiddle Town is where the colleens keep a bull for the use of folk who have a single cow.
Greenway Cottage; A cottage in Erin a’ Fee where Patrick Barley lives with his wife Modeste and her daughter Alice.
A griff teg A male teg from the valleys. Dai Daffydd is one.
A gwynny teg A female teg from the valleys. Ivy Davis is one. So is Owena Darkeyes.
Gypsied Light Upcoming Courtesan album – their third. They planned to record in after the tour.
Hackney Homestay. The country guesthouse (with cottages) run by Philippa d’Chevalier and her husband Sebastian.
The Harvest Hob. A pub in Adelaide- location of a gate to the chalklands. Red brick, est. 1839. Run by licensee Nathanial Applebee and Sheelagh Chalk Sunshower The Adelaide gate is there, leading onto the chalk lands. The hotel has three rooms for overnighting. Room 1 is actually over there. Rooms 2 and 3 are over here.
Heart cake: heart-shaped cake, glazed, and tasting of cherry, roses and orange, made by Mistress Tasskie and Mistress Tapestry on Summer Island
Heather Island. An island in the star pin archipelago. The third island Betony visits. It is windy and rocky and mantled with blooming heather. Wild deer browse there and there is a pool called Glass of Truth in Gaelic. Kelpies are said to frequent it.
Heather gems: Pinkish purple gemstones found in the rock of Heather Island. They glow in the slightest light. They work loose and braeside laddies like to give them to their forevers.
Henry Dark Rescue Services; The name under which Henry Dark trades. Dedicated to rescuing kamikaze businesses from their own foolishness.
Highland Fling. A book Betony read; evidently a historical romance.
Hob’s cottage. Just over there from the honeymoon cottage, entered by the oak door. Rustic but beautiful. Lanterns, a kitchen with a blond wood table and a larder, a couch that folds out for a bed, an all in one small table, fairy ring quilt made by Iris Cottman. Ash key door that leads up to the cliffs or down to the orchard. Hob and Honeycomb enjoy their undertaking there. Honey and the Harvest Hob
Hob’s island. Just visible out to sea from the boat house Over There. A low green island with a stone hut. Mattress made from feathers and dry sea weed, quilts in the press. A small but flourishing vegetable garden. Hob and Honey picnic there and spend the night. Honey and the Harvest Hob and Jisinia and Zach spend time there in Man Overboard
Hob’s orchards. Hob Cottman has at least two orchards. One is a pretty grove of saplings. The other is mature and fruiting.
Honeymoon cottage A storybook cottage in extensive grounds. A Vouch-Safe property. Near the sea. Honey and the Harvest Hob
Honey Mooned Honeycomb Bakewell's blog
Honey's flat. A small flat attached to Van Dyk Performing and Presentation College of the Arts. Honey lived there before moving over there.
Hook-Up. A dating site Jojo uses and Flori considers. Green Balls and Floribunda and the Best Men
Hudson Street Cafe. A café where Sam Silver goes. The waitress there ejects her for ordering just a glass of water over several hours Sam and the Sylvan
I-Identify costume business run by Dumas and Frans Hardy with assistance from Louise.
Ike's Motor Services. A garage run by Ike. Peck Grene works there along with Stewie the apprentice. Close to Peckerdale Grene Tower. Chloe Fraser, her friend Jojo and Pen Swan get their cars serviced there. Ike himself is a pain in the neck.
Île d'eté. Island of Summer. A large island in the star pin, inhabited mainly by courtfolk. The fourth island Betony visits in Betony Buys Adventure
Illustrators' Journal Magazine Pen Swan has delivered
Indichord – recording studio owned by Chess Dane
Inkersolve. Duffy and Pen’s agency
Iris Jordana Dane’s first solo album
Iris’s wishing well (Hob calls it Mam’s wishing well), a well belonging to Iris Cottman, pure water that does as the user wishes.
Isle o’ Samhradh aka Summer Isle, Isle of Summer or Île d'eté. An island in the archipelago Star Pin or Chain of Delight. An annex of the courtlands, it has forests, meadows, gardens and the Heart of Roses. Home of the de Libre family, and of Lisbeth and Rogier de Lin
Jake’s Studio. A studio where Jake Peters lives and works. He and Honey planned to live there after the wedding
Jeannie and the Clansman (ballet) An excerpt is performed at the Patterdale Music Festival, starring Flori Almaclair as Jeannie and Hamish as the Clansman
Jedket’s Harp A harp solo Jordana does at the Patterdale festival
Jennifer Bay. A place Pen went to when she was five. She took Duffy there to see the sand dunes before the twins were born, but it wasn’t as she remembered.
Julia (A Courtesan song, performed at the Patterdale Music Festival by Jordy and --
Jul Tree / Father Jul Tree -A decorated spruce the fijordfee use as a Christmas tree
Kaffeegeist. A spirit alpenfee brew from coffee beans. Brigitta doses Nik with it in Man Overboard
Kaffee Schnapps Served at Fee Kaffee
Kelpie; A mystical horse supposed to inhabit deep lakes, bays and possibly Heather Island. Actually a manifestation of some horses akin to cloud-steppers. Beloved is a kelpie.
Kelpie bottle; a bottle made from sea glass, crafted by braefolk. Charmed to contain wishes and be thrown into the ocean where, legend has it, the kelpies will swim the wishes to heaven and return the bottle to the owner with the wish executed. Emer Inkersoll gave one to Suzette Skipton.
Kerrykenny Village: Village where Alex and Oison settled
Kissing ring A “promise” ring worn by fay who have not enough years but who wish to be matched when they have. Tom and Ryl both have them. Ryl’s has flowers, rainbows and two hearts and Tom’s has stars. Much later, Tim Merriweather has one from Amalie de Courcy
The Lake; A lake Blessed swims in. Under the Christmas Tree
Langskipland; A fijordfee settlement where Sighilda Lund was born Under the Christmas Tree
A braeside woman of any age
Leeklands Valley A place in the valleys, where the teg live. Original home of Seren Starsinger. The Courting of Eileen
Leprechaun colleen A female leprechaun. The colleens generally have pale skin and rosy cheeks. They can "pass" quite easily, so quite a few live permanently over here.
Leprechaun gossoon A male leprechaun, especially a young one. They are generally small men, and have a greenish cast to their skin that makes it difficult to "pass".
Leprechaun music Includes tunes such as Tossing the Tattie, On the Green, Down in the Clover, and Eileen Tír na nÓg
Lillianne Skipton’s ring
Lillianne has a gold wedding ring with a scrolled swan and a gold persimmon on it
Lily – Jordana Dane’s second solo album
The Local Clinic Near the Bakewell place, close to Peckerdale Grene. Si works there as a New Age healer. Mentioned in Honey and the Harvest Hob and Pen and Ink
Lost Island series: A series of romances with a single setting favoured by Betony Field.
Love began at Christmas
A carol Quinn composed for Yvanne
Lovers’ Knot Rings
Yvanne and Quinn independently chose wedding rings for one another and picked the same design
Lovie Term used by leprechauns for their chosen man/woman. They pledge to be one another's "forever". This is often facilitated by a hurry-up charm made by the colleens and a charmed horseshoe by the gossoons. Kieran and Tally conformed to this, but Eileen and Sean did not. They pledged without charms.
Loving touch The informal name for Si Bakewell's talent for healing
Lutes, Flutes and a Tumble in the Hay is the Flowdown code for Courtesan’s latest album
M.A.D.S. mediaeval atmospheric designer sounds. A musical gadget Court Leopold made which blends electronic accompaniment with sampled real sounds. Counterpoint mini-series
The Magic Cat; Pen Swan Inkersoll’s book. Le Chat Magique in a French translation
A common fay term of address or description for a young woman, but extended to older ones in some cases. Nothing to do with marital status
Implies young unmatched woman
Manifestation (aka mani or manifest) The state of being in which a fairy is changed according to his/her nature. All titles. Manifestations seen or alluded to so far include Christmas Elf (Niall Le Fay), Midsummer Knight (Piers Le Fay), Harvest Hob (Hob Cottman), Fairy Queen (Honey Bakewell), Fix-It Pixie (Peck Grene), Queen Bee, Easter Bunny (Derry Warrener), Cottage Flower Fay (Iris Cottman), Stealth Cat (Duffy Inkersoll and Rory Inkersoll), Lace Fay (Skye Bakewell), Fairy Godmother (Ryl Merriweather), Knight of the Summer Court (Gervaise St Clair), Highland Clansman (Hamish McTavish), Kitchen Fay (Niamh and Helene Inkersoll), Stable Hob (Niamh's man), damsel (Matilda du Fen). Others, such as the sylvan and tree maids, are more extreme to the point where they are the manifestation. Some manifestations are seasonal, lasting for a few days or weeks each year.
Marieke’s Kleine Nederlanden Tulip farm and attraction managed by Marieke Merriweather in the mid 1980s. Tom and Ryl work there briefly.
Marry Me A tune Tab Merriweather composed for Josefa.
Marshmen; a collective term Illya Marsh gives to her husband Kevern, her brothers-in-law Caden and Yestin and their father Drew. Louise Hardy adopts it and decides and and Illya will be Marshwomen. Counterpoint mini-series
Microfibre super-sorb spot blotter Shopping channel special in 2014 purchased by Daisy Comice in The Pear Tree
Midsummer Court. The part of Over There where the court fairies live. They hold balls and formal gatherings
Mighty Tough. Brand of condoms Annabel Verhoven has in 1985. The Kissing Ring
Million Dollar Mansions The posh area in Tasmania where Annabel and Mish Verhoven live in the 1980s. Mish claims they’re house-sitting for her grandfather. The Kissing Ring,
Mistress, Master, Lad, Lass, Maid, Man- all terms of address, the first two are often used with a first or surname after them.
Music at Macquarie A festival held in March 2020. Courtesan plays there and Louise meets Illya and is eavesdropped upon by Kev and Yes.
Mutable Fay. Fairies who can change shape, colour, aspect or sex when they manifest