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


i am feeling distinctly chilly today~possibly because i am feeling a bit unsettled after being up a good chunk of last night with some random tummy bug.

i get a lot of random tummy bugs~their randomness makes me sure they are linked to my m.e and fibro so i just put up with them~luckily they don't last long.

i have spent today at my desk...well most of the day...i did a bit of crochet this morning and watched 'impossibly handsome vet'

actually no its not called that, that's what i told swampy it was called when he asked what i was watching! hehehehe

its actually 'bondi vet'

the rest of the day i had to catch up on my studies~a few bad days last week set me behind, it doesn't take much. but i am glad to say i am almost all caught up.


yesterday i made a new york cheesecake!

yes i did!

when i was in new york the other year i went into juniors in times square and fell in love with their cheesecake and on coming home found their own recipe in my copy of sheila lukins usa cookbook

so its taken me some time to pluck up the courage to actually attempt to make this...given how forgetful i am to say nothing of even totally going blank...which explains how i managed to ignite the handle of a knife (not just any knife but one of my favourite 1950's ones...sob)...how it got to be in the pan with the handle poking out the side is beyond me...i honestly cannot remember putting it in there.

luckily swampy was decorating and had his mp3 going so did not hear my 'oh, oh, oh's' as i jigged around the kitchen before getting in the sink!

anyway, so yes, i made the cheesecake...i have never seen such a large amount of cream cheese in a bowl before.

i cooked it to the time set in the book and its wonderful but i think it does need a little longer in the oven as it is not as stodgy as the real thing...i remember the real thing cleaved to the roof of my mouth in a rather spectacular fashion and needed good quantities of ice tea to help it down...still nothing wrong in making another and extending the cooking time

anyway this is whats left...

you can see by the cut sides it is not stodgy as it should be...mind you it still tastes nice!


in my never ending search for a more natural shampoo i bought some Dr Bronners...

so far i have only actually washed my face with it, but its gorgeous stuff and more importantly has the leaping bunny logo.


want to come with me for a walk?

~on that note i shall say goodnight~


Rose said...

Ooooh! Is that shampoo very gentle? and where do you get it? I have skin issues and have to be careful with sha,poos..... Loving the toadstools!

Kath said...

That cheesecake looks lovely. Husband baked one for my birthday, but we had trouble cutting the base. I have a silicon sheet now, which we can cut to the size of the base.
I will be interested to know how you get on with the shampoo as I suffer with itchy scalp too. I have been advised to rinse my hair in water infused with sage. I found this article which you may have already seen.

Blessings Kath

jill said...

Hi Laoi,hope you are feeling better after your tummy bug.Your cheesecake looks wonderful my mouth is watering,I love cheesecake.Your photos are pretty hope you sleep better tonight after your walk.Love Jill xx

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh....New York Cheesecake !! Now I won't be able to accomplish anything until I've had some. I think I'll attempt to make one.
Sorry you're not feeling well - it's that time of year. Seasons changing and windows being shut, keeping germs and viruses in close quarters. Hope you're feeling better soon.
Again, I must say I absolutely LOVE your photography!
Happy Monday

Kadeeae said...

Hope you've had a good sleep after such a lovely walk :)

That cheesecake looks lush, dishing up wedges or sliver servings?? lol

Leanne said...

Hi laoi
rushing in to let you know that
I am locking my blog at the weekend, if you want access, please let me know! See my blog for details.

Leanne x

Yarrow said...

Hi Laoi, your cheesecake looks heavenly :D New York cheesecake is definitely one of my favourites :D

Love the pictures of your walk, I so love the Forest :D

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