Secreted away in a corner of the painting is a little chap with an important job. It is Tiny Timmy Tryhaton whose specialisation is to try hats on for all the garden fairies in order that they get one that is the correct size. He started the job as an intern working for free for the fairies, but soon his skills in this niche market were recognised and he has cornered the market in trying hats on and then supplying them according to size to an eager consumer driven group of fairies.
As you will probably guess fairies by their nature are fashion victims. Not for them simple functional garb. When was the last time you saw a fairy dressed in anything other than in a flamboyant highly stylised manner and this doesn’t happen by accident. No, they work hard to get their look just right and that is where Tiny Timmy Tryhaton comes in. He exploits the fairies’ personal anxieties about their looks. He will sidle up to a garden fairy and subtly ask if he or she thinks their hat is a bit on the small side; or if it is slipping over their eyes; or does it go with the rest of their outfit and, before you can say ‘bluebell bobbles’, the fairy is putting in an order for a new hat.
We first started to notice Tiny Timmy Tryhaton in the mural of ‘Danny Graham’s Daydream’ and his fame has spread now to the point that there could be a book devoted entirely to his exploits. He is obviously visiting Danny’s cousins Neeve and Freya to expand his market presence. We wish him well and we will hear what happens in the next blog.