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 colours represent the life force awakening! Jack is driven mad with scents…of the badger, hare, frog, all traversing the ground as the earth awakens! Buds are beginning to appear on one of the Pear trees near the cottage. The young Lilac tree has a thickening…

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 varieties. Cotoneaster buds continue to thicken and the Dogwood tips have gone a brilliant shade of lime green. This makes a stunning contrast to the red stems! Catkins have come through on most of the willow and some have even shedded and come into leaf…yes,…

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. The cottage is warm. The stove has been lit since early this morning.   It’s just gone 6pm here in the west of Ireland. There’s a smell of wood-smoke on the evening air. The birds continue to sing around the cottage…Blackbirds mostly! They mark out their territory,…

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 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….

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 content of this blog, please consider making a donation using the button below. My PayPal account can receive your donations and will convert from your local currency, and you don’t need a PayPal account to make a donation. Thank you! Thank you for supporting this…

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 scattered about, so I paused and…well you can guess the rest! Two hours later, here I am, indoors writing this blog! So here she is…still with us, Missy the fighting cat…well, fighting her illness! Following her steroid shot from the Vet yesterday, Missy is back…

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 willow arch at the top end of the vegetable garden, near the tunnel! Before I knew what the time was, my stomach was rumbling and Missy had arrived back from the vet… My lovely old cat is much better today and her appetite has returned….

Tea, Toasted Bagels and Good Spirits!

Cutting back branches today. This is a good way of creating more fuel for the fire and is easy to do even if there is no barn or shed to stack them in. Simply clean them back and make a wig-wam to stand them up so they can air dry. These little wig-wams can stand over the Spring and Summer and be ready to burn over the winter. Daffodils placed in the warmth of the kitchen today. I picked them yesterday whilst out on a walk in the forest. They were growing around the ruins of an old castle near…

Confronting Empire and Laying Siege…

Revolution starts with self…making personal decisions and changes. “Civil disobedience is the only tool we have left”~ Chris Hedges – Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Dark as the hour may appear, we exist in a dimension of greater opportunity, freedom and possibility than has ever been. ~  “Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it, to mock it with out art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness—our ability to tell stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution…