Tuesday, December 27, 2011

bringing the light

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I've been waking up before dawn, so I can watch the sunrise...bringing the light.

It is the best part of the day for me. A few moments with my coffee, the quiet, and the sun streaming in the window...shining through the flowers on my windowsill...

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The light captures the flax on the distaff, and invites me to sit at the wheel. My mother's little flax wheel came home for Christmas. Fred Hatton spent some time with her, getting her back in shape to make many more miles of linen thread.

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Spinning flax when I wake up is delightful...it is very much like I am still asleep..and just dreaming of spinning flax. And yes, I do sometimes dream that I am spinning flax. It is a good place for my mind to be at rest. How do I describe the hypnotic trance it seems to put me under? And the feeling of well being it gives me...

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Did you notice my flyer hooks? Fred fulfilled a special request of mine...to have my flyer hooks on the upper right arm, the better for spinning S twist...widdershins...withershins or whidderschynnes.. ..perhaps that is why it seems as if time is standing still...and

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it isn't long before my coffee cup is empty, and so the distaff is empty of flax...but the bobbin is half full.

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For such a delicate little wheel, she sure likes to work hard and get a lot spun. Thank you Fred, for fix'in her up ...she is a keeper!

14 comments:

GailR said...

What a beautiful little wheel. Wishing you and yours a very happy new year.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

She is a beauty for sure. I bet she works as long and hard as you do. Enjoy your mornings.

Judy said...

Cute wheel...think you need an addition on the house! Hope you had a great holiday.

Valerie said...

Gives fresh meaning to that term, "This old wheel keeps spinning round and round...."

May all of your mornings be cozy in 2012.

cindy said...

What a celebration of light and spinning ! Happy new year to you and those you love.

Manise said...

What a beautiful wheel and a lovely way to start out your day! Happy new year Cyndy to you and yours!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Sweet!

annmarie said...

as always, a beautiful and inspiring post with lovely photographs. happy new year!

Leslie Shelor said...

Lovely little wheel and I hope you enjoy many mornings with her.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

It's a beautiful wheel and still has a lot of miles left.
In times past, flax spinners would die an early death by breathing the lose flax fibers flying through the air.
Who knew spinning could be so dangerous? -smile-

fiberjoy said...

Such a beautiful post which gives me a wonderful sense of peace and calm. Maybe I should take up spinning flax first thing in the morning?
I'm envying that sweet little wheel.
Happy spinning in 2012!

elizabeth said...

What a cozy, lovely picture! And how nice to dream of spinning!

Artis-Anne said...

Fabulous photos and a gorgeous wheel too. I long for light mornings ;its so dark here these last few weeks

Cathy said...

What gorgeous photos! So happy you are starting out the new year with the family wheel!

Lovely lovely glimpse into your wheels!

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