Preparing the cottage for Yuletide and the Midwinter Feast has been underway for the past week or so.
A smaller stove has been installed in the sitting room and much of the furniture in the cottage has been moved around…a great swap has taken place!
The end of all this turmoil is almost in sight…I breath a big sigh of relief, for the organising of sleeping arrangements, food and fuel is next on my “To-Do” list!
This is a great time of the year for working indoors and in many ways it’s also a good time to prepare for the year ahead, get work done and a sense of order into the cottage.
The weather has been stormy and wet, leaving little time for any works outdoors anyway.
Despite this, it’s lovely to walk in the aftermath of such weather, as mists arise and sunsets glimmer…
Presents are made and wrapped and put to one side, to be taken out after the feast and distributed amidst excitement and anticipation.
Many of the gifts are cherished, home-made and unique.
It’s interesting to note that this appears to be much of a trend now as the big manufacturers are attempting to emulate the same “home-made, folksy, country craft” look.
It also shows that people are tired of the commercial glitz!
As I write, sitting here in the small study at the front of the cottage, the rain pours down from the heavens.
Storm Desmond is casting it’s remains down upon us!
I have posted Ancient Bog Oak pendants, hand crafted by my brother Hugh O’Neill, to many countries.
There are a few left should anyone want a gift posted from Bealtaine Cottage on their behalf, though time is limited to a few days for posting in time for Christmas.
This is the link…
Blessings to you all on this stormy Saturday…keep snug and warm!