Celtic Spring

28 Jan

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

A weekend of storms has settled into sunshine and showers.

mum at Bealtaine CottageThe funeral of my darling Mother is over.

The future for those she left behind has re-started.

A lovely calm has descended upon Bealtaine Cottage.

www.bealtainecottage.com permacultureI returned on my own last night, preferring to spend time alone.

The evening was filled with lighting stoves, making tea and feeding pets.

My mother was a great pragmatist, being a war-child…she was adept at knuckling down, to doing what had to be done!

So, it’s easy for me to follow suit.

www.bealtainecottage.comThe next few weeks are going to be very busy, as there’s masses of work to be finished in the gardens and much preparation for the growing season ahead!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe next few weeks will see the Willow opening and bees beginning to emerge, rather tentatively, from hibernation.

www.bealtainecottage.comIf there is to be any good Willow for cutting this year, then the coppicing needs to be done now!

www.bealtainecottage.comOne lazy week will never be caught up with!

www.bealtainecottage.comImbolc is welcomed in on the 1st day of February.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThis marks the start of the Celtic Spring…always a month or so earlier in these far reaches of Europe. www.bealtainecottage.comThe earth begins to dry out and warm up…lovely days ahead!

Bealtaine Cottage frogs in the pondThe ponds will throng with frogs and toads, all making merry in the Springtime revelry!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe wheel turns.

www.bealtainecottage.comMother Nature never sleeps.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureSpring is on her way!

30 Responses to “Celtic Spring”

  1. Kim Cornman Hawkins January 28, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    my condolences on the passing of your mother. I cannot imagine life without mine.

    Would you mind talking more about willows, their uses and the practice of coppicing?



  2. Susan Campbell January 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Condolences. I’m sure your mother died at peace, with pride in her daughter.


  3. Andre Naranjo January 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    My condolences to you Colette. My family and I are also going through the process of letting my grandmother go, she’s a stubborn and fierce woman, but it seems her rite of passage is also quickly approaching. May spring bring with it much abundance and greenery to your part of the world!



  4. Marian Meaney Heelan January 29, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Sorry for your loss, Colette, Hope you find comfort in Bealtaine xx


  5. solsticemonk January 29, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    The sparkle of the dew; the song of a bird, the silence of snow, we hear them.
    In the Thin Places,
    we see them.
    In the moment before waking in gentle morning
    we sense them: a smile, a whisper, a sigh
    In the purr of a cat, the nuzzle of a dog and the delighted squeal of a child
    we love them

    May you always sense your Mother in the Beauty that is Bealtaine.



    • Bealtaine Cottage January 29, 2014 at 9:01 am #

      How very beautiful…”the Thin Places,” -delicate and ethereal, seeing through silk. Yes, Eric, I understand and thank you for your words XXX Blessings, Colette


  6. jodegray January 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    My sympathies.


  7. Mary Mulligan-Brady January 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    My condolences to you Collette. I hope your adjustment to life without the physical presence of your mother is not too hard. Give yourself the odd treat, like meeting up with friends for a coffee. It costs nothing but can ease the adjustment. Take care xxx


  8. narf77 January 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    My mum died back in 2012 and I feel her with me when I work in my vegetable garden and when I head off exploring online and find something wonderful. They flow through our veins :). Here in Tasmania, Australia the weather is ramping up for a hot February. I wish our autumn was calling but it seems so very far away at the moment. Last year our Summer stretched on…and on…and ON and didn’t leave us until early May! We don’t get a lot of rain over our summer period and by early May the soil was parched, baked and everything was brown, crispy and dry. I love looking at your “damp” images. They make me smile. Enough water for a toad to frolic in! You can’t ask for more than that (especially if you live in Australia ;) ). Thankyou for this wonderful post :)


    • Bealtaine Cottage January 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

      Thanks and blessings…you made me laugh! I hope your summer is mild and kind and mine long and hot! XXX


      • narf77 January 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

        Nope…in the middle of it right now…it isn’t listening to you and it is HOT. Tasmania is supposed to be Australia’s “Little Britain” (got to say, the people are certainly reminiscent of the show ;) ) BUT we seem to be getting mainland temperatures in waves the last few years. Got to say I am lusting for autumn and those first crisp clear mornings when its just me and Brunhilda (my big wood stove) seeing in the new day. I love the cooler months!


  9. Julianne Victoria January 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Sorry for your loss. Many blessings to you and Happy Imbolc!


    • Bealtaine Cottage January 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

      And you…the day has been lovely and the evening is drawing in gently…no rain or wind! XXX


  10. Silverleaf January 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    My sympathies for your loss. I can only imagine how difficult it must be but am glad the sun is shining and the green is beginning to regenerate. That is a lovely picture of your mother, and the other pictures are breathtaking as well!
    I always feel strange celebrating Celtic Spring in the depths of the Canadian winter!


    • Bealtaine Cottage January 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      My son, Dylan lives in Canada and so am familiar with the climate…I adore the Autumn in Canada, it is just breath-taking! XXX


      • Silverleaf January 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

        That is a very positive outlook you have :)
        I love the autumn, too, it’s just never quite long enough. It was possibly the thing I missed the most about home when I lived in Killarney.


  11. Mari Keating January 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    A lovely picture of your mother, sitting in the sun. I’m sure she will be walking with you and whisper her lessons in your ear. We are along way from Spring here in N.E. U.S. I do celebrate Imbolg and Bridgette (Brige), but it won’t feel like Spring here for 6 weeks at least! Love to watch your preparations with anticipation. Be well. The earth will heal your loss.


    • Bealtaine Cottage January 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks and blessings Mari! I’m keeping busy now and the sun is shining XXX


  12. wspines January 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    I am so sorry about your Mom, the picture of her is beautiful. You have such cherished memories of her and she will always be with you. Thanks for giving us a hint of Irish spring.


    • Bealtaine Cottage January 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      My dearest Carole, I look forward to catching up with your life out there in the US…soon, with a big pot of tea! Blessings and thanks for being there XXX


  13. airmid3 January 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    So sorry to hear of your loss Colette, thinking of you and hope you are managing ok.
    With love, Terri and Lol xxxx


  14. kcustren January 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Extending condolences to you, Colette, on the passing of your mother. I have seen you mention her so fondly. May you always cherish your sweet memories of her. ~ Blessings <3


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