The wind had engulfed the cottage for several days, starting its angry encirclement in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The kettle kept a simmer on the stove for cups of tea to pass the evening in quiet repose.
The storm raged for most of yesterday too and now, this morning, the rain falls softly on the trees, hardly making a sound on the roof of the veranda.
Last evening the candles burned as the electricity flicked on and off in little staggers.
The stove in the sitting room was lit and I made up a bed on the sofa.
Myself, Jack and Missy kept company as the wind howled overhead.
The weather has settled down this morning…just a drizzle of soft rain that keeps a persistence about it.
Work here continues in the tunnel, clearing the beds and digging in new compost for the winter plantings.
Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Chard were planted this morning.
The Garlic will go in outdoors in the potager beds, before the soil cools down too much…it gives them a better start! The harvesting continues as more and more produce is brought onto the shelter of the veranda.
I will slice and freeze some of the apples, sprinkling them with a little sugar and cinnamon first…this helps to keep them better.
One would find it hard to believe that there was a storm at all, looking around the gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage…the benefit of planting over 900 trees; just heaps of shelter now!
The apples are still on all the trees!
Just a few more days until the Equinox…
Here are the wonderful “Moving Hearts” with their classic, played live, “The Storm”
Aquilegia, now growing all over the permaculture gardens and driveway of Bealtaine Cottage, from its beginnings here 8 years ago, with a handful of seed, saved from a some flowers growing in a garden in North London.
The time is near…Mayday, known as Bealtaine here in Ireland. It is pronounced “Be Al Tan Ah”
Irish mythology marks the beginning of May as the the start of the summer.
This was heralded in with the Fire Festival at Bealtaine.
Great bonfires would mark a time of purification and transition.
There was the hope of a good harvest later in the year, and celebrations were accompanied with rituals to protect the people from any harm by otherworldly spirits. Cattle would be driven through the dying embers of the great bonfires, to protect them from disease.
The Ancient Races who constructed Newgrange in Ireland aligned their monuments to the major solar events.
These were the Winter Solstice, the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.
The solar year was further divided to mark the half way points between the major solar events giving the cross quarter days of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain.
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