Morning

Morning in the west of Ireland on a perfect day in late June. The back door of the cottage is open; wood pigeons call softly to one another as blackbirds swoop noisily in and out of the blackcurrant bushes, feasting on the heavily laden stems. Morning…full of stillness and promise, the prelude to a hot, dry day of […]

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Bartering

Bartering home made wine for time spent fixing my computer is fantastic and affordable…this afternoon was spent in the company of two friends, who did great work for me, in return for some giggle tonic; what happens when you drink this potent Blackcurrant wine. Jack has just returned with me from his early evening walk. […]

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Bottling Summer

The old tin bath has been taken down from the wall of the barn. Used wine bottles are left to steep for a few hours in rainwater. Washed and clean, ready to be filled with home-made Blackcurrant wine. There is always at least one day during the Summer, when one feels enthusiastic enough to overcome […]

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Excavating the Past…

Easy to grow salads, almost ready to eat from the box! This mixture of seeds, mostly saved seeds, so the cost is minimal, has taken about 3 weeks to germinate and grow, outdoors. Coriander, Parsley, Lettuce, Spinach, Leeks, fennel and more, all jostle together. These will be cut and cut again for several harvests. Some […]

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Obsession

Morning light floods the kitchen. The sky opens early revealing a mist over the valley. It’s been very dry here in the west of Ireland, so morning mist adds a little dew to the plants and is very welcome. I am busy writing my book, all about Bealtaine Cottage and how it grew from barren […]

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Plundering the Future

All our wealth comes from the natural world. Looking out upon the Midsummer Solstice morning makes me want to weep…for what are we doing to our beautiful planet? This is a stark realization, in terms of how we relate to Mother Earth, for we can survive without most material goods, but cannot survive without good food […]

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Into the Turning

The bonfire of Midsummer night has died down. The midnight sky stays light on the northern horizon. Bats encircle the cottage, as stars emerge into the darkness. The day has passed into the Turning…of the light. As the light passes into the lazy warmth of an enduring summer, visitors to Bealtaine Cottage come and go. […]

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Summer Cottage

  The heat of the day subsides into late evening. A gloriously hot and sultry summer day. The birds appear to have wakened in the cool of evening, filling the air with song and calls, as though they’d spent the day in the shade of the nest, keeping still and cool. The grass paths are […]

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Otherworldly…

 Sunday afternoon…picking flowers in the gardens. This feels like the full, quiet days before giving birth… The force of the full moon can still be felt in the stillness of the late afternoon air. There is an otherworldly feel to it all… Time appears to stand very still. Bees continue in a frenzy of work […]

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