The Watchers

Here in the study the light is low as the day fades into the west.   Ten O’Clock rings out as I take up my camera and head out into the warm evening. I have enjoyed visitors for much of the day, so stepping out into the evening allows me time to be quiet and absorb the ending of the day.  “Be calm…calm as a calm lagoon, then you will look beautiful as a beautiful calm lagoon crowned by the Moon and sheltered by the brilliance of the stars reclaiming your royalty of regal life…” ― Oksana Rus  The light…

Natural Gardening and No-Dig Growing

Ireland is the richest source of Celtic  myths and legends. Down through the Ages, Ireland remained remote and cut off from mainland Europe, holding onto its rich folklore and spirituality. It’s peoples worshipped all aspects of the natural world in which they recognised the Divine, in much the same way as I do here at Bealtaine Cottage. The reason for the wealth of myth and legend that pervades Ireland, today and it’s people lies not just from its isolation from mainland Europe for much of its history. Ireland remained free from pressures exerted by other cultures such as the Roman Empire. So…

The Simplicity of the Morning

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” ― Henry David Thoreau  Half light and shadows as the morning comes into view. Reflections and sunlight as the day rises. The silent beauty of the morning is a template for us all to follow into day…quiet simplicity. Gazing around the cottage as I follow through on early morning rituals. Checking where Sammy-Bear spent the night, opening the door for Jack to go out… Lighting the stove to boil the kettle… Looking for where I put my camera last…

Cottage Garden Style

There was a full moon last night. Sammy-Bear couldn’t make up his mind whether he wanted in or out. Previous to this photo I had opened the back door for him twice to go out, whereupon he ran around to the front of the cottage and jumped up on the window sill, as you can see here! It’s always a strange time when the moon is full. I’m sure you each have stories about weird happenings at this time! This May moon has cast it’s brightness over Ireland, presiding over an extraordinary time of growth. All around the cottage there…

The Goddess in the Well

Yesterday was a special day for me! The beautiful, ethereal mountain that is Ben Bulben will give you a clue… I travelled to Sligo, passing along the shores of Lough Gill, to collect a very special ring, that was made for me by gifted Silversmith, Mirjam Schiller at  https://www.facebook.com/Wildheart-290973244286031/timeline My daughter, Cara, was driving, so we stopped by the shores of the Lough, made famous by W.B.Yeats in his poetry. Birthdays come and go and I have enjoyed sixty of them, all in the month of October, near Samhain…so this, along with a second ring as yet unfinished, marked my…

Creating Environment and Powering Down!

Most of the energy we use at home comes from burning fossil fuels. Using less energy means burning fewer fossil fuels and putting less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Over the past twelve years I have endeavoured to reduce not just my own carbon footprint, but that of Bealtaine Cottage and gardens. When first planting the forest gardens it was important to keep the paths open, so mowing once a week during the growing season was a huge task! That issue is now almost resolves as the trees have shaded the paths… and dropped lots of leaves to create quite…

Evening in an Irish Cottage…

The sun has set into the west, far out on the Atlantic Ocean and the night draws in. The candle is lit in the kitchen window, a soft light to welcome the night, while on the far side of the room a small lamp illuminates the dark.  “I love to watch the fine mist of the night come on, The windows and the stars illumined, one by one, The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily, And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass; And when old Winter…

Summer in the Garden

Being able to upload 31 photos is a real treat for me, and, I hope you will get a taste of Bealtaine Cottage today. I have snapped these minutes ago and come straight in to upload and write this blog…taking time en route to give Jack a cracker treat. As you can see he’s fully engrossed with chomping! There is an abundance of Poppies this year…these are just outside the back door and almost ready to burst open! Thanks and blessings to my dear friends and supporters of the Bealtaine Cottage project. It is so very heartening to read the…

Unweaving

With my camera in one hand and mug of coffee in the other, I set off with jack for an early morning stroll around the garden and down as far as the end of the driveway. As you can see it’s a beautiful morning! My mind, as ever, began to focus on the beauty of all around me…for I live in a constant state of disbelief that all this has manifested from such barren land in little more than a decade! We live in unprecedented times. In what was promised as a post-war era of plenty on this abundant and…