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
And 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.
I often walk the gardens in the early morning, taking my tea or coffee with me…and always my camera.
It 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.
For 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.
You may make of them what you will.
Bealtaine Cottage is quite alive at all times and especially today, Midsummer, 20th day of June 2016.
The veil is thin…
This 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.
The 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.
The 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
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!
Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News.
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.
I am always a little bemused by people who don’t believe in faery. Solstice blessings to you. Such beautiful photos.
Magical……thanx Colette happy Solstice x
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.
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.
Solstice blessings !
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.