Creating a Bee and Butterfly Garden

A new garden! A big task is underway. It’s a labour of love for the Butterflies and Bees…so bound to be beautiful, with lots and lots of flowers and flowering shrubs. This is a garden I have often dreamed of creating, so am very excited about getting stuck in! The video will introduce you to the task in hand…

Benediction

I arise today Through the strength of heaven: Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendour of fire. Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.  ~Saint Patrick  Waking up this morning, I smile, Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.   ~Thich Nhat Hanh Such a beautiful Sunday morning here at Bealtaine Cottage! I walked out to greet the day and marvel at the subtle changes in the season. It is a Benediction each…

Evening at Bealtaine

Evening falls at Bealtaine Cottage. The nights are drawing in…have you noticed?  “The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in.” ― Olivia Howard Dunbar “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,…

Rustic and Free…Garden Ideas

Everybody loves gardens! One of the flourishing businesses of our time is that of Garden Centres. I love walking around a Garden Centre, but can rarely afford to buy more than one or two plants…if that! But…I continue to develop the gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage…on a budget that more often than not hovers around the zero mark! How is it done? With lots of inspiration from the greatest gardener of the lot, Mother Nature! Lots of seeds and cuttings grow into plants that go to make the gardens, such as here by the front door. Home-made compost as well…

Climate Collapse

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
This has been difficult to write. I expect to lose many subscribers. Truth-tellers in an age of illusion are not welcome, in any circles! However, truth be told, I have never sought the high opinion of others, so I am prepared to speak the truth, as I see it! Some of you, maybe even many of you, will decide to unsubscribe to this blog. Be that as it may…I must press on! Climate Change has turned the corner…the one that faces into uncertainty and fear. Yes, I am fearful for what lies ahead for…