Stonehenge, Newgrange and the Cycle of Life

The autumn continues to progress through it’s mellow display of earthy colours.

Tomorrow is the Equinox and the beginning of the descent towards midwinter.

The time of year denotes the slowing down of all that is life as we know it.

Time to sort out the winter woolies and hang the heavy curtains to keep out the drafts. 024

One of the big tasks I have lined up here at Bealtaine Cottage is the coppicing of the majority of the trees that were planted eight years ago, in the first flush of restoring the fertility of the land. 022

Trees are one of the most important connections we have to the Divine, embodying the sacred fertility that anchors us all on this planet.

Where trees grow, life is abundant…without them we are bereft of all that makes life comfortable and good.

One of the great delights of the shorter days is the ritual lighting of the stove and the chance to sit around the fire and enjoy the scent of woodsmoke on the air.

There are few pleasures in life quite so comforting.

From this point in time the autumn will wend its way through to Samhain and evolve into the dark depths of winter, finally rising towards the light in the deep midwinter, a time of renewal, hope and promise.

Life is cyclical.

The builders of Stonehenge and Newgrange knew all about that.


  1. You’re ahead of our autumn, as most everything is still greenish (although increasingly a dry, ever-so-slightly-yellowed greenness) over here in the Blue Ridge. Should see some lovely colors within the next few weeks, but I’m happy to get my fall color fix through your pictures in the meantime.

    • Isn’t it a great blessing to be so inspired by Autumn!
      I was in Canada last week and the colours in the north of the country were just turning into a techniclour splendour!
      It’s a feast for the eyes!

  2. So glad to have stumbled on to your You Tube enteries. Gotta love You Tube! It led me to your blog and much joy. I am a driven woman in the US working to convert the 3 acers I live on to a permaculture design. We currently mow it weekly during the summer months. Stupid I say! I think my husband believes I have lost my marbles, however he is helping me build a chicken coop so I will forgive him. I wanted to let you know how much reading your posts and watching your videos have meant to me. I was feeling a bit overwellmed and powerless. Now because of you I know I can do it and do it with style and class. I am having the time of my life! Thank you.

    • So very wonderful to read your comment…thank you for that!
      This much is clear: we make our own heaven on this beautiful planet!
      May yours overflow with abundance and love…spread the joy!
      Bright Blessings,

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