Remembering…

As the days grow shorter and the evenings longer there is a quietness in the gardens and around the cottage that is rather haunting. Much of what I do now is centred around preparing for the Midwinter Feast and the continuing festivities of Yule. Family and friends will be arriving from as far away as Canada.  A house has been rented for the days that are in it, for Bealtaine Cottage is small! Baking is underway in the kitchen, making full use of the hot oven in the even hotter Stanley stove that is burning constant to keep the cottage…

Country Cottage Journal ~ A Christmas Eve Message from Bealtaine Cottage

The cottage is quiet. Outside the remains of the storm huff and puff it’s remaining fury. Inside the thick stone walls it’s Christmas Eve. There will be a full moon on Christmas night, the first one since 1977. But, this morning, the rays of the Midwinter sun illuminate the grey morning and all is quiet. Quiet is a welcome word after a night of howling wind and relentless rain. My blessed thanks to those of you who sent me good wishes and gifts. I am heartily grateful to receive the appreciation of friends. Friends like Heather, who made me this…

Please Note…

The posting of seeds and pendants will resume on 27th of December. Please do not place any orders until that date. I am nestling into Yule, preparing to celebrate the Midwinter with my family and friends. Bless you all and have a wonderful Midwinter and Christmas, filled with love and contentment. I will continue to post on the Bealtaine Cottage Good Life website during this time. Colette XXX

Country Cottage Journal

Preparing the cottage for Yuletide and the Midwinter Feast has been underway for the past week or so. A smaller stove has been installed in the sitting room and much of the furniture in the cottage has been moved around…a great swap has taken place! The end of all this turmoil is almost in sight…I breath a big sigh of relief, for the organising of sleeping arrangements, food and fuel is next on my “To-Do” list! This is a great time of the year for working indoors and in many ways it’s also a good time to prepare for the…

Make It, Mend It.

As the Winter nights draw in, we have a sense of being confined to home. This is the time when many people feel there is little to do, often resorting to whiling away the evenings doing nothing much…and I speak from personal experience more’s the shame! The reality is actually quite different from that which we first encounter, for this is not time we have to pass, but down time allowing us to catch up, prepare for the lighter days ahead and make plans. There lies ahead of us a mere 5-6 weeks to that most busiest of holiday seasons,…

The Waxing Moon on Christmas Eve

Evening approaches. The Eve of Christmas…Christmas Eve. A new moon rises on the day after Winter Solstice. This is the third day after the New Moon. Today it is known as the waxing Moon. It is always a time of hope and optimism. I have just returned from town and the craziness of shoppers who are ill at ease, attempting to buy food and fripperies they may not even use, for the siege mentality has taken hold. In reality, most shops are closed for only two days, but we have been conditioned to be reliant on shops rather than ourselves…

Human Resources

The Corporate Christmas is well under way, de-humanizing society and sterilizing traditions and beliefs. Human Resources is the new term for people who are employed. This is how the Corporation views you…as a receptacle for stuff…So much stuff! Who owns the stuff? Do you own it or does it own you? You insure it! You clean it! You watch it. You worry about it! It does not care for you. You die, the stuff remains! Keep acquiring the stuff. Send some of your stuff to the landfill dump. There is nowhere for the stuff to go…there is no away…stuff rules!…

Why I No Longer Celebrate Christmas!

Christmas fever is widespread as the orgy of spending takes hold. Ordinarily sane people are in-debting themselves to a year ahead of pay-back as they tread wearily around shops filled with Chinese imports! Some years ago I made a decision to opt out of mainstream. I had come to the conclusion that much of what I lived by was the result of not questioning, but merely going along with everyone else. Now, I must point out that once one begins to question the status quo, all sorts of issues raise their Medusa-like heads…religion, education, government, consumerism, et al! Every aspect…