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

~back in time~

as we walked flynt this morning it seemed we were surrounded by dark clouds and a chill wind had drifted across the forest~not long after we arrived home and made warm drinks it became very dark and poured with rain~

it did not last and now the clear blue sky has returned but the sun no longer really warms


i realised i forgot to tell you about my bag~my bum bag to be exact

here it is being modelled by yours truly before one of our walks across the forest...

generally i use my corduroy/patchwork shoulder bag but for a few weeks now, because of the pain in my neck, shoulders and back i have found that the bag hanging over my shoulder caused more pain.

i was thinking about it one evening (what does that tell you about my life that i sit thinking about bags?) and suddenly remembered my younger festival days, the days when the price of festival tickets were in double figures and sleeping in a tent was fun (sorry i have been spoilt by the luxurious house on wheels that swampy has built me and i love the huge, comfortable bed in 'pretty pagan')

*i am rambling*

back then i had a nice little patterned fabric bum bag that held my essentials and strapped comfortably around my waist, one would be perfect for me now~funnily enough i encountered another bb lover while at vanfest and i think the image must have stayed in my mind for it to pop up in such a random fashion.
leslie and her little dog louis camped near us for the week in her camper she had been living in for some time (and what a cosy little house it was and i have to say she had the most lovely dreadlocks~most envious)

*am i rambling again? i think i am...*

anyway a quick search online i found and ordered the bb and it arrived two days later.
of course it meant i had to move things from my big bag into the bb~this i did earlier today...

*the little blue 'stanley' purse actully holds my migraine tablets, some anadin extra and a solitary diclofenac sodium
*burts bee's lip balm...actually make that three burts bee's (i am a bit of a lip balm addict)~the original with peppermint oil, honey and a 'replenishing' one with pomegranate oil i discovered while in new york and could not pass it by!
*a tin of trillium organics lavender and geranium shea butter~another find from new york
*a pack of cherry honey ricola 'swiss herb drops'
*tisserand 'de-stress'oil~previously seen on my bedside table
*my blackberry

~unseen items are a solitary dog poop bag, my purse in the shape of an owl and a small bottle of majmua attar oil (thank you luna~if you read this!)

i have to say i feel quite liberated on my walks now with my hands free~although i have to say my hands have been in pockets this past few days and i forget my gloves.


i also forgot to show you some tins i bought for the kitchen...

we are finally, almost, finished with getting our little house up together and how we like it. its taken over two years and we have only one floor to lay and two rooms to paint.
i have been trying to introduce some splashes of color and so when i saw these tins i thought they would be perfect for our kitchen~the top one holds my tea lights, the middle one my finn crisp (they are very moreish and perfect for snacking on)the large one will be for the 'naughty' biscuits~such as shortcake and jaffa cakes.

i also put out my samhuinn decorations...

...oh and rose hip syrup is the plan for tomorrow~there are so many where we walk that i am sure the birds will not mind me taking a bagful to make this lovely winter syrup.

hope you are all having a lovely weekend


Kath said...

Oh I love that bumbag. I have one too and it is ideal for holding the camera while out dog walking.
Your decorations are lovely, especially the little pumpkin (tea light holders?). I have not decorated the house much until now, but I have no excuse any more, the shops in Glasters are full to the brim of wonderful, weird and enticing Samhain goodies :D
..and like you, I have been spoiled with my van abd wouldn't like to camp in a tent again :D

laoi gaul~williams /I\ said...

hello kath :)
the little pumpkins are not tea light holders~they would be even nicer if they were however. we have a small, independent florist in the village and every year she finds the most perfect little pumpkins

Laura said...

just wanted to say hello! i hope you are having a good day today. i've been told by my dr that i need to start walking, at least i have a little park a block or two away that I can walk in instead of on the roadways of town...

miss*R said...

a lovely post again.. I love the rambling - ness of it :)

rose hip syrup sounds good.. do you have a recipe?
[I have just been sorting my Beltane decorations - simple and sweet]

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