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

~come into the woods~

it was so hot yesterday we waited until it started to cool down before taking flynt on his walk.
one of our regular destinations is an area about a mile from home that covers areas known as horseshoe bottom, longslade view~where there is a bronze age bowl barrow (more of that another day as well as the rare conjoined disc barrows a bit closer to home)~and longslade bottom.

we parked at longslade bottom and followed the path under what was once the single railway track from brockenhurst to hamworthy in dorset~with the lovely name of 'castlemans corkscrew'



flynt enjoyed the cool mud and water in Hincheslea Bog~needless to say it was bath time when we got back home and he lost his beloved tennis ball in the mud~a lot of poking with a stick could not locate it!

we were feeling brave~there are times when our individual health problem mean that we cannot always have a good long walk but some days we just need to stay out as it is so beautiful and despite the hill ahead of us the coolness of the woods were calling

the bracken was head and shoulder height in some places and had that special smell that it gives off in the heat

the darkish green band in the centre is the spread of the bog~the photo does not reflect how high we were~just a little higer and we would be able to see the isle of wight in the distance.

the edge of the woods which hide hincheslea estate, once one of several Saxon manors that once existed in this immediate area and mentioned in the domesday book~Hincelveslei,Brochelie and Broceste.
to this day there is still a big house hidden in the woods


we had to keep an eye on where we put our feet




not many people hike up the hill and deep into the woods and this makes it a special, peaceful place.
there is a stilness there that is hard to find these days


Leanne said...

Laoi, it looks wonderful! Wish I had been there with you on that walk, it looks just 'my ' sort of walk too!

cant beat shady woods on hot days, can you? and walking where people have walked for millenia, that connection to the ancestors, with the barrows and mounds- fab!

Leanne x

Kadeeae said...

I so wish that there was a lovely, woody place a walkable distance from here =( I am surrounded by sea & dunes on one side and 'town' on the other.

In hope, I still keep a lookout when we are out and about just in case there's one hiding that I've missed =)

laoi gaul~williams /I\ said...

leanne, i hope your virtual walk helped you feel rested :) it really is a special place to live, although i miss dorset teribly, i do feel so rooted here and although the places are not as famous as other sacred sites we have so many barrows and 'hill forts' around us to help connect. one day you may well come here and we can have a walk :)...maybe swampy and i ned to arrange some SW gathering nearby ;)

kadeeae, we used to live in bournemouth and the sea was a few minutes walk~here the sea is about 5 miles and i miss not having it on my doorstep!

Leanne said...

ooh its a date!! :-)

Leanne x

miss*R said...

wow !! [I'll come too !!!]
explain the Domesday book..
I don't know much about that at all :(

orchidlover said...

Thank you for letting me come with you on your walk. My black lab, Stanley would have loved to have been there with you. Especially the muddy bit.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Laura said...

Wow, what a beautiful place. if I had a place like that to walk, I'd probably walk every day. thanks for sharing it with us...

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