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

~a few days~

~we had two half days at the new forest show this year~

*a coppice man's makeshift stove~oddly the man was a wiltshire man with the same name as one of my wiltshire ancestors, Poynting*

*steam driven apple press~the juice tasted fantastic*

*steam driven hay baler*

i took a lot more photos but they seem to be taking forever to upload~we had a great time however but we arrived home exhausted each day.
we brought home some local scrumpy...funny how its local but we only buy it at the show each year.however in october they are having a cider fayre so we have put it down on our calender to go and replenish our stock.


i had a parcel through the post from my good friend, the welsh wizard...

from starchild in glastonbury some lovely tea to bring on sleep~gorgeous with a spoon of honey at bedtime


our garden has been enjoying some rain this week and we have had a new resident pass through and decide to stay


my crochet is coming along nicely and i have two 'practice' blanket projects on the go with wool i have had in my knitting bag for a few years.

this is my first ever attempt at granny squares and i am quite pleased with my work...

this is debbie bliss merino aran i am working with a 4.5 hook.
i don't have too much of this to this project will probably be a small cot blanket.

this is rowanspun 4 ply worked with a 3.0 hook.
again i do not have too much of this, i have found it has been discontinued but maybe able to source some more.
i intend to just keep working until i run out but hopefully i will have enough to make a decent, single size blanket.
i love this a lot, it feels almost slightly felted/tweedy, but is so thin, so its making quite delicate squares.

i love rowan yarn...an awful lot...and now i have become crochet obsessed...yes i said obsessed. yes, i lay abed thinking of projects i can work on as my work improves and get out my hook and yarn instead of my laptop with my first tea of the day...i digress...i love rowan yarn and spend more time than i should at their website drooling, yes, drooling over their yarns and patterns...go have a look and i defy you not to fall in love.


mama p said...

over the whole lot of it: steam-powered allofit, apple juice, old stoves, etc and the crochet :)

John. Just another blogger said...

Oh do please let me know if the herbal tea does work! I sleep really badly due to the M.E. I'm afraid I had to resort to using sleeping pills , but limit them to one evey 3 nights, so if you could let me know about alternatives, I'd be so grateful. Love John x

Rowan said...

The New Forest Show looks as though it's still a proper rural affair. It's Bakewell Show this coming week and unfortunately it's nowhere near as rural as it was when I first started going. Their idea of 'rural crafts' makes me want to scream! It's sad when there really are a lot of proper country craftspeople around these days.

Twiggy said...

ooo your crochet looks great as does your garden!! Twiglet would love the steam press.
Twiggy x

miss*R said...

I love country shows.. sadly, they are few and far between here now..
love, love your passion for crocheting! you can make yourself a knee rug to keep warm in winter, which will be here before you know it.

Tina said...

I would love to be once at one of those english rural shows.
Your pictures from your garden are great again! And your crochet really looks good!
I just found out how to make the bestest sleep tea ever: go into the garden, get some lavender leaves, some melissa leaves and a tip of a mint twig, pour boiling water over them and sip calmly. A drop of honey might be great, too. I love that!!!

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