On the Eve of Imbolc…

Imbolc is a time to celebrate the promise of Spring and to think about planting… Imbolc, or St Brigid’s Day  Lá Fhéile Bríde,  is an Irish festival marking the beginning of spring. Imbolc is celebrated on the 1st day of February, the date that falls approximately halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The holiday was, and […]

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The Road Not Taken…

Spent the day learning more about basketry in another great workshop organized by Tom Browne at Corrigeenroe near Boyle, here in County Roscommon. I am tired, but looking forward to day 2 of the willow weaving and basketry, tomorrow. This is a fabulous, fabulous hen basket woven by Tom, to transport hens in…isn’t this just […]

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Rainbows Before Imbolc

  As I write this, the rain is lashing down around the walls of the cottage. it’s Friday and the weather is almost mid-March in it’s behaviour…wild, windy, mild and wet! It has been a day of rainbows…I’ve counted four so far! And the sun, when it does shine through, is brilliant! The rain has […]

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An Irish Homesteader.

The wind turbines on Kilronan Mountain stand out against the dark blue stormy sky. Anticipating a cold evening I have chopped lots of wood for the sitting room stove for tonight! I have worked out a new site for a big, big compost area, now edged with willow. I figured that the willow would take […]

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Frugality, Environmentalism and Optimism…

Frugality, environmentalism and optimism…big helpings of each on this very wet Wednesday! Much of this is embodied in the painted stone which nestles near the climbing Rose next to the veranda  at Bealtaine Cottage. I love natural shapes and garden ornaments that don’t cost the Earth. This painted stone, embellished with water colour paint and […]

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The Mayan Calendar, 2012 and the Shift in Consciousness.

Missy contemplates the day. Hyacinths emerge from their winter slumber into the delicate light of a very early Spring morning. This year, on December 21, 2012, the Mayan Calendar’s 13th Baktun cycle will end. Many prophecies for this date state that the world as we know it will also change. According to one interpretation of […]

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