Who’s House Is It?

Who's house it it

As I was walking in the forest one day I came upon this mysterious cavity in the base of a tree.

And my first thought was… Who’s house is it?

It would have to be something fairly small as the hole is only about 2.5 inches in diameter.

So, logically it would be a mouse, rat, shrew, mole or vole.

I wasn’t about to put my fingers in to find out.

Also, I noticed it didn’t actually have a path to it like something had been using it as a dwelling.

Which made me shift gears a little.

What if…

  • it was a fairy house
  • or a dormouse that is a fairy’s transport
  • maybe an elf
  • or a gnome
  • troll??
  • leprechaun
  • pixie
  • spirit

So let’s look at these one at a time.

In looking at it again, I don’t think it was a fairy house.

Wild faeries of the wood like to be very secretive and this was right out on the path so I might write them off the list.

Dormice could fit but they are usually only found in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

To find one here would be a rare species and one that would need to be explored.

But that is the logical side of my brain talking.

So it could be a dormouse.

Elf – I think they might be too big to fit in the hole.


According to the garden gnomes in my backyard, they can be fairly small but the general consensus is that they are between 3 and 4 feet tall and average about 40 pounds.

So… no gnomes.

Trolls are 9 feet tall so that will be a “no”.


Pros: they live in isolated woods and can make their home in the hollow of a fairy tree.

Cons: they live only in Ireland and are 3 feet high.

Darn… no gold for me.

Pixies are about 4 inches tall so this burrow would definitely work for them.

But I’ve never seen a pixie in the forest. I always see them in the garden as that is their preferred habitat.

According to Google sprites are similar to faeries but in my experience of them, they have a very different energy.

Besides… they normally talk to me and I didn’t hear any around that area.

I’ll tell you that story another time.

Logically it is none of these creatures and yet… Who’s house is it?


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