Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

Today I felt a tiny bit sad. Not for any reason in particular…I’m sure we all feel like this every so often. So there I was, having a good old wallow in being down, when something caught my eye, causing me to look up. It was a simple cameo…a blackbird that peered inquisitively back at […]

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Permaculture Midwinter Gathering

Sprouting winter greens on the kitchen window sill, couldn’t be easier than this…the top of a swede sitting in a saucer of shallow water and left to continue growing and giving! I shall harvest small leaves to add to stir-fries. It actually looks quite Christmassy too! The seed-heads of Poppy and Honesty, now void of seeds, but […]

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Reconciliation

The natural world is all around us. The order of the Universe and the Laws of Creation bind us all. For too long now, we have ignored what we are surrounded by, and what, in essence, we rely totally upon. We are as much a part of the natural world, as the trees and bees […]

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A Good Barter

The boys have lain on the sofa for much of the day, listening to music of one sort and another, as I have worked around them. The sewing machine in the Lodge has been clicking away, as I sort and sew material into pillow-cases. It’s difficult to find good cotton pillow-cases, unless one is prepared […]

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The Heart of the Matter

Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre is a wonderful place for any unwanted dog or cat to end up…because 97% of these poor, abandoned animals are re-homed! Today I visited Christine Coulson, the lady whose dedicated commitment to the welfare of animals in this part of Ireland, made the sanctuary possible. Chistine opened this light of hope […]

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Ghosts

Winter has finally gripped the land. Frost has dipped icy tentacles into the earth itself, no longer content to dust the trees and whiten the slates. The evening sky turns a cold blue. Freezing, white mist swirls up the valley from the deep waters of Lough Allen. Winter is here! Sliabh An Iarainn Mountain catches […]

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Fairy Lights

Winter sunlight turns bare branches, that drip with rain, into fascinating fairy lights. Silver prisms of fantasy, dangling precariously from thin Birch trees. The days of light and dark are confused with bright full moons, illuminating the bare landscape… This is a delightful time of year, as the sun makes its steady progress downwards, ever down… […]

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A Room with a View

“All our wisdom is stored in the trees.” ― Santosh Kalwar Continuing this love affair with trees… …the view from every window in Bealtaine Cottage… trees, trees, beautiful trees! “When trees burn, they leave the smell of heartbreak in the air.” ― Jodi Thomas, Welcome to Harmony “To be poor and be without trees, is […]

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The Wood in the Willows

This is when the coppicing begins…early winter as soon as the leaves have fallen. This Willow will make excellent logs for the stove, once properly seasoned. The thinner bits will be added to the kindling pile and left to dry. Coppicing allows for continual regeneration of woodland and is an excellent way to help young […]

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