Small Things…

Keeping time. Morning merges into early afternoon. There is a seamlessness about the work on this last day of September. Cutting wood, cleaning windows, stringing  chillies, all merging as the day progresses. Somewhere, in the distance, a crow calls its lonely caw…it’s repetitive and makes me think an animal has caught it…perhaps a fox. I […]

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The Night of the Thin Veil

September has been an extraordinary month of sun and still air, little has moved and time has appeared to stand still. Sunrises and sunsets have been spectacular. Indeed, September 2013 will be remembered here in Ireland for the “Indian Summer,” often promised and rarely received! Tomorrow is the last day of September. We are now […]

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The Haunting…

With great longing for home and sadness of leaving, I made the journey back from Connemara today. As I passed Kylemore Abbey, the clouds began a hasty descent, down over the mountains of the pass… I longed for home, but was mesmerized by the play of light and mist that is a magical part of […]

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Blackberries at Autumn Equinox

Early morning in the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine, coffee in one hand, camera in the other, to record the passing of a time, a merging of a season, as we flow seamlessly into late autumn…the autumn equinox. Blackberries hang heavy near the stone circle, flattened grass signs the badgers have been here. Looking skywards, all […]

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The Permaculture Loop of Plenty!

Harvesting continues from the Potager beds. It’s worth noting that theses productive little beds, built near the back of the cottage, straight onto gravel, have no soil in them whatsoever! Soil is precious here in North Roscommon and the land is rushy and wet, so I filled the beds with home-made cold compost and shredding…I […]

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A Wonderful Donation!

This arrived by special delivery this morning from a lovely lady who visited Bealtaine Cottage all the way from Austria. Her name is Monika and her kindness for animals is abundant. Monika has a gorgeous little dog named Bimbo, seen here. Monika has donated this £375 to the fund-raiser weekend total of 200 euros. The […]

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The Storm

The wind had engulfed the cottage for several days, starting its angry encirclement in the early hours of Sunday morning. The kettle kept a simmer on the stove for cups of tea to pass the evening in quiet repose. The storm raged for most of yesterday too and now, this morning, the rain falls softly […]

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The Quickening

As we approach the Equinox, the sun appears strong and bright in the morning sky, a clear sky at that, gathering together the ingredients for a perfect Autumn day. A day for walking, stopping often and observing the quickening of change, in all that grows and flies. I watched the Swallows flying high in the […]

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Flo, Gloria and Me!

I visited my daughter Cara yesterday. I wanted to see how Gloria, (I will survive, Gaynor) the hen was settling in. When the fox killed her five sisters, Gloria was left injured and traumatised. But, like the song, she’s a survivor…so my daughter Cara agreed to re-home her in a new environment, where she could […]

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