The Stunningly Beautiful West of Ireland

Today at Bealtaine Cottage and the weather was ducking and diving in and out of early Spring! I dashed outside and snapped these pics as it appeared to be early Spring.
It’s late here at the cottage, but I’m posting them to this blog, just to share!

Can you see the low cloud moving up the valley, cutting Ballyfermoyle off from the Arigna Mountains?

How’s that for dramatic?

The stunningly beautiful West of Ireland!

The beauty of bare trees reflected in a barrel of pure rainwater.

I rinse my clothes in this to make them extra soft…

Photinia washed by the soft Atlantic rain…

The beginnings of another willow basket waits for me on the veranda…

Moss clings to the thin slates on the cottage roof. I never clean this off as I think it looks so very beautiful and anyway, the roof manages to hold up well in face of the Atlantic storms that swoop in off the ocean!


  1. Collette, I am very drawn to the excellent image of the ruined church at Thornhill. Do you know any history about it? I tried an internet search but nothing turns up. Was it a Church of Ireland structure that was destroyed during “the troubles?”

    Imbolc blessings from Oregon to Ireland


    p.s. Are you interested in the swamp maple seeds? I’ll send you those and the seeds of Rosa californica that makes the most excellent hip jelly I’ve ever tasted! Let me know. Thanks.

    • Good morning Eric!
      First of all, I haven’t forgotten about the Ash tree…the latin name is Fraxinus excelsior L. and is, in fact, the Common Ash!
      I would love the seeds and take great pleasure in growing them on here!
      The old church at Thornhill is an enigma at present. I shall endeavour to find out some more info! It belongs in the Diocese of Kilmore. The county is Cavan. The original monastic Bishopric would have been Slanore. Before the 14th century it would have been known as Tirbruine. I hope these words may provide links into further research for you.
      Like wise, regarding the seeds, I can send you some common Ash seeds when they ripen this year.
      Post will normally find it’s way to me with the following address:
      Bealtaine Cottage,
      County Roscommon,
      Rep of Ireland Regards, Colx …and bright Blessings of Imbolc to your good self and loved ones.

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