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

~of sacred sites~

i am a dreadful blogger
 truly awful
there is no excuse


i had meant to at least blog via tumblr while we were away but was so busy meeting friends, shopping and sleeping i didnt even get time at night.

even my morning cup of tea was not spent in bed but sitting outside as our dear friends roses and lizzie fae were camped next to us in their tent and using the 'solstice cafe' (more about that in a mo!) for their morning tea and so i would go and join them.

but we had a fantastic time and didnt want it to end...


our journey to Glastonbury took us across the cranbourne chase with the most amazing views...

we had to stop for a 'comfort break' for flynt!

there is something about the Tor...it is like a beacon to those who feel connected, in whatever way, to this land and the ancestors.
 i dont know why this is, but it is so.
even from many miles away when it is a teeny, tiny speck on the horizon you can turn your gaze to it straight away, with no help from any map.

from my first visit over twenty years ago it has felt like another home for me and i know many people who feel the same and you keep being drawn back time and time again...

our campsite in Glastonbury was only a ten minute walk into the town (actually town is wrong, i would call it a large village!) and so the next day we walked down and met our good friends alan 'the welsh wizard' and jilly from wales who had come down for the day.

Glastonbury has a pull to it like the Tor...it draws you in and holds you close and something finds its way into your soul and remains there forever and you never want to leave...

luckily swampy and i only live a two hour drive and so can go for a day when the mood takes us, but now we know we can camp so close our future visits will be for a day or two.

it was swampys first ever visit to Glastonbury~my vists are countless...see it does get into your soul and draw you back~and so i was a bit unsure how he would take to the 'alternativeness' of it~we had been there only five minutes when he turned to me and said 'we are definatly coming back here!'
i was so pleased and was equally amazed when he fell in love with the goddess and the green man where i topped up my incense supply with goddess and greenman, green man and wise woman

in another shop i was able to buy two little bottles of Spiritual Sky perfume oil, white musk and orchid-i have used this for many years...

 when i was a 21 year old chamber maid in one of the few large hotels here in the village i would wear my uniform-a horrid yellow ruffled thing with my DM boots with bells laced through the laces, my hair henna'd (the top was long and i had the back and sides shaved to grade 3) and my spiritual sky patchouli oil~one day i was told to stop with the patchouli as someone complained of the smell!

i also bought a beautiful long purple skirt in Lilith, some books in The Speaking Tree and we all had lunch sitting outside of Heaphys enjoying a nice cup of tea and people watching.

it was a really special day and it was only the start of our holiday for next we were headed to Avebury

we arrived at the campsite and set up and slowly all our friends started to arrive over the next two days-we took over the covered bbq area, now named 'the barn' on friday and saturday night, and on the saturday we took over the village hall in avebury for the day for kits book signing.

Mr.B's gongs~they sounded amazing in the dark...

poor Bilbo broke his leg at the lammas games in avebury the week before...

briar baggins loved flynt~especially his fluffy tail which she thought was a good toy...

saturday night was dress up night to celebrate kits new book...

it was a really special weekend and many, many tears were shed when we all had to go our own way and return to the 'outside' world.

however all is not lost for we are all having another big gathering in may and between then and now we are arranging small moots and gatherings (to say nothing of the facebook community~goodness knows what we would do without facebook now!)

well time for me to think about dinner and peruse all my 'new' books and my new yoga magazine.

i shall come visit with you all over the next few days!

anyone wanting to see more photos can find me on facebook as

lee-soltice dreamer-williams


Twiggy said...

So pleased you had a lovely time, your photos are great. I love Glastonbury it has such a nice feel to it, I also love Avebury too, both very magical places. Do you think it's all the ley lines that make it feel that way?
They are both on our long list of places to introduce Twiglet to :)
Twiggy x

Kadeeae said...

Ahhh... ;-)

Sounds like you had a great time, what about the solstice cafe though? Did I miss something (wouldn't be the first time, lol)

Loved Glastonbury - Goddess & The Green Man too, could have stayed at Chalice Well Gardens forever. Miss it all now! :( Our time there felt like we were in a lovely 'bubble'...

laoi gaul~williams said...

the solstice cafe! i shall blog about it tomorrow!

Gill said...


I am so glad you had a good time.


Kath said...

"it does get into your soul and draw you back"

You have sumed up perfectly why we chose to come and live here in Glastonbury. Today we have been here a year and couldnt be happier, or feel more at home.
Lovely photos, I look forward to reading about your camp xx

Miss Robyn said...

so much I want to say but first wanted to say this: spiritual sky patchouli is the oil i have been wearing since I was about 15! I love it!!

Leanne said...

sounds wonderful Laoi. I wish I could have made it!

Leanne x

Rose said...

I wish I lived closer to them. I think we might have to go next year. It would be F's first time to both as well. So glad you had a lovely time!

Tina said...

You definitely had a great time with great people in great surroundings. No wonder you didn't have the time to blog... I think I will love Glastonbury once I'll ever get there. Just oh-ed and ah-ed over Kaths coloured houses pictures on the main street and your pictures just add to that image I have of Glastonbury. I am just reading the Arthur saga and Merlin's Tor has burned again... I know I would feel all that magic there!

mel said...

first off - a pox upon the git who complained about the patchouli oil!! that's all i wear, myself...well, along with clothing, of course. :D


i'm dead jealous.

that's all. :D

LOVE all the photos...it looks a marvelous time....such a beautiful community of peeps you have! glad you enjoyed yourselves...


Crystalrainbow said...

oh ty for the wonderful reminder of glastonbury :) it makes my heart sing just being there :) wonderful pics ty x x x hope your resting now ready for the next adventure

Pixie said...

I envy, envy, envy, you, i adore Glastonbury and i totally know what you mean by feeling connected with the place, i never want to leave either, i am just sad that my other half doesnt feel the same way as i do, otherwise i think i would be back and forth to Glastonbury all the time.
I so love seeing other peoples photos of there trips there, they are the same yet they are differant, if you know what i mean, and is the 'blue note' cafe still there? they do the best veggie lasagne ever.
Pixie x

jill said...

I am like every body else who has commented on your post I really do envy your visit,as I was reading I could smell the little shops felt at peace and felt very home sick.I have only been twice but I would pack my little house up and move there tomorrow if life would allow me to.Instead I will light my candles put on my favorite patchouli oil and pretend I am there.Love Jill xx

Bohemian said...

Thank you for taking us along on your Journey, beautiful places, Gypsy Style with good Friends is always the way I love to travel & explore! *winks*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

~Willow~ said...

loved reading your blog. sorry I couldn't make it this time. but there will be nothing to stop me next time!!!
blessings, Willow x

laoi gaul~williams said...

hello wonderful willow!

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