Groatie Bay

Groatie Bay circa 1905
image from the collection of Mr Christoper Long,
resident of Groatie Bay

Groatie Bay is an imaginary (perhaps!) tiny seaside town somewhere in Scotland ~ set in a time and place which in reality probably never truly existed ~ and it is where my 12th scale families live their 12th scale lives in their 12th scale homes. It is, of course, an idealised town created by wishful thinking on my part, where the less pleasant realities of the outside world simply do not encroach upon the peaceful lives of the little folk who live there.

The townsfolk of Groatie Bay do know rather a lot about the “Big World”, though, and all too often find themselves feeling quite horrified about the things they read in their newspapers and see on television programmes! "
Life in the Big World" is often a topic of conversation, usually ending in agreement all round that they are definitely glad not to be Big Folk! The majority of the townsfolk are very happy and contented with their lives and really wouldn’t wish to live anywhere else ~ not even in another 12th scale village or town.

Just like the hundreds of other 12th scale towns and villages scattered throughout the world, Groatie Bay is a very difficult place indeed for Big Folk to find. The truth of the matter is that if the Peediekins (which is their own name for their race) don’t wish to be found, then quite simply we will not even be aware of their existence. In many ways, Peediekins are really rather magical although not in the same way as we imagine faerie folk and other such beings to be. It’s more to do with their ability to blend into any kind of landscape, to the point of actually becoming invisible to the eyes and ears, and even the senses of touch and smell, of Big Folk. It’s almost as if their towns and villages are enclosed in a bubble of sorts. I really do not know how it works but work it most certainly does!  That isn't to say, though, that Peediekins never interact with we Big Folk but one has to be very privileged indeed to gain their trust and acceptance into their world.  I feel greatly honoured to have had this precious gift bestowed upon me, and to have been given permission to share some glimpses into the lives of the Peediekins of Groatie Bay ~ little folk like you and I in so many ways.

 The villagers of Groatie Bay and I therefore very much hope that you will enjoy these tales from a tiny 12th scale town. 

© 2014 Sharon Larkin

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