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

~solstice cafe~

another gap in my blogging-i am finding it more difficult to get myself into a routine since coming back from avebury, my head is in the clouds still.

so, the 'solstice cafe' and 'any night in the jack'

the solstice cafe was my idea for helping those camping with us at avebury who had no access to electric.
i set up a free cafe in the awning we use on Pretty Pagan when we are going to be camped for longer than a couple of days, providing a kettle, water, tea, coffee and herbal teas, milk-all they had to have was a cup!

'any night in the jack' is a take on the pub in the stonewylde books 'the jack in the green'.
within the forum we have a virtual pub named and 'opened' by our dear friend sorcha in holland called 'any night in the jack' and so it seemed appropriate i change the cafe sign in the evening to the jack. our 'jack' was decorated with fairy lights and bunting and looked most un-pub like!

so it has become a new tradition for our avebury camps and swampy and i are planning even better decorations and sign for next may-yes we had the next camp arranged in less than a week of coming back from our most recent visit!


now i am having to get my head and soul back to the reality of being home, more importantly get back into my routine.
as is usual with me i have let things slip and i need to get back into myself.


there has been a distinct shift in the great wheel over the last week, stepping out of our back door, especially in the morning, there is that very definite 'smell' of autumn in the air, even a slight chill which is giving me a tingle of joy.
my long term readers know that i am a cool weather girl. i love the wild weather and cold nights snuggled under a blanket.


i was a tad 'norty' yesterday and ordered myself a little something...to cheer me up...well no not really, i just loved it and have been looking for one for ages and my gorgeous little pixie friend sujee had a similar one at avebury...a gorgeous pocket belt from earthywear 
many things we go to with our friends these days means having a bag over my shoulder is not very practical as i want my hands free and my 'things'~you know the important things we carry around~have started to overflow my little bum bag.

my things include...
my owl purse i bought in macys
burts bee's lip balm
a pot of calendula balm from the dorset herbalist
my blackberry which has become my lifeline as my memory is so bad and i like to get my e-mails through it
a little tin that holds emergency medication for my migraines
dextrose tablets for the hypos i now have

i am hoping it arrives in the next few days as we are off to birmingham on thursday to see swampys family and then we are off to vanfest in the malverns, taking step daughter o'mine with us for the week

well time for some food here and maybe watch a film (or 'filum' as the wonderful souls from ireland say...after years of knowing them friends from the stonewylde community came to camp at avebury~beautiful people and so very funny)

i hope you are all well


Jae Fae in Avalon said...

I am hoping to be at the Avebury meet in may at least for a day :) It was lovely to meet Stoneylders at the book launch, kindred spirits indeed :)

I love your description of autumn creeping in, I am a cool weather girl too and I love that special feel which autumn has.

Have a fab time camping


mel said...

it's always hard to come back out of the clouds when you've had a spell there...;)

LURVE the pocket-belt-thingy -- very cool...

and i have the loveliest image of the solstice cafe and your wee pub -- all very wonderful sounding.


Gill said...

I'm looking forward to seeing you both (and Flynt) at the end of the week. Have a safe journey

Miss Robyn said...

filum. thankyou for this. my dad called it that and it is yet another pointer to my Irish ancestry that I have just discovered!

Kadeeae said...

Ahhh....so that's the solstice cafe, how lovely!!

Have a wonderful time in Birmingham and then @vanfest.

dubgirl said...

I wish I had been at Avebury, we were on our way to cornwall at the time, maybe next year x

Kath said...

LOL my Irish husband says Fillum too :-D
I know that feeling, before we moved here to Glastonbury, I used to feel very flat, returning to the "old life" on a Monday.

Like you, I just adore autumn. I love the coolness,the quilts, the fires , the soups, the leaf colours, the frosts and the magical mists we get here on the levels.
I dont know if Flynt is the same, but my dogs get quite excited on crisp mornings and will dash off sniffing madly.
Love your belt, with pouches for goodies. It looks like lovely soft leather.

Bridget said...

Don't know why we Irish say "fillum" but as you say people find it quite endearing. I continue to enjoy your blog, even if I don't always comment. I have lovely memories of visiting Avebury when I lived in Bristol, enchanting spot. Only place I've ever seen white Peacocks. Just going on your blog at looking at your lovely background cheers me up, I love it!

Pixie said...

Lovely post.
I adore Avebury, i seem to remember running up to every stone and hugging it, they felt warm to the touch, unless of course that was just me, and getting back into a routine is horribly hard after a much needed break isn't it, i have been on holiday from work for a week and half and i have to go back tomorrow.. i could almost cry.. anyway hope your belt purse turns up in time, it looks lovely.
Take care Pixie x

All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

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Johney Gaul~1915

Johney Gaul~1915
1890-17 september 1918~France