Wild Atlantic Way

A visit to the wild Atlantic Ocean marks the day that’s in it! The turning of another year for me, so close to the Celtic New Year, I can almost taste the wood-smoke in the air from Samhain bonfires. The ocean is strong and volatile today, churning and heaving life, as it crashes on the […]

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Eight Ways To Live a Better Life

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
This is not a check-list. It is not about ways to recycle or buy greener energy. There is enough advice out there for you to check out. Lists are good for remembering things in a hurry and ensuring everything is done, completed, bought… This is simpler and permanent. It is…

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Know Your Seeds

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
There are basically four different kinds of seed you can purchase. Open Pollinated Seed.     This is the most natural seed, simply because it has not been interfered with in any laboratory. This seed is pollinated by Nature…bees, insects and wind. Occasionally by us too as we brush up…

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As Long As The Earth…

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I’m the Earth. I won’t give up until the Earth gives up. Alice Walker I’m writing this between lighting the stove, going in…

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Driven Headlong by Passion…

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Walking along country lanes in late September is a joy, when wrapped up warm. The sun shines bright, but there is a chill in the air. Colours are brightening before the leaves finally shed their food onto the earth, replenishing the soil and adding fertility for the next growing season.…

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A Time of Early Shadows

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Autumn is a time of early shadows as the season of summer passes over. Scents of woodsmoke and compost fill the air. Samhain is close. The Celts divided the year into two parts…the light and the dark. Samhain is the crossover point into the dark. Seamus Heaney wrote a wonderful…

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Replacing Fear and Hopelessness with Fearlessness and Joy.

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
The washing is on the line, as there’s a great breeze between the light showers and sunshine. There is no washing machine or tumble drier here at Bealtaine Cottage, so a little barter or exchange takes place when the washing basket is full…which happens when I’m too busy to wash…

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A Christmas Childhood

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
A Christmas Childhood by Patrick Kavanagh (Bealtaine Cottage in the snow…looking down the driveway in the week before Christmas, 2010.) One side of the potato-pits was white with frost- How wonderful that was, how wonderful! And when we put our ears to the paling-post The music that came out was…

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The Celtic New Year Festival of Samhain

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
It is nearing the end of this beautiful year. The transition of Autumn is underway as the end of October arrives with the magical Festival of Samhain…known to many as “Halloween.” Halloween was derived from the celebration of Samhain, with its myths and beliefs about the “Otherworld” and happily placed…

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