Evening in an Irish Cottage…


The sun has set into the west, far out on the Atlantic Ocean and the night draws in.

DSC09709The 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. 

DSC09712“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 puts his blank face to the glass,
I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,
And build me stately palaces by candlelight.”
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal 

DSC09711The Blackbird has sung out the day and in the night, as it flies around it’s territory, marking out it’s boundary in song.

DSC09708“Inhale and hold the evening in your lungs.”
Sebastian Faulks, Engleby 

DSC09717“Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful ev’ning in.”
William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper 

DSC09713The time between blue and black is quiet, almost timeless.

DSC09715There is an ethereal glow that conjures night.

DSC09716And slowly, slowly, the hush becomes night.

DSC09714Goodnight from Bealtaine Cottage…goodnight.



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  1. lelounz

    The big photo’s are beautiful Colette, really does your photography justice 🙂


    1. Thanks indeed…it is very rewarding for me too.


  2. Raine scott

    Colette, everything you touch, and do is magic, Thank you for such lovely, magical thoughts


    1. Blessings Raine XXX


  3. Peace reigns !

    blessings ,

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  4. stellamaryg

    Lovely Colette. Thank you. x

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  5. This warmed my heart. Thank you for this. Vespers is one of my favorite times during the day…same with right before dawn. There a magic that cannot be explained unless you experience it. This was a beautiful post. xoxo


    1. Thank you Bridget…I love that word, “Vespers”…


  6. Reblogged this on Reiki Dawn and commented:
    Sharing the layers of beauty from Collette and Bealtaine Cottage.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Dawn XXX

      Liked by 1 person

  7. lukelodge

    Oh these photos are amazing, such a warm, soul soothing environment…. just love it

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Melissa Boëchat

    Good night Colette. May the Goddess behold your dreams. )o( xxx Blessings


    1. I’m just closing down the laptop…goodnight Melissa and blessings X

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