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!
The Life Force of Trees
It was a common belief, long ago, that many conditions could be cured by bringing the patient into contact with the powerful life force or MANA represented by trees…
Nearly 800 trees have been planted here at Bealtaine and there is something so awesome about trees that makes me want to get more land and keep on planting.
Today has seen the transplanting of another 20 or so Birch trees, seedlings rescued from the road verge before the tractors mow the grass.
More Buddleias for FREE!
Managed to pull up 3 tiny Buddleias from the gravel around the cottage…gravel makes an ideal seeding ground for many plants and trees.
These too have been potted on and will make fine specimens for planting out next year.
This is a little Birch sapling planted only a few weeks ago and already grown over a foot in height and spread.
Grass cuttings have been spread around the base to deter weeds and provide food for the fast growing tree.
Apple Trees and Verbascum
Apple trees under-planted with Blackcurrants and perennial flowers…here is the Verbascum in bloom with Geranium and Calendula amongst others.
Many Magical Trees…
Willow, Birch, Copper Beech, Twisted Willow, Oak and Pine, all planted in very close proximity to one another…this is the permaculture way and very quickly excludes weeds and provides an excellent source of coppiced wood for the stove.
Ash trees were traditionally used in Folk Medicine against poison and evil. Lightning runs to the Ash…’Avoid the Ash, it courts the flash!’
Long ago, in many parts of the Highlands of Scotland, on the birth of a child, the midwife would take a green stick from the Ash tree and hold it in the fire. As the heat worked on one end of the stick, the sap would ooze from the other. This was administered to the newborn baby as the first liquid to pass its lips!
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