So Grateful

Mother Earth is thriving. Her abundance is nothing less than magnificent. Everywhere on this land She thrives. I have found a great many Cherry Trees She has seeded and grown over the past two years, but have remained hidden in the general mayhem of Spring and Summer, only to be discovered this year as Spring seemed to struggle and lag behind, so allowing me to see. It is simply delightful to behold. The mother tree was planted by me a mere 13 yrs ago and already she has brought forth abundance. This Field Maple is bearing fruit this year and…

It Still Takes My Breath Away!

Each morning I arise and embark on a series of rituals, that culminate with a hot cup of tea in one hand, my camera in the other and faithful Jack by my side. It is then that I step out… This has been my ritual, though not always with Jack, for the past twelve years. And so it continues… What has manifested here on this little piece of sacred Earth still takes my breath away! I touch base with it as many times a day as I can! I take thousands of photographs every year, for the sheer beauty of…

Lunar Eclipse in Pisces Full Moon

I walked out tonight into the bright light of the full moon. We have, over the past few days, experienced a wonderful full moon and lunar eclipse. During this time we have been getting connected with our intuitive energies. Our ability to connect the head with the heart. Pisces is a very emotional and intuitive sign. We need to get ready for some big shifts in our lives. Processing painful memories can be very fruitful now. This is a positive time for people in general. It’s a good time to deal with issues and have an emotional clear out. The Lunar Eclipse…

Benediction

I arise today Through the strength of heaven: Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendour of fire. Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.  ~Saint Patrick  Waking up this morning, I smile, Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.   ~Thich Nhat Hanh Such a beautiful Sunday morning here at Bealtaine Cottage! I walked out to greet the day and marvel at the subtle changes in the season. It is a Benediction each…

In The End…

I know I should not have gone out today! I know in retrospect, on reflection, it was a mistake… I had already heard something on the morning news, a tail-end of some report…something about an animal being killed, and I thought, Oh gosh, here we go again! Anyway, what happened was  I decided to go into town, taking one of my grandsons into Sligo. Later on, I was waiting around for him to meet me at the car, when I decided to go into the Newsagent and see if I could get hold of one of the broadsheets for a good read! What…

Midsummer Vigil

The wall is silence, the grass is sleep, Tall trees of peace their vigil keep, And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world. ~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day. So listen, touch, and look around — in the air and on the ground. And if you watch all nature’s things, you might just see a fairy’s wing. ~Author Unknown  I…

Envisioning the “Impossible”

Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.  ~Dorothea Brande Many people ask me, time and again, “Where did you begin planting, Colette?” “Did you have a plan?” The answer is simple, as is much of what I do and how I live my life…no plans, just a vision! The power of envisioning is just beginning to be understood. Much has been said about this process and, as yet, we have only a small level of understanding how it works, but the process of manifestation is a powerful one indeed.  Dreaming is the first step to becoming. …

A Pagan Woman

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, as well as large parts of…

The Simplicity of the Morning

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” ― Henry David Thoreau  Half light and shadows as the morning comes into view. Reflections and sunlight as the day rises. The silent beauty of the morning is a template for us all to follow into day…quiet simplicity. Gazing around the cottage as I follow through on early morning rituals. Checking where Sammy-Bear spent the night, opening the door for Jack to go out… Lighting the stove to boil the kettle… Looking for where I put my camera last…