Missy Cat and Weird Weather

A snowy morning at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

Last night the rain fell hard, in fact it rained in a thunderous fashion for around four hours.

Somewhere in the midst of the downpour I went to sleep, safe in the knowledge that with the heavy rain came the assurance of a snow free morning…I was wrong!

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture smallholding in the snowThis morning the ground was covered with snow and so it continues.

How this happened is weird to say the least, but then the weather systems across the world have descended into chaos…nothing is as it used to be!

missy cat at bealtaine CottageMissy cat is very reluctant to venture out this morning.

She is making protesting meows each time I open the back door, as though to say, “Shut the door, it’s too cold!”

Missy Cat, Director of Bealtaine CottageI obey, She who must be obeyed!

Would you contemplate crossing her?

She bites those who attempt it!

Multifuel stove in the sitting room at Bealtaine CottageI have lit both stoves in the cottage and resigned myself to a day indoors…apart from walking Jack.

Flo, on the other hand, takes her wilful self for as many walks as she decides to!

light a candle at Bealtaine Cottage IrelandAs always, I have lit a candle for those I pray for. It’s also a good way of being mindful of concerns and wishes.

The Craft room at Bealtaine CottageI have some Lavender Hearts to sew, so I will be kept busy for most of the day.

I hope you’re warm and cosy wherever you are!


  1. Hi Colette,
    Happy New Year! Thanks for all the recent postings and best of luck with the shop – great idea! love from Terri and Lol
    Well, the very best of luck to you both in 2013 and thank you for the lovely card!
    The snow has cleared from this part of the west and it looks to be a good weekend.
    Come and visit before the Spring sets in…lots of cuttings for you!
    Bright blessings from all at Bealtaine Cottage

    • Thank you! We are just trying to organise some dates now and a friend wants to come too as we put him on to your blog and he is totally inspired to do something which is fantastic. Blessings to you too. x
      I keep Bealtaine Cottage open for everyone…all welcome!
      It will be great to see you again!
      Bealtaine Blessings

  2. It is my hope Colx that you and your readers would be interested in this. Forgive me if I am stepping out side boundaries. I have become interested in every thing weather, thou I have no training in it. I have only posted the first lines and where to get the whole report.

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    Sudden Stratospheric Warming Split the Polar Vortex in Two
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    Sudden stratospheric warming has split the polar vortex in two. The polar vortex, which forms and deepens as the atmosphere loses heat to space in the darkness of the long Arctic winter night, was split in two by massive heating from below. A series of intense storms in the far north Pacific intensified a very long wave in the lower atmosphere. Energy on that planet sized wave went upwards from the lower atmosphere around the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau and broke into the stratosphere, causing major sudden warming. It rapidly reversed the strong cyclonic winds in the stratosphere around the pole, creating a central dome, breaking the vortex into two smaller vortices.

    We can see the splitting by making a map of the heights a weather balloon rises to to reach the very low atmospheric pressure of 50 mb. A standard atmosphere is 1013mb.

  3. Nice one! Down here just south of Ballaghaderreen we just had the rain. Love the blog, though. In our own small way we are following you, all be it from 8-0 years behind. Our own blog effort is on http://deefer-dawg.blogspot.ie/
    Good to hear from you Matt!
    …just had a look at your site and we have Anne and Simon in common as friends!

  4. The weather is very strange lately. As Carole mentioned we go from springlike conditions to Arctic cold. The animals can’t adjust. And I had lots of little shoots coming up a few days ago…it is a little scary. I think I am with Missy..it is too cold! She wants to go out to “the other outside”….the one that was there yesterday. I know how she feels. Glad you are keeping cozy. Thank goodness for wood stoves! Take good care, Patti
    Sharing this weather information is interesting. The extremities are becoming more everyday. On a lighter note, the garlic I planted a few months back will benefit from the cold spell. All the shoots are now above the earth and are looking good.
    Keep warm, keep well and stay positive!
    Bealtaine Blessings

    • My garlic came up in the fall shortly after I planted it…it is frozen in the snow now….I hope it is okay. This is my first time planting garlic. But I think it is everyone’s first time planting everything in this new climate so we will have to all learn together!

  5. Missy is a beauty!
    I haven’t heard about Sam in a while, is he ok? I formed an immediate soft for him, perhaps due to the fact we have three adopted, snowy white cats (one profoundly deaf and two with partial deafness) that look rather like him. All three are pesently snuggled up on my bed as the snow falls ouside. It’s so bitterly cold here that the normally resilient village children were forced to abandon building a snowman.

    sending warmest blessing to all at Bealtaine xx

    p.s. I am thrilled with my Brigid’s cross, it’s really wonderful 🙂 It arrived a couple of days ago but my computer was playing up so I was unable to message you then. Hope you make lots of sales!
    Thank you for the beautiful message you left at my shop!
    Sam is spending the cold days wrapped around Che in the lodge, which is fitted with a cat-flap door, leaving Missy to the sanctuary of the cottage. She cannot tolerate either of the boys, so the geography is perfect. Sam is getting big and gorgeous…I shall include the boys in my next blog, hanging out together as they do!
    Blessings from all at Bealtaine Cottage

    • awww…glad to hear the boys are well 🙂
      I’m looking forward to seeing them again =^.^=
      Quite understand Missy needing her space.

  6. Good Morning Colette,
    The weather is so weird, yesterday afternoon it was almost 40 and this morning below 10 degrees. The animals just don’t know what to do. The sheep haven’t ventured out of the barn yet. We will both have to keep the home fires burning today.
    Missy is such a beautiful cat and she seems very serious in today picures.
    Good to hear from you, Carole…weird weather is fast becoming the norm!
    Missy looks a little serious as she was in the middle of attempting to hypnotise me, as only an older, wiser cat can do…maybe that’s why I do as I’m told by her glorious self, Lol!
    Bealtaine Cottage Blessings on this cold day

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