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


october arrived in this ancient forest on the back of howling winds and heavy rain

during the night i woke from my sleep every time my body needed to change position because it hurts to turn over and so i would lay for a while listening to the wind and rain through the open window~it sounded just wonderful and i would smile into the darkness.

'delicious autumn!
my very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns'

george eliot

i adore the wild weather that autumn and winter bring us~to me the warm days of summer are so very still with heat and nothing more blanketing the land.

but the wild wind, rain, sparking frosts and snow are another matter altogether~it makes me feel alive and in an odd way motivated to embrace the inner contemplation that the increasing darkness this time brings.

it feels as if i have woken from a summer hibernation~for many days in the summer it was too hot for me to even sit in the garden and when i did i would follow the shade of the forsythia around the garden or retreat inside where the curtains was closed against the sun. swmapy has decided that before the return of summers heat he is going to have a small pergola built over our small patio~we already have an evergreen jasmine growing up the back wall of the house which will grow wonderfully over any structure in its way and against the fence a rambling rose~i can see in my minds eye these two plants climbing and joining to create a wonderful bower under which i can meditate and journal on those too hot days.

but for now i have the wind and rain~we have yet to have our first frost. it was almost here a few days ago but not quite. i looked out at a cold dew that on first glimpse gave the impression of a light frost~but no, not yet.

the trees and bushes are laden with fruit~bright spots of red and purple in the green~and many trees are still holding onto green leaves~it was the same last year and we had a hard winter and i am convinced it will be the same this year too.

*today is a day for wool craft and meditations*


Kath said...

Your vision of the bower sounds idyllic, I can imagine relaxing in it's dappled shade.

Rowan said...

This is just how I feel about autumn and winter too. As for the woolcraft - after a break from knitting I began on a cardigan for George last night. I love this time of year.

Pixiedust said...

What a lovely post. The autumn is my favourite season, and there really is something comforting about being tucked up inside while the wind and rain are lashing against the window. I made a hearty pumpkin soup yesterday which we are having for lunch today with some homemade honey bread, and just bought a tray of cupcakes out of the oven, they just need to cool now ready to be iced. Enjoy your woolcraft today. ((((hugs)))) Pixie. xxx

Kadeeae said...

So glad you are 'back' =)

Re the chain you saw on mine- I have not progressed much past that. I have done many other chains, but still struggle with getting an even tension. I shall not give up, but have had to put it away for a bit as I was becoming so frustrated!

I can imagine many happy (and cooler!) times to be had under your new pergola.

All the best

dubgirl said...

I dont think the first frosts are too far away. The pergola sounds lovely, something nice to look forward to after all the wind and rain x

Rhiannon said...

I love your reflections on Autumn. I feel the same way and repressed by too much heat. I feel I've come alive again (I've given some good and silly reasons why I love Oct. on elizabethrhiannon.blogspot), mainly for the coolness, the colors, the crispness and my spiritual connection for the season. Loved your post, it's nice to reconnect with you. Have a wonderful first day of October.

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