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


there seems to be a global de-clutter going on right now, so many people i know and through blogging are clearing out their homes and minds following the autumn equinox.
millas post made me think about clothes and the clothes i took to the 'tip' (not as rubbish i hasten to add but they have an area set aside to sell on good clothes).
i have in the past been an utter fiend for buying clothes...buy, buy buy...then mostly i would wear them for a few months and then they would languish in the wardrobe or my drawers.
when we went off in pretty pagan for our trip to the rollrights and then busfest i took loads of clothes with me...reasoning i would need them all.
but i didn't!
then when i started to de-clutter i had a long hard look at what i wore, where i bought it, why i bought it and realised i didn't need most of what i had...i really didn't.
so i sorted through it all and put aside the things that had not been worn and there was a lot...in fact there is actually still a bit more to go.
but then i started to think hard about my clothes and vowed to now only buy things that are good quality and that will wash well and last.
i have a dress i bought two years ago-i think it cost around $50, which is not cheap and cheerful nor hideously expensive.
it is one of the few things that i wear and wear, usually teamed up with leggings or trousers...
not a great picture i am afraid-it is covered in tiny brown/cream flowers and the bottom is a kind of ragged, waterfall design.
the one i was wearing the other day with my boots is this one...
again not cheap but well made and will last
then there is this...
well made and designed to last.
the delight of the bottom two are that they are made of a good 'crinkle' cotton so i do not have to worry about ironing!
i now have two pairs of leggings, a few pairs of tights and two pairs of trousers to team them up with and a couple of skirts, as well as two men's waistcoats (one is a vintage wool one...just gorgeous!), two long cardigans and one long fleece top with pixie hood.
coat wise i have one long needle cord and one dark brown velvet-both a sort of Edwardian style and one short dark brown corduroy one.
and that i think is enough...
enough to mix and match and last.
what i love about the clothes i have left is that i feel comfortable in them, i feel like 'me' in them, i don't feel like i am dressing up to project an image...i am just me.
looking at my clothes i notice i have a particular colour scheme...
i wonder what that says about me?!


MorningAJ said...

Those are the kind of clothes I'd love to wear - but they wouldn't go down too well at work.

Anonymous said...

It says that you are earthy, I'm sure.
I love the pics, and they look so boho-hippie-comfy.
Yay for you, tackling your closet like this. I should probably do the same. I read somewhere that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.

jill said...

Great choice of clothes Laoi I have the first dress and the last top.Im going to have to sort my clothes out but hate getting rid of stuff.Hope you are well Love Jill xxx

Yarrow said...

Wow, your dresses are lovely. I love to wear that style but when I 'dress up' for some occassion I just look 'mumsy' and don't feel like me at all! I need to invest in just a couple of nice dresses, I can see that now, thank you :D

Yarrow said...

ps. I loved your grrl cave photos :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