Bealtaine Cottage Early Summer Album

It has been some time… “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James Just as the rosebuds are swelling, early Summer makes an appearance. It has been a long cold Winter and Spring. Euphorbia has brightened the veranda with its vivid lime green. And finally, finally the garden stirs into full life. “Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet…

Angels

Embracing one’s journey means being ready for change. To be ready, one has to be open and receptive. This morning I searched for an explanation of what I experienced in my dreams; the kind of dreams that seem real, so real you get confused, almost trapped between two realms; that of sleep and wake. Before going to bed, I went through the usual ritual of walking Jack around and under the trees near the cottage. The moon was full and very bright…it had risen late. The night was still and the moon was rising in a cloudless sky. The West…

The Most Sacred Thing

    Marija Gimbutas was a most extraordinary Archaeologist, perhaps the first archaeologist to look at how life was lived in the days before war! Yes, it is amazing to think that such a world ever existed, but one needs to listen to some of the recordings of her work to understand the magnificence of this discovery. What Marija has to say, in light of my ten years of experience here at Bealtaine, makes perfect sense to me! I have added a link to some of her recordings and lectures at the end of this blog. The work of Gimbutas…

From A Window on Earth Day

Spring progresses through the west of Ireland. It may be Earth Day, but every day is so. Earth is our only home. Clear skies and sunshine have hastened the beginning of Summer. I walked around the cottage this morning and snapped a picture of the view from each window. Now that the warmer days are here, the cottage has gone into reversal, remaining cool and dark on hot days, when it is a relief to walk indoors. It is evening as I write and the rain is falling, fast filling the barrels that have run dry over recent days. I…

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 and birds are singing to herald in this wonderful Easter weekend here in the west of Ireland! With the emergence of Spring, several weeks ago now, there has been an accumulation of heat and light working on the earth that promises an early Summer. The promise…

As Long As The Earth…

As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I’m the Earth. I won’t give up until the Earth gives up. Alice Walker I’m writing this between lighting the stove, going in and out to the barn chopping wood and getting my breakfast together. Much of the wood I save and stack in the barn is collected from the ground beneath trees after a storm…it’s amazing how much timber for the stove can be foraged in this way.  I’m so delighted with…

The Memory of Eden

What is it that makes so many farmers and gardeners want to burn vegetative material? The same happens here in Ireland, a country with the lowest tree cover in all of Europe! This is essential for building soil, in fact is the only thing apart from erosion of rock, that actually gives us soil. Our connection to the soil is vital, for it gives us our food. Those who fail to make that connection are doomed to starvation and loss of habitat. Loss of habitat means certain death. Is this what is happening all over the Earth right now? It…

Midwinter Blessings

The ancients believed winter, especially Midwinter, was a time of tremendous spiritual power. And so the shortest day has passed and we are looking forward, at last, to the ascending sun, from tomorrow. The greenery on the mantelpiece will stay a few days longer, as the days slowly lengthen. Work on the potager beds and orchards begins in the next week or so. Cloud and mist have enveloped Kilronan Mountain today, between snow falls and dark skies…the sun has shone intermittently. Of the Solstices and Equinoxes, the Winter Solstice was the most important among the Ancients, since it marked the…