Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness

Yesterday I spent much of the day in a workshop group learning all about needle felting. It was a day well spent, for I was with others and being creative. I made this… We often forget how it feels to simply be. To be oneself. To be with others. To be happy. To be quiet and still. To simply be! We have forgotten…be kind, be kinder. We are oft times unkind to ourselves. We can never fully know or understand what others are struggling with, yet we all know the value of a kind word, a caring call or a shared…

A Big Thank You!

I travelled up to see Christine Coulson this morning at the Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre, to make the presentation of the monies you raised for the much needed Animal Protection and re-homing work she does 24/7! (Mum and son both neutered vaccination and wormed looking to go to new home together sweet cats super friendly) Some of the animals showing on the FB page were there this morning as I walked around the kennels…oh how I wanted to take them all home with me! One of the lovely dogs was being prepared for his final home journey to England, where…

The Naming of Cats

“The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily, Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James, Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey – All of them sensible everyday names. There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter, Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames: Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter – But all…

To The Mountain!

I’ve been spending much of this week catching up with a great many tasks that were backing up around me…cork-tiling the bathroom floor and part of the Lodge floor, clearing the tunnel for the winter crops and all the usual stuff such as clearing and mowing the paths in the gardens! I have got a lot done because I made the decision last week to come off Facebook…and have shared my thoughts with you on this… I posted a number of pics on FB this morning, as so many people delight in seeing Bealtaine Cottage! It is, however, almost impossible…

Magical Days

Gardens in Spring are one of Nature’s great delights. Here at Bealtaine Cottage the back door remains open and the sun streams in. My grandson, Dylan sips tea, whilst nearby, Charlie sleeps on the rocking chair. It is days like these that are idyllic to recall, as the days of Spring and Summer stretch out before us. Sammy-Bear sits by the open door, enjoying the strong sunshine. Somewhere in the scheme of things, as the days lengthen and the early morning birdsong touches our souls, a deep sense of optimism pervades the humdrum of everyday life. Animals react to Spring…

Days of Hibernation

Snow fell today. As I stood by the front of the cottage, the mountain of Sliabh an Iarainn appeared to suddenly rise up in a shroud of white. More often than not it merges into the sky in shades of grey and sometimes blue, but today it stood out proud, gleaming white. This mighty mountain, where once the ancients mined iron ore and ushered in the Iron Age, rises from the shores of Lough Allen to the North East, as Kilronan Mountain faces the cottage, sentinel-like, to the North. It too was dusted with a covering of light snow. I…

Irish Country Magazine

With the sun shining bright in the sky and just a touch of autumn in the air, I spent some lovely time being interviewed for Irish Country Magazine. The interest in sustainable living is growing! I’ll let you know when the interview is published. There is something of an Indian Summer happening here in the west of Ireland and it’s pretty gorgeous too! Grapes are beginning to turn colour and ripen on the vine. The early morning walk was tempered with a small chill in the air. Yesterday was spent cutting the overgrowth in the undergrowth along the hedge on…

Economy? The Future is Local…the Illusion of Growth

I keep hens. These hens feed into my local economy in small, positive ways. However, these beautiful creatures are not part of Ireland’s economy, despite their consistent hard work! Economic growth is all about measuring the flow of money. Surplus eggs at Bealtaine Cottage are bartered for other goods. The details of that growth are almost irrelevant. Yet, every day, the news is filled with details about the economy, difficult to relate to any aspect of our daily lives. There is not one aspect of what I do here at Bealtaine Cottage which would be deemed to contribute to economic…

A Country Remedy

As the days move inexorably towards the fullness of August, visitors come and go. I hear the same words being spoken, from many disillusioned souls, who make their way to Bealtaine Cottage…in search of inspiration and ways to live the better life they dream of having. Seeking a way back that takes them forward is how I describe it best. Being able to examine first hand the joys of living simply in order to simply live. Back to a time when home made cakes were the only cakes to be had and bread was made and baked twice a week….