My Best Ideas…

…flit into my head as I walk the woodland sanctuary, for it is here that I feel able to simply be, unaware of even myself! I imagine this is the same for most people, for it is in this state of unawareness that the creative mind begins to flow evenly, unstoppable. It was in walking […]

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Decorating an Old Cottage

Those of you familiar with Bealtaine Cottage online and the many hundreds who have visited will be interested to see the results of what a little paint can do in terms of brightening up a home. Yes, I’ve been busy over recent days, stood on a step-ladder, paintbrush in one hand and paint tin in […]

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Little Things

A day of many things, but mostly of remembering and giving thanks…thanks for little things…like fresh, Spring water. Seemingly inconsequential things…like an almost filled rain tub, a place where Jack loves to drink. Things many do not see…little things. Of a beautiful card made for me by a visitor… and the wonderful, heartfelt message she […]

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Vintage Ireland

I recently came across some incredible vintage posters of Ireland as promoted by the Irish Tourist Board. I want to share some of these gems with you. The artwork is stunning! Much of it in the Art Deco style. These posters represent a time when Ireland still retained a distinct culture of living that was […]

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A Sacred Space

 Early, matrilinear civilizations held certain areas as sanctuaries, for religious purposes. These were marked out in forests as groves, and mountains with stone, but all bound with markers, many of which can be recognized in the landscape today.   Here in Ireland it is still possible to walk and sit in these sacred places near […]

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Easter in a Permaculture Garden…700th Post!

This is what happens in Permaculture…surplus is fed back into the system or shared out! In this case there was a small surplus of blue paint…the outcome is what you see here! I woke to a magnificent sunrise this morning…Kilronan Mountain is shrouded in mist, so doesn’t appear to exist at all! Bees are buzzing […]

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Small Spaces and Tiny Homes

o Tiny homes are becoming popular. We are realizing the importance of space…the space we actually need to live comfortably. If I had the opportunity to build another home, it would, undoubtedly, be much, much smaller than Bealtaine Cottage. Living comfortably means a warm home, less opening and closing of doors, one big room where […]

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Midwinter Cottage

The air is still. The storm has passed.  Stillness and silence pervades the cottage. Jack is in his bed, and the boys continue to doss away the morning in the Lodge. A midwinter scene repeated all across the northern hemisphere. Someone remarked on the increasing silence they noticed in the world around them. Midwinter is a silent time, […]

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The Haunting…

With great longing for home and sadness of leaving, I made the journey back from Connemara today. As I passed Kylemore Abbey, the clouds began a hasty descent, down over the mountains of the pass… I longed for home, but was mesmerized by the play of light and mist that is a magical part of […]

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