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…

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…

The Arrogance of Certainty

Thirteen years ago I made a decision to follow my heart and return to Ireland, with a mighty quest. I wanted to prove the cynics and naysayers wrong. I believed it was possible and doable to repair Mother Earth…at least a small part of her, whatever little piece I could afford to buy. Now, thirteen years is a short time in the scheme of things and those who have looked at the before pictures are as amazed as I am at the speed, health and abundance of her recovery! It is important to state here, for the record, that most…

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…

Simple Living

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
“We’d incorporated Asia into our bones – its colours and laughter, its smells, its rhythms, its tolerance and patience, its compassion, its lack of ageism.” ~ Jane Wilson-Howarth Colour is important to me, as you can see from both the cottage and the garden. I am led to infuse it into my daily life, as in the tie-dyed sheet that hangs as a curtain on the old doorway. Sometimes it’s all too easy to go to the shops and buy what is deemed suitable for covering a doorway…usually a door! But, as always, a…

View from the Edge of the World

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
As the Roman Empire came apart at the seams, the safest place to be was on the very edges of that dying empire. I have recently been reading the books, by Robert Harris, detailing the life of the great thinker, orator and statesman, Cicero. It is uncanny how many parallels with modern day life can be drawn from the novels,  ‘Imperium’ and ‘Lustrum’…(the third in the trilogy is yet to be published). Of all the cumulative reasons why the Roman Empire came apart, endless wars, an over reliance on slave labour and corruption in…

While Rome Burns…

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
There are no solutions to the instability in the world that I care to offer, as my voice is irrelevant in the scheme of things that cause mayhem and war. I can only offer advice on what works for me…on what keeps me sane in a world filled with lunacy! Keep grounded! Do what you have to do and do it well! Look ahead into the seasons and make plans for planting, working, visiting and caring for the world around you. Think about ways in which you can heal the world around you, be…

The Midwinter Archives

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
Midwinter, past and present…all here for you to see! Feeling a touch nostalgic, I decided to share some of the magic of Midwinter with you from previous years. The silvery light of a midwinter sun captures a sense of magic indoors. We are all deeply affected by light and respond in varying ways to it, though mostly it makes us feel happier and more positive about life. The light of both the sun and moon proved so important for our ancestors that they integrated all aspects of both into their spiritual lives. Somewhere in…

A Pagan Woman

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
True morality consists not in following the beaten track but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it. ~ Mahatma Gandhi The word, “morality” comes from Latin, moralitas, meaning “manner, character, proper behaviour”  One would be forgiven for thinking that morality was invented therefore by the Romans…in my view a most immoral culture and empire! Following on from the collapse of the Roman Empire, morality became the foremost banner of the Abrahamic religions, as they prescribed the life to be adhered to for those in Europe and later North and South America,…