The evening approaches…
Taking Jack out for a walk was pleasant as the air was still and warm.
One of the first real signs of Spring is birdsong…excessive birdsong…morning, noon and evening!
The gardens here at Bealtaine are taking on some extraordinary colours as the spring proceeds.
White, cream, shades of pink and amber…all these colours represent the life force awakening!
Jack is driven mad with scents…of the badger, hare, frog, all traversing the ground as the earth awakens!
Buds are beginning to appear on one of the Pear trees near the cottage.
The young Lilac tree has a thickening of green buds.
Moss that has spent the winter covering the ground, is beginning to loosen and rise in clumps, as the grass beneath it pushes upwards, towards the light.
Catkins hang majestically from the Hazel trees.
The leaves of the Blackcurrant are opening.
The morning is damp.
This has been one of the wettest winters on record!
The earth is water-logged!
Despite this, the spring is coming in fast…
Kerria is just starting to bud, it will be a couple of weeks and full bloom will show.
Catkins are making a fine show on many of the willow varieties.
Cotoneaster buds continue to thicken and the Dogwood tips have gone a brilliant shade of lime green. This makes a stunning contrast to the red stems!
Catkins have come through on most of the willow and some have even shedded and come into leaf…yes, Spring has sprung !
Even the girls are fussing over eggs, despite the absence of a cockerel!
There must be hundreds of frogs in the upper and lower ponds this morning…it sits in huge pools of thick, shiny blackness all over the ponds.
There’s a green haze covering some of the older trees, especially in the distance where an ancient oak nestles into a dip between a stream and hillock. It’s top-most branches have developed a dull green haze, almost like an aura of life!
Here she sits.
Missy loves the heat from the stove in the kitchen and as she has been poorly I am tolerant of anywhere she finds comfort! On this occasion it happens to be the shelf to the left of the stove.
It’s the early evening now at Bealtaine.
There’s a gentle rain falling outside.
The cottage is warm. The stove has been lit since early this morning.
It’s just gone 6pm here in the west of Ireland.
There’s a smell of wood-smoke on the evening air.
The birds continue to sing around the cottage…Blackbirds mostly! They mark out their territory, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, by going to all four corners of their own little piece of land and singing out loudly!
Sunday, Sunday…love this day!
Primroses are open on the lane to the cottage.
Birds sing and the morning is clear and very still.
As I was driving up the lane last night I came across a badger, just a young one, but looking beautiful and wise as only a badger can…they have this really ancient look about them…
Here are just a few of the 650+ trees planted here at Bealtaine over the past seven and a half years.
These Pine Trees are near the eastern edge of the smallholding and afford great shelter form the east winds that blow during the winter months.
When the sun shines at this time of year, the silvery light is magical!
I googled Bealtaine Cottage images last night and was met with an assorted array of photos from this blog…this is page one…
Hmm…Che is up a field maple tree in the front garden…
He regularly gets himself entangled in branches and begins calling for someone to come to his rescue!
Fairies, ancient stones and spring daffodils…
I rescued this fairy from a junk sale! I paid one euro for the priviledge!
I thought she looked particularly happy this morning!
Ribes, (flowering currant) are coming into bloom this morning at Bealtaine Cottage…and they are beautiful!
Mossy Angel in the Bog Garden today.
Dogwoods in the Bog Garden near the lower pond.
Amazing heaps of frog spawn in the upper pond…it’s that big black area!
Japanese Quince in the Bog Garden is flowering today…
Dogwoods come back to life…
The Spring Well in the Fairy Dell.
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The land is wet and the streams are gushing down the hill behind the cottage. it’s not really the day to be outdoors, but, as usual, I got side-tracked into just that!
On a trip across the garden to the compost heap to empty some more stuff, I realized that there was prunings from the apple trees scattered about, so I paused and…well you can guess the rest! Two hours later, here I am, indoors writing this blog!
So here she is…still with us, Missy the fighting cat…well, fighting her illness! Following her steroid shot from the Vet yesterday, Missy is back in form and looking a bit friskier than before, as well as eating heartily. This will keep her in better spirits for the time being at least. We continue to wait for the results of her tumour…
Or, Pumpkin Mouser, as she is known affectionately!
Before I sign off for today, I have posted a video link for you to follow…just in case you thought that the Irish had completely given up the fight for justice…
Oh and by the way, when I posted this on Twitter this morning at 10am, it showed 7,000 views! As I write this, it has clocked up over 24,000 views! Oh happy day!
The morning started bright and it was a good day for working on the land. I sat here enjoying my tea and toast, planning the work I would do in the orchard and vegetable garden…but…I got side-tracked…
...and decided to just cut back a few stems of willow.
I became engrossed in constructing another willow arch at the top end of the vegetable garden, near the tunnel!
Before I knew what the time was, my stomach was rumbling and Missy had arrived back from the vet…
My lovely old cat is much better today and her appetite has returned. We continue to wait for the results of whether her tumour is malignant or benign, but a 6 week steroid injection has begun to shrink it, allowing her to be much more comfortable!
I want to thank all you lovely people who are being mindful of Missy…I do believe that so much good energy sent to Missy has helped her enormously! I have tied the names of well wishers to an old fairy tree in the garden near the cottage for health and contentment to be returned to you and your beloved animals too…good energy wishes are powerful!
Bealtaine Blessings to you all!
“We have forgotten who we are, we have lost our sense of wonder and connectedness, we have degraded the earth and our fellow creatures, and we have nowhere else to go . . . “
- Earth Charter
I read this today and realised how important it is to be mindful of the real things in this world…for me, animals are one of the pillars of happiness and love. Compassion is what makes us whole.
The day that’s in it at Bealtaine Cottage today!
Love, Peace, Contentment and Empowerment to you ALL.