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

~is it really so long...?~

...since my last post here?

well i guess it is and i have lots of reasons why that is so.

i have been spending a lot of time in our garden.
 we have had a very unseasonal few weeks with days of sunshine that makes you think of summer. the sun has been so hot i have been having to put on my factor 30 aloe vera suncream just to sit in the garden.

this is not like an english spring at all.

my 'nook' in the garden is now complete with the arrival of two wooden chairs and a table (although we are debating the table may be a bit too large for the area) and a small clay chimenea. we also have a wooden bench in another part of the garden which gets the sun later in the day to give us a different view and under this we store our small cut logs.

the climbing rose and jasmine are slowly climbing their way along the top of my nook and i really hope that by real summer they will provide shade.the spring flowers are slowing returning to the earth, we have one geranium with wonderful purple flowers growing right by my nook and the huge climbing banksia rose is full of tiny buds. 

we now also have a small fountain near codys 'bed' and its just bliss to sit there in the peace and listen to the water~often i just sit there with a book or my crochet and end up doing just that~sitting. and listening and looking.
we have blue tits and great tits nesting in our garden and many other birds still coming here to feed. yesterday seemed special for right above our garden six~yes six!~buzzards were circling high above us.

our herbs, fruit and vegetables~peas, corn, radish, carrots, beetroot, tomato, little gem and cut and come again salad, strawberries,blueberries are doing well.
i am hoping that it is not too late to plant red currants in a large pot.

the next small project is to put in a small wildlife pond in the hope we will attract frogs and provide another watering hole for birds.
since cutting our logs has opened up a purpose made hole in the fence and we have removed the puppy proofing which has opened another small gap in the other fence i am hoping we can attract the hedgehogs back to help with slug control (organic gardening here of course!).


i have also been feeling quite unwell. the sunshine helps me mentally after such a hard winter.
 it feels good to sit in the garden breathing in the good air~we are near no main road so have no traffic pollution. our garden smells of soil and growing things, and the occaisional incense cone!

physically i have not been great with my m.e and fibro being mean...there is no other word, they are mean!
i thought a short walk (plod) with swampy and flynt would make me feel better the other afternoon but i was so exhausted all i could do was sit in the camper and watch them have a walk~how horrid is that?

the previous week i managed a few slow, painful walks and was so glad i did for we found the first foal of spring had been born...

we are now getting excited as the donkeys will soon be ready to bring their babies into the world...these were in the village recently...

...so yes my m.e and fibro have not been joyous recently however
i had an ultra sound with my consultant last week and happily my uterus has now reverted to its normal size...four times smaller than it was in august!
when i first saw him i was unsure about having small plastic beads injected to cut off the blood supply to my uterus but agreed to give it a chance. i am now so glad i did however i am still experiencing odd pelvic pain so i am now waiting for another mri and a return visit to my gynechologist to have it investigated further.

my gp has also now referred me to a pain management clinic, i just need to decide which hospital i wish to go to...we thought maybe bournemouth so we can go into the city after.


i have been working on my crochet when my hands and arms have been kind to me and my alpaca cotton shawl is going well.
i have also picked out the yarn for my sisters poncho which i hope to start next week.

well my nook beckons~i shall be round to visit over the next few days, there are so many of you now it takes me sometime to get around!

~i hope you all have a wonderful day~


mel said...

lovely to *see* you again -- i've been rather remiss in my bloggy rounds of late so am just doing a bit of catch-up on this rainy Saturday.

your garden sounds absolutely DIVINE!!! pure bliss, i'd say...

hope you feel better -- but so glad your little nook breathes a little comfort in...


Kadeeae said...

Also hoping your day is wonderful, enjoying your nook and all that surrounds you :)

Rowan said...

Nice to see you back, I was wondering about you the other day. It's been lovely to be able to enjoy all the lovely warm sunshine hasn't it? It makes such a difference to the way you feel. Let's hope it eases some of the pain that you suffer and that the pain management clinic helps as well.

miss*R said...

a perfect post.. again I was with you in the garden. xoxo
and yes, it has been quite awhile since you posted. i truly miss your posts xo

dubgirl said...

Your garden sounds delightful and I love the donkeys. I hope you are feeling better and that you can get the pain under control, please show us some pics of the garden x

Tina said...

Nice that you are back here! Sorry for reading that you are having such bad times. But it is inspiring how you cope with everything and still see the beauty in the little things! Your nook sounds very welcoming, invitating, relaxing.
Over here it is also not very springlike more like and early summer and everything is so dry!
Thanks for sharing the ponies and donkeys, I really can’t imagine meeting them just outside free in the forest and village but it seems like I must come over to your place one day when I visit England again (last time was 22 years ago so don't be afraid I might pop up any time soon, I am completely loveing to spend my vacations in my Little Home)

Elizabeth Rhiannon said...

Well, your Spring (and nook) sound beautiful. I feel for your pain, though. My sister also has fibro and I know it's not fun. I hope you're feeling well with your oncoming of Spring and Summer and any treatments you have will benefit you. Blessings your way...

Caitlin said...

So sorry to hear you've not been well Laoi, hope the spring brings you some healing.

Love the donkeys!

gemma said...

Hi! Serendipity brought me here.
I do love the poem by Sam Walter Foss at your intro. Peace.

Rose said...

Such a beautiful place you have! I am quite envious..... Sorry the ME and fibro have been ganging up on you. I can not imagine the fibro at all. Glad you have some progress with something health related though! *hugs*

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