The Secret Energy of Midsummer

As the days of early summer move inexorably towards the Solstice, life at Bealtaine Cottage takes on a brilliant energy. Everything is growing! There’s a bench in my garden,  shaded by many beautiful trees, near to the lower pond, where I enjoy sitting alone, as early in the morning as I can manage… to simply be. “I can’t get enough of watching the bees and trying to imagine how they experience the abundance of, say, a blue Campanula blossom, the dizzy light pulsing, every fibre of being immersed in the flower. …” ~ Mary Rose O’Reilly Moments of such silence…

The Pursuit of Happiness

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
There’s a high wind in the skies above the cottage. Wind-chimes are clashing in discordant harmony all over the gardens. The fire in the stove roars up the chimney, heating up the oven that beckons a cake or a loaf of bread to bake… The sun shines in a baby-blue sky and the cats are spread out on the warm earth. The back door to the cottage lies open to admit the warmth of the April sun… I went into town this morning to post off seeds and herbs across the world…little bits of…