New Beginnings“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
    “Winter is dead.” 
― A.A. MilneWhen We Were Very Young 

www.bealtainecottage.comAnd so the Spring is here, truly here.

The earlier light in the morning forces me awake.

www.bealtainecottage.comI have taken to painting, cleaning, bottling wine that has sat in demijohns all winter, patiently fining and clearing in a natural way.

www.bealtainecottage.comSheds have been tidied and barns cleared.

www.bealtainecottage.comCobwebs, (and there’s lots of them here at Bealtaine Cottage…I blame it on the wood-burning stoves!), corners and book-shelves have been brushed.

www.bealtainecottage.comMats taken outside and shaken, beaten and brushed!

www.bealtainecottage.comGarden paths are now tidy and edges turned in towards the beds.

www.bealtainecottage.comPotagers mulched…gosh, I’m feeling tired just writing about it all!

All the cutting and tidying has even revealed a very old Ganesh, here at the entrance to the Fairy wood.

www.bealtainecottage.comRose arches that have slumped over the course of the winter, have been tied in and supported.

www.bealtainecottage.comEven the tunnel is tidy, as the Nectarine tree makes a show of itself!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe hammock seat has been hung once more on the veranda.

www.bealtainecottage.comAn old bench is renewed with weather protection and placed in a new spot.

www.bealtainecottage.comFennel, along with other seedlings are growing strong and sturdy.

www.bealtainecottage.comThe bottom barge on the cottage has been painted as a weather protection.

www.bealtainecottage.comEnergy continues to rise…I hear it in the early morning with the birdsong, so beautiful and alive!


Spring is the time of plans and projects.” 

― Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina

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  1. Hi Colette, everywhere looks lovely. I never noticed the Goddess above the fireplace before and never saw that fantastic and wonderful Ganesh! I love this time of year when everything gets made ready and freshened. Have a wonderful weekend. xx

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