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

~of barrow's*moots & bodhrans~

fired up by my recent tree oracle we set off for the 'southern' stonewylde moot at avebury and it was a lovely sunny day as we drove through the forest.

our journey took us through the ancient village of downton in wiltshire, about ten miles from our own village. i have fond feelings for the village as i have roots there going back, as far as i have researched so far, to the 1600's. this village and the ones of whiteparish, sherfield english and compton chamberlayne are all within ten miles of salisbury and i have traced family back to the 1500's in compton chamberlyne

old sarum

bronze age round barrows that dot the land around stonehenge~these are part of the winterbourne stoke barrows

heading out across salisbury plain the weather does not look good

the neolithic silbury hill~the tallest man made mound in europe

the following pictures are all of the moot at avebury~most of us were meeting new people for the very first time but we all connected and good friendships were forged during our time together
*look out for the crop 'circle'*

a goodbye group photo~until we meet again

more barrows~this time just outside of avebury

our route takes us across salisbury plain

taking a different route home we drive by stonehenge as the rain statrts to fall

the rain continues beyond stonehenge

sailsbury cathederal

a few miles down the road and back in the new forest the sun is out and it looks like summer

foals are starting to spring up all over the forest now

~of bodhrans~

carp had arrived in avebury earlier than all of us and had been in the henge shop where he had something to show me~a beautiful bodhran with a triskele painted on the skin. as is usually the way of things i did not have the money to buy it there and then, but handling it made me want to get myself one even more~almost as if there was a vibration calling to me. he had also brought his didj as he was hoping to go to the west kennet long barrow to play for a while in the chamber, so he gave a short solo performance~the sound was amazing so i have decided to buy a didj once i have my bodhran and had a few months practice.

oh and he gave us the most wonderful bird house he had made (picture to come!) so thank you so much!


Samsara said...

Aaah, Silbury Hill, Avebury, Stonehenge, some of my very favourite places! I'm hoping to head that way myself this weekend! (BTW my partner plays the didj and I play the bodhran myself very badly! We've played in WK long barrow many times! )

Jaime said...

Oh what beautiful pictures! i am envious!

Moonroot said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. I love Avebury and I also love the Stonewylde books, so I am very envious!

JuliaB said...

Gosh.. that picture of The Beech's at Avebury doesn't half bring back a memory or two .. how often have I stood there in all weathers .... I love Avebury, it's one of my favourite places. Next time you visit you will have to go to The Devil's Den whcih is round the corner from Silbury Hill. Have you got "The Modern Antiquarian" by Julian Cope? Brilliant reference for earthwork explorers! x

Tina said...

What a lovely trip. Thanks for taking me with you. It is nearly 20 years ago that I was in England for the last time. I have lovely memories but I kind of miss it. Oh and when I was at Stonehenge even longer ago - it rained.

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