Celtic Spring

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

A weekend of storms has settled into sunshine and showers.

mum at Bealtaine CottageThe funeral of my darling Mother is over.

The future for those she left behind has re-started.

A lovely calm has descended upon Bealtaine Cottage.

www.bealtainecottage.com permacultureI returned on my own last night, preferring to spend time alone.

The evening was filled with lighting stoves, making tea and feeding pets.

My mother was a great pragmatist, being a war-child…she was adept at knuckling down, to doing what had to be done!

So, it’s easy for me to follow suit.

www.bealtainecottage.comThe next few weeks are going to be very busy, as there’s masses of work to be finished in the gardens and much preparation for the growing season ahead!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe next few weeks will see the Willow opening and bees beginning to emerge, rather tentatively, from hibernation.

www.bealtainecottage.comIf there is to be any good Willow for cutting this year, then the coppicing needs to be done now!

www.bealtainecottage.comOne lazy week will never be caught up with!

www.bealtainecottage.comImbolc is welcomed in on the 1st day of February.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThis marks the start of the Celtic Spring…always a month or so earlier in these far reaches of Europe. www.bealtainecottage.comThe earth begins to dry out and warm up…lovely days ahead!

Bealtaine Cottage frogs in the pondThe ponds will throng with frogs and toads, all making merry in the Springtime revelry!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe wheel turns.

www.bealtainecottage.comMother Nature never sleeps.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureSpring is on her way!


  1. My condolences to you Colette. My family and I are also going through the process of letting my grandmother go, she’s a stubborn and fierce woman, but it seems her rite of passage is also quickly approaching. May spring bring with it much abundance and greenery to your part of the world!


  2. The sparkle of the dew; the song of a bird, the silence of snow, we hear them.
    In the Thin Places,
    we see them.
    In the moment before waking in gentle morning
    we sense them: a smile, a whisper, a sigh
    In the purr of a cat, the nuzzle of a dog and the delighted squeal of a child
    we love them

    May you always sense your Mother in the Beauty that is Bealtaine.


  3. My condolences to you Collette. I hope your adjustment to life without the physical presence of your mother is not too hard. Give yourself the odd treat, like meeting up with friends for a coffee. It costs nothing but can ease the adjustment. Take care xxx

  4. My mum died back in 2012 and I feel her with me when I work in my vegetable garden and when I head off exploring online and find something wonderful. They flow through our veins :). Here in Tasmania, Australia the weather is ramping up for a hot February. I wish our autumn was calling but it seems so very far away at the moment. Last year our Summer stretched on…and on…and ON and didn’t leave us until early May! We don’t get a lot of rain over our summer period and by early May the soil was parched, baked and everything was brown, crispy and dry. I love looking at your “damp” images. They make me smile. Enough water for a toad to frolic in! You can’t ask for more than that (especially if you live in Australia 😉 ). Thankyou for this wonderful post 🙂

      • Nope…in the middle of it right now…it isn’t listening to you and it is HOT. Tasmania is supposed to be Australia’s “Little Britain” (got to say, the people are certainly reminiscent of the show 😉 ) BUT we seem to be getting mainland temperatures in waves the last few years. Got to say I am lusting for autumn and those first crisp clear mornings when its just me and Brunhilda (my big wood stove) seeing in the new day. I love the cooler months!

  5. My sympathies for your loss. I can only imagine how difficult it must be but am glad the sun is shining and the green is beginning to regenerate. That is a lovely picture of your mother, and the other pictures are breathtaking as well!
    I always feel strange celebrating Celtic Spring in the depths of the Canadian winter!

  6. A lovely picture of your mother, sitting in the sun. I’m sure she will be walking with you and whisper her lessons in your ear. We are along way from Spring here in N.E. U.S. I do celebrate Imbolg and Bridgette (Brige), but it won’t feel like Spring here for 6 weeks at least! Love to watch your preparations with anticipation. Be well. The earth will heal your loss.

  7. I am so sorry about your Mom, the picture of her is beautiful. You have such cherished memories of her and she will always be with you. Thanks for giving us a hint of Irish spring.

  8. So sorry to hear of your loss Colette, thinking of you and hope you are managing ok.
    With love, Terri and Lol xxxx

  9. Extending condolences to you, Colette, on the passing of your mother. I have seen you mention her so fondly. May you always cherish your sweet memories of her. ~ Blessings <3

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