If Women Rose Rooted – Sharon Blackie


“A life changing journey from the wasteland of modern society to a place of nourishment and connection.

If Women Rose Rooted has been described as both transformative and essential.  Sharon Blackie leads the reader on a quest to find their place in the world, drawing inspiration from the wise and powerful females in native mythology, and guidance from contemporary women who have re-rooted themselves in land and community and taken responsibility for shaping the future.

Beautifully written, honest and moving, If Women Rose Rooted is a passionate song to a different kind of femininity, a rallying cry for women to reawaken their natural power – not just for the sake of their own wellbeing, but for the love of this threatened earth.”

Joining Sharon on this journey was a joy.  I lapped up every word of this book and immediately wanted to reread it once I had finished.

It covers such a wide range of topics – environmentalism, belonging, personal development and mythology – that my copy is stuffed full of page markers and underlining.

I loved the way the Celtic stories interspersed with the narrative mirrored the author’s stories and added extra depth.  I have always been fascinated with the idea of belonging – it is not one I particularly identify with, but one that I would dearly love to.  Celtic mythology and roots particularly intrigue me, so this book with its original subtitle of “The Power of the Celtic Woman” and its 2nd edition subtitle of “The Journey to Authenticity and Belonging” sang to me.

The wasteland of Western culture is something I think about often and why I often escape into the past – nostalgia for something I have never experienced perhaps, or a yearning for an imagined simpler life? – and why nature spiritualities and of course nature itself draws me in so well.

I think this books is such an important read for so many reasons – one that I will be returning to again I am sure.  If you are interested in roots, belonging, mythology, the modern world, nature or the environment I am sure you would find something to interest you in Sharon’s book.

Organdie. x

I was kindly sent this book by the publisher September Publishing – you can find a copy by going to their website here.  All views and opinions in this review are my own.


The Year in Books :: September

Another month has been and gone, and I still feel as though I might be in a little bit of a reading rut.  I dipped into and read most of Expressive Photography by the Shutter Sisters which is a lovely book to look at and dip into for some photographic inspiration.

Expressive photography

And while I really enjoyed it and found it inspiring, it didn’t really satisfy my craving for a really good gripping book – one with a solid narrative.  So I also turned to an old favourite, Jane Eyre, to try a little bit of rereading.


I love this book, so I am not feeling guilty for rereading it yet again.  Plus I really love my new copy of the book – my old copy with notes galore – is very nearly read to pieces I have read it so often.  I am taking this one slowly as I know the story so well, I don’t feel the need to race through – it is quite a lovely feeling to mooch through a book with no time restraints or feeling that I should be reading something else.

I also picked up something a little bit different to try in September – The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock.  This biography tells the story of Mrs Delany, who at the age of 72 picked up her scissors and invented the precursor to mixed media collage while making truly astounding likenesses of plants and flowers.  These art works are still used as reference to this day.  This just sounds like such an interesting story, I can’t wait to get stuck in!

Paper Garden

I hope that you have something inspiring on your bookshelves this month – I’d love to know what you’re reading.  Don’t forget you can still join in the Year of Books (of what is left of it) over on Laura’s beautiful blog here.

Organdie. x

Book Friends – A Year of Mornings


A Year of Mornings is one of my favourite photography books.  It gives me so much inspiration – looking at all the beauty you can find in your everyday life.

I love looking at other people’s photography because it provides inspiration and so many ideas for my own photography – lots of things that I would not have thought of  and that I can adapt to my own needs.

Do any of you take photos of more everyday subject?  (Does anyone else sometimes think that everyday life is a little dull?  This book will change your mind!)  I’d love yo know what catches your eye.


Organdie. x