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

~things to do~

i never thought a post would generate so much interest and i love it that you all feel the same about faceache~it reinforces the notion that i am not some socially inept person for my dislike of facebook and all that it is.

although i do still have my account i am so tempted to wipe it out completely~

what if...

what if i do delete my account...

would i miss the contact with my friends?

i would...

and so it stays but i feel so wonderfully liberated from it, just from the small act of deleting applications and refusing more.

there is so much more in my life right now...

my studies for my masters in history/classics continues, although because of my recent flu bug and the disruption of having a new kitchen fitted means i am a little behind. as of tomorrow the kitchen will be finished~we have the tiler in today and so i find myself shut up in the bedroom at the far end of the house with the sun shining through the window taking the chill out of the air.

i have knitting projects on the go and i have finally launched into the joy of crochet!

i have been able to knit since my mum taught me when i was about 6 years old but have never been able to crochet, despite many attempts. mum could crochet but for some reason was unable to teach me!
a few years ago i bought a book which told me it was so easy to learn...hmmmmm i don't think so.
i think the years of knitting was so ingrained in me i had 'crochet block'~in frustration my hooks went into my knitting bag never to see the light of day until this week.
my neighbour kindly knitted me a gorgeous brown poncho after i had admired her own, plus a matching hat and a 'granny' blanket for when we have pretty pagan camping ready.
so at the weekend out came one of my hooks, a ball of wool and my book...i produced the most dreadful little piece of work in the world...ever. so when pauline popped in the other day i showed her my awful work and i had an instant masterclass.
my word~it is easy!
at the moment i am just working away at what will be a scarf~a bit wonky at the start but a scarf just the same and one i will be proud of, it is a combination of single, double and triple in blocks of three rows, as repetitive practice.

i have to say i am so cack-handed! my tension is all over the shop and i am working as if i am knitting~i think it will take me some time to find it effortless but i am really enjoying it.
it feels a bit more 'portable' than knitting if that makes sense~just yarn and a hook.
nice and simple.

i have been re-reading marion zimmer bradleys 'avalon' books.

i first read 'the mists of avalon' in 1984 (oh my i feel old!) when i started college and it took my breath away. then when they came out the prequels~'the forest house' and the three part 'lady of avalon'.
i have read them, as i do with 'the lord of the rings' and manda scotts 'boudica' books, every few years and i have just started again 'the mists of avalon'.
however there are a few that i have not read, so i imagine it will be soon time to visit my local bookshop!

i have also finally decided to do something i have wanted to do for many years but have never done anything about it~i was prompted into it by my friend carp (obviously not his real name!)~someone i have known for a while now and first met him at avebury earlier this year.
anyhoo~after some e-mails back and forth i took the plunge and decided the time was right to learn a new instrument...

watch this space...

*todays soundtrack~a night out with the dubliners*


Rose said...

OOooooh! Awaiting with interest the unveiling of your new instrument...

I have found with facebook that it gives me an easy way of being in contact with more distant family separated by a little geography. I couldn't give it up, if only for that reason.

I tried to teach myself how to crochet and couldn't get it either. Maybe I should give it another go.

Mel said...

I deleted my faceache account earlier this week...after reading your post, I think!

I was thinking I'd be bothered by not being 'in touch' with people..but truly, I don't give a rat's ass. The people I really want to be in touch with are an email away....really.

And funnily, my ex-husband just emailed me to congratulate me on deleting my account - -we're evidently still *friends* without facebook as an intermediary...so you see, I've not ended the world as we know it...

I feel utterly liberated...I do...now, to cancel the cable tv...*giggles*..I'd be divorced a second time if I did that...;)

twiggypeasticks said...

Oooo Mr Twigs has all the Mists of Avalon books, haven't read them for years. I can knit in a VERY basic way, I do it a funny left handed kind of way my lovely Dad taught me when I was a little girl.
However, I can't crochet for toffee!! I spent what would have been my faceache time yesterday crafting so thank you again :)
Twiggy x
My word verif is fatio - harumph!!

Pixiedust said...

Mists of Avalon is one of my favourite books. Hope te crochet goes well I can't do it, or knit for that matter, but I shall stick to sewing. I'm intrigued as to what instrument you'll be taking up :o) xxx Pixie xxx

JuliaB said...

Hi You! Mists of Avalon was a 'turning point' book for me in my early 20's. Fantastic book, and I read every single MzB Book I could find after that, but it always perplexed me that MZB was a devout christian!! I wondered how she could write about paganism with such incredible and knowing insight ... One of life's mysteries! I know what you mean about Faceache - I call it FaceBovvered! teehee...


Sue Simpson aka - The Purple Pixie said...

Ohhh yes! The Mists of Avalon...I've not read the books but I've watched the film....and I could watch it, again and again and again and ..... the books are too long for me to read...I must get them ordered on talking books, the unabridged version that I can get through a visual impaired group....thanks for reminding me hun xxx

GooseBreeder said...

Excellent,you got your life back!!Despite many invites and promptings I resisted,then got an account for the fun of using the personnna of my dog.Once he died there was no point in mindless time wasting so I deleted.I'm playing with Plurk at present for the novelty.
By the way I have a busy life, so don't have any blanks to fill in, looking after 12.5 acres,breeding geese, being cared for by 2 cats, family, community activities, tapestry design etc,etc. Must get the Avalon books and read, must have done years ago but can't remember.A name close to my heart.Thanks for bringing them to attention.Enjoy the crotchet,never managed it despite trying hard.
A new instrument!!!What fun!

Tipper said...

Congrats on the scarf-Granny loves to crotchet-and is constantly telling me I'll be sorry I didn't let her teach me-I suppose she is right.

Rowan said...

I really enjoyed reading The Mists of Avalon, maybe this winter would be a good time to read it again.
Well done on learning to crochet, it's something I've never mastered in spite of several attempts over the years. Sounds as though there's hope for me yet though:) Hope the studying is going well and that you've managed to catch up in spite of all the distractions.

Leanne said...

Ive read the whole asvalon series (and would never part from them!) Seen the film too, and loved it!

thanks for the kind comment re my dad Laoi

Leanne X

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