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 peaceful day~

i had a peaceful day yesterday but struggled with a headache and neck ache which somewhat took the shine off the day.

it was a grey, chill and damp day for our morning walk...this was the view from the track we follow to our favourite place near our home...

as we parked, looking through the tangle of holly i could see three ponies, already wearing their shaggy winter coats~they were alert, looking ahead at something, although one turned to look at me and i wondered if it was us disturbing them.
suddenly they turned and run through the woods, their hooves thudding on the soft forest floor~then they wheeled and came back, still looking ahead.

as we walked off they turned and run again, crashing through the woods and coming out in front of us calling to the ponies who were on the open heath~they too started to run.

then the reason for this excitement made itself clear...

three pigs, the same ones we saw last week, came trotting out of the woods from the direction the ponies had been looking and proceeded to trot along the track, making their way to the entrance of a campsite tucked away in the tree's...

you can see some of the ponies running off to join some others~safety in numbers

the gorse is still flowering on some of the bushes...

i love the shape of the holly tree...

a stream flows through the woods and is running high after heavy rains...

i have always loved this little cottage~it sits at the end of the single street that makes up the centre of the village, a ford~or what we locals have always called the 'watersplash'~separating the cottage from the main village...


back home it was dark so i lit the fire and candles and my lamp which casts a red glow and star shapes on the wall and wrapping my prudence around me sat with a mug of lemon tea and a pile of books, my ogham cards and journal~that was my day.

i read, wrote in my journal, sorted my ogham cards, read some more...

candles were lit around the room to welcome the spirit and on my alter in honour of my ancestors and those in the summerlands...

in the evening i raised a glass a mead to my ancestors and the spirits...

*i hope you all had a peaceful day*


miss*R said...

that is a lovely peaceful post xoxo

Ambermoggie, a fragrant soul said...

magical photos of your walk, thank you for sharing them:)
Happy Samhain to you

Granny Sue said...

What a lovely day. I love those renegade pigs--what in the world...? Shades of Animal Farm? Are they planning a takeover?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos with us...they're terrific.
Sounds like a lovely peaceful Samhain, a lot like mine as it goes :0)
My daughter and I had our "feast" and after she went to bed, I had my time of quiet reflection.
Blessings to you and yours.

laoi gaul~williams /I\ said...

sue~it is pannage season here where the commoners of the forest have the right to let their pigs out to eat the acorns. we have several little gangs of them around the village~another is a mother pig with about 8 piglets.

dubgirl said...

that was a lovely post and a lovely day, blessing to you x
ps I didnt know horses were frightened of pigs x

Kath said...

Lovely autumnal photos. Your altar looks beautiful too, with all those speical items and photos.

Anonymous said...

i love the photos and the adventure of the pigs and horses :). thank you for this, it made me smile.



Anonymous said...

Lovely post Laoi, my favourite was the three little pigs. :-)

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