As Evening Approaches…

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 […]

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The Life Force that is Spring…

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 […]

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Sunday, Sunday…

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. […]

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Primroses and Badgers and Irish Country Living

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 […]

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Friday Pics from Bealtaine Cottage

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. If you enjoy the free […]

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Fighting Cats and Fighting Irish

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 […]

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Bealtaine Cottage Blessings…

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. Mistake! I became engrossed in constructing another […]

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