Traditional Music in the Cottage Kitchen

A special visitor to Bealtaine Cottage today, Gian Castello, dropped by and played some haunting airs and a lively Hornpipe in the cottage kitchen…what an absolute delight! Gian and his partner, Kitia, will be playing music and recitations around the magical gardens as the season of Lughnasadh progresses towards Samhain. Each one will be recorded […]

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Little Pots of Magic…She Stirs…

The decision, once made, gathers energy and slowly, slowly begins to move…like a baby discovering it can crawl! And so it begins…the first small movements of the Forest of Bealtaine, barely perceptible, but felt and experienced. The Forest of Bealtaine is emerging through seed…seeds collected, saved and sown into pots of Bealtaine compost, that will […]

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The Storm

The wind had engulfed the cottage for several days, starting its angry encirclement in the early hours of Sunday morning. The kettle kept a simmer on the stove for cups of tea to pass the evening in quiet repose. The storm raged for most of yesterday too and now, this morning, the rain falls softly […]

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Moving Forward…

There’s a touch of early autumn in the air. The air is cool and the sun is hidden behind low cloud and even a little mist. I must admit to loving this time of year! The morning is filled with activity as I clear space for my bigger and better workshop addition. This is all […]

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The Romance of Gardening…falling for Gaia

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A Walk through the Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage on the Last Day of Bealtaine

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The Autumn Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage

One of the many apple trees at Bealtaine Cottage, laden with fruit on this glorious September day. As the nights draw in and the apple harvest swells, we realise Samhain is near. Autumn is making it’s progress through the beautiful Arigna Mountains and the valley where Keadue nestles near the Castle of Kilronan…a place swathed […]

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The Rain-Sodden Lushness of Midsummer in Ireland

Harvests are looking good despite the lack of sunshine. Today, Sunday, is overcast and still. If the weather is fine tomorrow I shall begin to harvest the Blackcurrants. It looks to be a mighty harvest…certainly in excess of last year, when over 100lbs were picked…and the birds had their feast along the way! Redcurrants are […]

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Reflections on an Irish Hedgerow

Flo has taken over Jack’s home…a girl after my own heart…and poor Jack, he looks so downtrodden! As soon as he dares to exit the basket, Flo spreads out so as to deter Jack from even getting his paw back in! I’ve been out looking at the hedgerow and the incredible growth so far this […]

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