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

~here & gone again~

well i did it again~days of no blogging.
the days seem to speed by me and i am sure there are fewer hours in the day!

since my last post i managed a walk to a place called setley pond which is about a mile from home. the last time i went there was in the winter and i posted at the time about the bronze age barrow that is close to the pond.
well now it is wearing its spring clothes...

the pond looked wonderful in the sun...

i was just too late to photograph a man driving his horse and cart through the shallow area at this end of the pond where a small bank of shingle sits in the middle.


swampy has been helping me make a staff...

i found a large fallen branch in the forest back in the winter. i had been looking for one suitable to make a staff for ages and the branch this came from was literally laying right in front of me.
i, of course, took it as a sign and we loaded the whole branch in the camper and once home swampy trimmed it to size for me and it was left in the bedroom to dry for about six months.

this month i started to carefully peel the bark off, swampy gave it a gentle sand and then i gave it a coat of finishing oil then two coats of bee's wax.
swampy then wrapped a strong thong around to make a soft grip for my hand and i attached the little pouch and one of my hag stones through the hole swampy had drilled through the stick for this purpose...


we are off for a few days today. we spent yesterday slowly packing up 'pretty pagan' and today we head into wiltshire to our 'base' campsite where we are meeting all of our friends from the stonewylde forum.
on saturday we are all going a few miles down the road for a day at avebury.

some of you may remember my post two years ago when some of us had a day out in avebury, which last year developed into a day combined with a few days camping. this has developed into a tradition now and we will be gathering again in august with the launch of kits fourth book 'shadows of stonewylde'


here are the great tit chicks that are in one of our bird boxes...

and here is our first crop of radish from our garden...they taste very good!

well i had better get myself organised and finish packing my clothes...i shall catch up with you all when i retur home.



Anonymous said...

Lovely pics! Your radishes look fab. How is pup? Chester was 1 the other day, can't believe it! Hope you enjoy your time away x

Kadeeae said...

Hope you have a glorious time, I'll look forward to an update when you're back :)

Wishing you the spoons you need to enjoy your time away. . .

dubgirl said...

I love your staff and how wonderful to have a web cam (I presume) in the bird box. Everything looks lovely, have a great time with the other stonewylders, I'm going to try to get there in August x

Steph said...

Have a great few days in ' pretty pagan ' and hear from you later !

Twiggy said...

I love Avebury and haven't been for many years, have a fab time.
twiggy x

Crystalrainbow said...

have a great trip away look forward to the pics when you return :) your staff looks wonderful its lovely when the right bit of wood turns up at the right time and how yummy do your radishes look....... mine are never this perfect x x x

Rowan said...

What a shame you missed the man with his horse and cart, it would have made a great photo. I really like your staff - what kind of wood is it?I take it the staff will be travelling to Avebury with you, hope you have a lovely time:)

Tina said...

Love your new layout!
The pond really looks like a very special place! So peaceful in the sun. Your staff looks very special, too. Like the thought of having one, but as I have to deal with four leashes most of the time, no way... We had tits in our garden, too, they are already gone. I love help nature! We live right at the edge of the fields, with lots of shrubs around and lots of "open, wild, unused" land between all the houses in this new building area but still they chose our frequented garden for their nest. Your radishes look great and I can imagine their taste, as our first have been harvested, too :-)
Hope you are having a great time camping!
Tina in Germany

mama p said...

i do love dropping by here! :)

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