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 moots and mini festivals~

okay first things first
 a few posts back becky asked  about the stonewylde moot in may.

i think some of you here may well belong to the stonewylde community and/or/are have read kits amazing stonewylde books and are excitedly awaiting the publication of
shaman of stonewylde

...if you dont please go and have a look, buy the books and put aside a day to lose yourself in them!

anyway for those of you who have already have fallen in love but not seen the posting about our moot please pop into the forum where you will find some more information.

our gatherings/moots are growing from strength to strength.
it all started with a single day one october where a group of us met up in avebury for the day. the following year we held our first camp.

the camps have now evolved into a (with thanks to the campsite always allowing us to use their paddock and 'the barn'...you need to know the books for the significance of the barn...for as long as we need it) secret mini festival for this year we will have market stalls where those who craft can sell our wares, live music (we are lucky enough to have a few very talented guitarists among our friends), reiki, card reading and this year for the first time a drumming circle and chanting...and even more amazing we are having handfastings.

it really has developed into a special community and i am honoured to be a part of it


well i survived my haircut

actually i ended up having a bit more of a trim...

lately i have been feeling a bit


a bit bland, a bit sedate, a tad homogenised.

the few of you who read this and have met me know i am not one for dressing/looking the 'norm' so to speak and for a while i have been wondering what to do with my hair, i wanted somethig different.
last year i decided i wanted dreadlocks but had to really grow my hair much longer to take into account shrinkage.
but after seeing the state of someones hair who had just cut off her dreads at the free spirits camp in september i changed my mind.

so it was back to the drawing board so to speak.

then about a month ago i remembered how i had my hair some years back...actually make that over twenty years ago...which, by way of some googling not only made me realise it had a name...but also makes me aware just how far ahead i was in the fashion stakes back then (hahahaha...me? fashion? i think not!) for it only became something really linked with women...trendy if you will...a couple of years ago as seen in this newspaper article

way back when, my undercut went right round my head and i thought that was a bit much now so decided to just have the sides short.
so off i trotted into the village to see katy
she was expecting just a trim so i think this added a bit of excitement to her day when she brought the clippers over and we discussed which grade (i went for grade 5 as i was not sure how swampy would react!) and it goes about 2 inches above my ears...with my hair down it is not noticeable.

as i walked out of the village i saw swampy and flynt walking towards me and he did'nt notice what i had done until i actually showed him.

i love it, looking at some images on the internet some girls/women have it done and it looks very harsh, i think because of the way they have their hair and their general look.
this blog has a picture of a very nice 'girly' undercut...
 but katy has made mine look soft, maybe its the way i leave my hair to do its own wavy, curly thing.
anyway i love it and swampy after a good look decided it looks better than he initially thought.

anyway i have rambled on wayyyy to long, my next post will be my

tree follower~rowan post



Anonymous said...

aaahhhhh!! i was waiting for a piccie!!

i literally LOL'd -- i totally had an 'undercut' in the early 90's....although back then i don't think it had a name and i was just a renegade....:)

years ahead of our time, dahling...:D


ps. your moots and gatherings sound absolutely marvelous!!

Callies Cottage said...

Good to hear that the cut went well!I have just read the fourth Stonewylde book so am awaiting the next...
Warm Wishes,

jill said...

Oh wow Laoi you have been brave,I wanted my hair like that when Cyndi Lauper had hers many years ago,but was never brave enough.You must put a pic on so we can see your loverly new hair do.Well done Love Jill xx

laoi gaul~williams said...

Mel...somehow i thought you might have had something like this back then! no i dont remember it haing a name, i just went to my hairdresser and said just grade 4 it all the way around! the long hair i had left was bright henna orange and crimped on a daily basis!
Jill i remember how much i loved CL's hair...in fact i saw the 'girls just wanna have fun' video not long ago...maybe thats where the seeds of the idea came from!
Callie are you on the Stonewylde forum? its a small little community but fantastic and very friendly. Mel our little gatherings have become just fantastic and we all pine for each other during the gaps between :)

laoi gaul~williams said...

ohhh and piccie to come soon...i have decided to go back soonish and get it taken just a little higher and found myself a lovely red hair dye (BUAV approved of course)because i am growing out the henna...just will wait for swampy to do it for me!

Rose said...

Hair is an issue for sure... I got bored of mine a while back and had it cut short, dyed purple and then bleached streaks dyed blue. The only problem for me is I like my hair to be in really good condition and now it is not as shiny...

I shall have to look out the Stonewylde books!

laoi gaul~williams said...

rose i love the sound of your hair!
since going no-poo i have become more aware of the almost artifical condition that the big hair companies make us feel is right way for our hair to be. i have noticed that my hair is finding its own 'way' so to speak and i dont think its in too bad a condition...katy my hairdresser has not said anything about it.

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