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


*firstly i would like to spread Oimelc blessings to you all*

enlarge and you will be able to see some of our first snowdrops coming up on cody's bed~we have plenty more scattered around our garden.

we have done a little gardening, mostly clearing the leaves and some of the dead plants that has provided shelter for all manner of bugs and beasties over the winter, and were pleased to find plenty of green shoots coming up from the earth and buds on my blueberry, the forsythia and the clematis that climbs the arch over our front door.
the honeysuckle and the banksia rose that grows up the bean stick trellis are looking very healthy with plenty of new shoots. we recently found that the mildew the honeysuckle suffered with last year was because it was too dry.
our plan this year when the weather becomes warmer is to sink a plastic bottle of water into the earth close to its base with a hole in the lid which will allow a small but constant drip-this will hopefully keep its roots damp enough to prevent the mildew again.

this is the blanket of harebell growing at the base of our young rowan~it started as a single plant transplanted from the one that started growing wild at the base of our front door~and has survived three winters.

we have some big plans for the garden this year, including the introduction of a wildlife pond and some raised vegetable beds.


we were away for half of last week.
sadly swampys brother-in-law john died not long after new year and we had his funeral in Birmingham last week.
we were booked into a lovely peaceful woodland campsite and drove into city each day to visit family.

the days we were there and the long journey took its toll and i was very unwell for a few days after we arrived home~one of these days was my birthday.
so i have decided that when the weather is better we shall have a day out somewhere special and in the meantime maybe go out for a meal, something we do not do very often.


before we left we coloured my hair again.
remember i mentioned i bought some named 'spice red'?
well i didn't leave it on for as long as they suggest as i wasn't sure how dark red i wanted it-this was the result after about 25 minutes...actually it is much brighter in life...

oh and remember the cupcakes for my sisters birthday?


miss*R said...

oh your birthday? i didn't know :(
can you email me the date so I know next year? ta ox

sorry for the loss in your family xo

your garden sounds delightful. did you know that honeysuckly is a weed here in the mountains where I live? it is rampaging all over the native bushland, suffocating the native plants. weekends are dedicated by nature care groups, to eradicating it.
enjoy your springtime [love the hair!!] xo

dubgirl said...

Imbolc blessings and happy belated birthday. i think your hair looks great, good plans for the garden, that is something to look forward to x

Rowan said...

I'm sorry to hear of Swampy's family bereavement, it isn't a great way to begin the year.
It's locvely discovering all the bulbs and shoots coming through under the piles of dead leaves isn't it? My gardening activities have come to a halt as it's too wet to do anything at the moment.
I love your new hair colour, you've got it just right I think.

Steph said...

Oooo those cup cakes are saying ' eat me '!
Dave came home at Imbolc so we lit a bonfire to celebrate a week of work and a promise of green fingers. That bottle stuck into the earth to keep the clematis drinking is what we do with each tomato plant and aubergine we grow. Our neighbour very kindly ploughed our veg plot yesterday .... including the comfrey bed Dave was nursing from roots my Dad had given us. Haven't found it growing in France - another thing to research !
That red hair is lovely .

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