Woods Beyond Riversleigh

ChestnutĀ Tree

Beyond Riversleigh, not marked on any map, lies the enchanted Murmuring Wood, where the sylphs and nature spirits play, and the trees talk, and brooks babble. Watched over by Imogen Crest the Hermit, when not at the Lemurian Hermitage, on a Grand Tour, or at the City of Ladies in Cyberia, it is usually a place of infinite peace, wisdom and exploration. Yet it also contains the magical faraway tree, where Madame L’Enchanteur is mistress of many mysterious lands. Herself a mystery, no-one has ever been able to predict what will happen in Lemuria. Yet what is known is that no journey is done, but through the woods, and through the trees…


“Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning…”
(Old English Nursery Rhyme.)


“A single fruit grew on that tree, a bright pomegranate fruit. Persephone stood up in the chariot and plucked the fruit from the tree. Then did Aidoneus prevail upon her to divide the fruit, and, having divided it, Persephone ate seven of the pomegranate seeds.”
-The Golden Fleece
by Padraic Colum

Persephone Poppy Seeds

Ancient Greek Mythology – Play – Marriage of Cupid and Psyche

Aphrodite: “Well, since I am obliged to hear the prayers of those who appeal in the name of love, I will speak to Cupid. But first you must accomplish several tasks. First separate this large bag of millet and poppy seeds into 2 piles by dawn.” (exit)

Psyche: “Well here’s one black seed, and there’s a white one. Here’s another black one. Oh, what am I thinking. There’s millions of these black and white seeds mixed together. I can never get them sorted before dawn. I’m lost.” (lies down)

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(copyright Imogen Crest 2006.)


~ by imogen88 on December 29, 2006.

9 Responses to “Woods Beyond Riversleigh”

  1. This is looking simply magnificent Imogen. Indeed, the metaphors and imagery are breathtakingly beautiful. That search for beauty has clearly borne a rich harvest.

  2. Big smile coming up. Lady Riversleigh would know these woods like the back of her hand.

  3. This is lovely

  4. Oh, how cool is this!!!

  5. Thank you for posting such lovely pictures! So lush and colorful.
    We are now into winter here in the US, so our landscape is brown and grey. Occasionally, we do have some beautiful sunsets or sunrises and certainly appreciate the bit of color in this dark season. My spirits were lifted when I looked at all the colorful scenes. Thank you!

  6. How beautiful. I’m longing to make myself comfortable in the shade of one of these trees and see what wisdom they will offer.

    Barbara–whose first post at Soul Food long ago was a poem called, “I am an appreciator, a lover of trees”

  7. Yes! A walk in these magnificent woods is exactly what I need to recover from my jet lag/disorientation. I’m going to follow some inviting trail and see what I find.
    Into the woods I go.

  8. Oh! How lovely, I saw a sprite doing handsprings just beyond that shady glade.

  9. Big welcome from the WOODS!

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