rise and root



The Flame Haired Solstice Dreamer

Cold winter brings the Everfrost and jewels every tree
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
A flame~haired dreamer wanders there and shelters from the wind
And spins her dreams around the trees to break the ties that bind
She takes her thread and spins anew and how the Greenwood smiles
As she spins a spell for freedom and for her spirit Wylde

The dreamer finds an ancient oak and shelters in his lee
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
Tis summer now and birdsong weaves its magick through her spells
And humming bees drum drowsily in the foxglove's bells
The dreamer sits beneath the oak with yarn upon her knee
And spins and knits and weaves her dreams and sets her spirit free

"When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people...shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. they will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow"

Hopi Prophecy

~out & about & vintage cookers~

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we have had a nice but busy day today~venturing east of our home into
Wimbourne which meant driving by Bradbury Rings another local iron age hill fort~ bronze age pottery has also been found at the site~the photo is not very good~sorry folks~i tend to snap away as we go along! trust me the tree covered lump is the fort!

the road that goes along the fort is a Roman road and is known as the Avenue of Beeches...

and further down the road we saw this...

it was such a glorious day, it felt perfect to be out and about and drinking in the views~almost as if i were starving for it all.

its one of those days that makes you feel really at peace with yourself

of course we had another reason for our journey to wimborne


this monster is a 1950's~60's New World catering cooker, that belonged to the GPO and will take pride of place in my kitchen when we eventually move. it will easily cook a christmas dinner for 6 with room to spare.

i am one of those people who harbour a great dislike of sleek, modern things~one reason why i love living in a cottage with no central heating an ancient rayburn and driving a 37 year old van!

on my visits to America and Canada over the years i have always fallen in love with the great big, vintage looking cookers and fridges in the self-catering appartments. they seem to go with the design idea of ~if it works, then dont change it. and so this kind of cooker has always been my dream~so imagine my delight when i saw this for sale!

despite its age it is in fantastic condition and until two days ago was used daily.

we have no gas supply to our village so it is sitting in our kitchen, resting until its big day when it will cook again. i really cant wait, i am going to be so impatient to actually use it~i used to do a lot of baking but since the temperature in the rayburn is so difficult to really control and i had so many disasters i have not done any since we have been here.

but i lay in bed last night planning a house warming party~sandwiches with the crusts cut off~fairy cakes with pastel icing and blancmange made in a bunny shaped mould and homemade lemonade!

of course i will have a special blog housewarming and invite you all!


kathyann said...

WOW! What a fantastic find,this is my kind of cooker! They are so difficult to find,was is right place right time? Things are starting to look up for you Lee,the usual comment with us is well we just need a house to put in now lol We have so many things now that are in waiting!
what a wonderful day you had,the pictures of your journey are wonderful,felt like i was there with you driving through The Avenue of Beeches!Love from Kathyann and the girls

kathyann said...

ps We look forward to your housewarming party, we shall of course invite you to ours!!!love from kathyann and the girls

Leanne said...

what a fabulous beast of a cooker!!! I completely understand you wanting it, and I would have been the same! well done for giving it a home. I too do not like shiny modrn things that much.

Leanne x

miss*R said...

well.. if you wait til next year for the housewarming, then I can be there in person...otherwise, we can have our own xo

I have a new stove but it is an old one.. ha! we imported it from England and it is made by Aga. i love it! You inspire me to cook.. oh and do you eat wheat flour? I have taken myself off it a few weeks ago and need some recipes.

Oh and the photo that is taken from the front window of your van.... it looks very much like country New South Wales.. very much!

All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle

Johney Gaul~1915

Johney Gaul~1915
1890-17 september 1918~France