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

~no sleep~

another night of not sleeping...

i have had about 2 hours, un-restful sleep, lay awake for a while and finally gave up around 2am, made myself a mug of lemon tea and turned on my laptop.

i have a lot happening over the next few weeks...

~i have just submitted my final essay for my present course
~have started my revision for my three hour exam which is on the 14th of october.
~i have a small amount of work to submit for my next course by the 16th of october
~and a second short piece of work on Homer's Odyssey by the 23rd of October.

now i would not usually worry about this, i have my time planned nicely-3 hours a day devoted to revision and 2-3 on the small amount of new work on Homer.
luckily my new course is the excitingly titled 'exploring the classical world' and so the reading etc, for me, will be great fun.
the reading i have done so far has been so interesting it is just like reading a really good book.

no problem there then.

i am a little worried because in reality i have to have all the work done by the 14th because on the 15th i fly with my sister to Malaga in Spain to board this behemoth...

the royal caribbean' navigator of the seas'

we have what is known as a 'junior suite' up on deck nine at the front of the ship...there are 15 decks-told you it was a behemoth...or leviathan is also a suitable description!...whose layout is...

most exciting is we have our own little balcony and so i can imagine many hours spent there with a good book.

from malaga we sail the Mediterranean, through the Strait of Gibraltar (or to give it it's much more interesting name 'the pillars of hercules) which separates europe from africa by a mere 14km, into the atlantic.

over the following four days we will be visiting tenerife on the canary islands which i am looking forwards to as my granddad george spent a lot of time there after retiring from a lifetime in the royal navy. i still have some of the jewellery made from gold and volcanic rock that he bought me as a child and so i shall take that with me to wear. i am hoping to get to the teide national park and take the cable car up mount teide...my sister get travel sick (yes i know...going on a cruise + travel sick!)even in these so i may well take that particular journey alone.

we then sail on, docking in funchal in madeira...its well worth looking at the photo album on this site...i have never really given the place a second thought until now...it looks so beautiful and so cannot wait to get there with my camera.

~it will certainly be an experience~

swampy is now home~and it was so good to have him come through the door late on monday i can tell you!

we now have the pressure of fixing and selling pippin and then finding his replacement-once he is sold it means we have no transport until the replacement is found and bought! that is not a major problem as we can get the 'lymington flyer'-the heritage line train into lymington for shopping.
its just...hassle if you know what i mean.


Rose said...

Your holiday sounds fantastic! I hope Pippin is fixed easily and a replacement found quickly.

Rowan said...

It sounds as though you'll need this holiday after all the work you have to do:) You'll enjoy the cruise, I did the same route many years ago and Madeira is really beautiful. If tablets don't work for your sister's sea sickness send her down to the ship's doctor, they can give her an injection for it - I speak from experience, the Bay of Biscay can be very rough. I shouldn't tell her this in advance though!

Mel said...

sounds like a lovely trip -- yes, DO take lots of pics...so's we can *share*..:)

The last time I was on a boat of any great size - a mid-sized fishing boat, it was to go deep sea fishing...let's just say I spent the whole time lying on the (very stinky) floor of the boat, willing myself to die. Seasickness is not something to be trifled with. Bring on the drugs, is all I have to say....I'm not usually prone to the seasick bit, but the ocean was very rough that day and I think that and the overpowering STENCH of fish did me in. *shudder*...

miss*R said...

wow! lucky you!! I love cruising ~ what a fantastic trip you are going on.

mama p said...

little WONDER you cannot sleep!! so much to plan, and so many levels to what's happening... and your trip feels a bit like touching in with your ancestors, too. enjoy the process of it and i CAN'T WAIT!! to see what photos and adventure-tales you'll post! :) good luck with it all-- happy autumn, what a celebration.

Ravenoak said...

Sounds fabulous Laoi, a nice reward once all the work is done.

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