There are hundreds of metres of paths here on the permaculture smallholding, all lined with plants, trees and shrubs and all needing to be cut back and tidied up now that the midsummer growth has peaked.
It’s a task I love, especially on a day like today where the sun is clouded over, but the air is warm and still.
Last night I watched a beautiful moon rise in the North East and several shooting stars.
This morning I was entranced by dragonflies around the lower pond as I weeded the margins of the water…standing in the cool water at one point just to cool off and feel the silt between my toes!
Missy is sitting here beside me as I type, emitting little fluffs of fur into the air as she moults.
They are drawn towards my face and cling to my skin, making me stop working to brush them away.
Her soft purring is compensation for the minor discomfort.
She loves to sit near me at times, just drinking in my energy and I hers.
The straggly leftover Tomato plants are all doing well and promise a modest harvest.
The seasons continue on their slow, steady course, despite the chaos of the weather.
Jack and Flo are like an old married couple, arguing over which side of the bed they want to sleep on!
In this case it’s baskets.
Flo often pushes Jack out of his basket and takes over completely, delegating poor Jack to the close confines of her small bed…
It’s only that he adores Flo that he tolerates this!
16 years of Goddess Permaculture through the Bealtaine Project at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland.
Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer, environmentalist and teacher who has devoted the past 16 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process. Colette posts prolifically across Social Media, encouraging planting of trees and regeneration of Mother Earth. Her life energy is now devoted to the Great Goddess, Mother Earth!
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