Half Light and Shadows

www.bealtainecottage.com 039The apricot glow of a fading October sky, merged with the heavy rustling of cows on the field across the lane, drawing me outdoors.

This is a magical time of enchantment, with Nature and late evening light.

www.bealtainecottage.com 027Any noise on such a still evening exudes an eerie quality of something not understood…always best to go out and uncover the mystery.

As it was, the cows and their calves had nuzzled in close to the hedgerow, to bed down for the night.

The heaviness of their bodies crushing branches, as they leaned into the conspiratorial thorn hedgerow.

www.bealtainecottage.com 056The stillness of the evening makes one want to tip-toe on the lane.

Peering back in through the window of the cottage, lit only by a candle, illuminating the kitchen, it is easy to believe in the fairy folk…

It was remarked by many in 1950s rural Ireland, that the newly installed electric light drove the fairies away…

www.bealtainecottage.com 048The light is on its descent towards Samhain and deeper still to midwinter.

This passing of the light should be a signal for us all to slow down and embrace the stillness of the year, allowing ourselves time to reflect on our sacred journey.

www.bealtainecottage.com 031The Fennel looks to all intents and purposes the magical plant it is said to be, in this half-light.

It is so majestic, scented, beautiful and useful, that I have a mind to plant it all over the gardens!

www.bealtainecottage.com 058…the warmth of the kitchen beckons me towards the light, as the apricot shadows fall back into night.


  1. I love this post! That little cave is magical, indeed, and I’ve just stocked up on candles for the winter. Part of me loves when the power goes out, because everything goes so silent and with the soft flicker of candlelight. Thanks for the reminder that I don’t need to wait. We can always unplug. 🙂 For some reason, I’ve also been thinking about fennel almost nonstop for next year’s planting. Synchronous and beautiful! Thank you.

      • Ohhh, that’s very interesting about a possible fennel patent! No wonder I’ve had fennel on the brain so much. Plants don’t like being patented anymore than humans do. Blessings!

  2. Lovely post Colette. I often feel sad having to leave home for work when I’d rather be doing what feels like something more important in my garden, but at least the cycle route I take beside Langstone Harbour has its own pleasures. Today there was a lovely view of crepuscular rays through dark clouds shining on the water. I often see rabbits and numerous different kinds of birds. Today a kingfisher flew across the path in front of me – I think only the second time in my 50 years that I’ve ever seen one. A treat! 🙂

    All the best,

    • How wonderful to read that…and cycling allows the time and space to embrace the natural world! I have been aware of something of a spectacular show that Mother Nature is putting on for us…or, maybe, just maybe, we are opening up to her more easily…
      Colette X

    • Living close to the Earth is living close to the Mother…begin today in small ways and peace will follow. When I lived in London I started to make small changes to do this and it brought great comfort to my soul.
      I hope that this blog inspires and encourages all to embrace our Mother.
      Colette X

      • Oh…to be a creative soul requires “holding on to that image of the inner child”….( long sigh)…those of us that still hold on to that childlike way of looking at the world…..you are so right…. blessings to you,too-robbie:-) I sure enjoy your posts…

  3. Indeed! I can well understand why they thought that electric lights drove the fairies away! The flickering light of lanterns and candles certainly do create a much more mystical mood than bright electric lights do. As for planting fennel everywhere, in MY garden, it spreads itself all over and I have trouble keeping it in its place!!

    Keep up the good work – I love reading these blogs much more than I did the anti-Monsanto, angry ones that I suspect most of the readers here already agree with anyway!

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