Midsummer Vigil


The wall is silence, the grass is sleep,
Tall trees of peace their vigil keep,
And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled
Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world.
~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

DSC00869And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know.

There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day.

So listen, touch, and look around — in the air and on the ground.

And if you watch all nature’s things, you might just see a fairy’s wing.

~Author Unknown 

I often walk the gardens in the early morning, taking my tea or coffee with me…and always my camera.

DSC00874It is often in the early morn or at dusk that I find myself in a strange little corner of the gardens, which stretch to three acres and I attempt to capture the moment through the lens.

DSC00882For my part, I believe in the Sidhe and have often felt their presence.

This morning there appeared to be a humidity in places which made it’s presence felt in some of the photographs I took.

DSC00885You may make of them what you will.

DSC00887Bealtaine Cottage is quite alive at all times and especially today, Midsummer, 20th day of June 2016.

DSC00888The veil is thin…

DSC00892This is of very special meaning to me and heralds the presence of my Mother, for this is her Angel sitting by a plant which was dedicated to her.

My daughter bought this pot and plant as a reminder for me of my Mother and her Grandmother…it sits near my seat by the veranda, just outside the back door.

DSC00896The Realm of the Sidhe is a shadow land, carved out by the Tuatha de Danann following the defeat of the tribe in their last great battle.

Many of the sacred places in Ireland are also home to the Sidhe lying just beyond the fields we know.

DSC00904The Tuatha de Danann, the people of the Goddess Danu, were one of the great ancient tribes of Ireland.

The important manuscript ‘The Annals of the Four Masters’, records that they ruled Ireland from 1897 B.C. to 1700 B.C

Bealtaine Cottage appears to be  alive with ancestors.

Midsummer Blessings to All XXX



Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.
~William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


  1. i posted this on Good Life but will post here too as i think folks might be interested. There’s a contemporary book called “Conversations with the Sidhe” by David Spangler. Very interesting and I highly recommend it!

  2. If I see dragonflies, I know they are visitors from beyond the veil. I absolutely loved this post and the photos. It makes my heart sing. It’s the winter solstice here.

  3. Your post peaked my curiosity, Sidhe, what’s that? Google is a wonderous thing. This American who is totally ignorant of Irish Folklore learned a microscopic bit about said folklore.

  4. A beautiful post Colette. This is one of my favourite quotations. It is, of course, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
    Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
    Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
    With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”

    I can see your garden now when I read it.

    Bright blessings for Midsummer.

  5. Your garden is home to many realms. A fairy blessed place indeed. Love and blessings to the memory of your dear Mother and to her presence in your garden on this special day. Its so comforting to know our loved one’s are still present just beyond our limited sight and that the love they have for us shall never end. Midsummer blessings to you Colette. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your enchanted garden with the world.

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