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 […]

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Today at Bealtaine Cottage

Rain fell last night and continues this morning. There will be no lack of water in the well for the next few weeks! I have finally given away my hens…as I no longer eat eggs and there was a lovely home ready and waiting for them where they would be more useful, as they are […]

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The Watchers

Here in the study the light is low as the day fades into the west.   Ten O’Clock rings out as I take up my camera and head out into the warm evening. I have enjoyed visitors for much of the day, so stepping out into the evening allows me time to be quiet and […]

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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 […]

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Summer in the Garden

Being able to upload 31 photos is a real treat for me, and, I hope you will get a taste of Bealtaine Cottage today. I have snapped these minutes ago and come straight in to upload and write this blog…taking time en route to give Jack a cracker treat. As you can see he’s fully […]

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Post Midsummer Polytunnel Gardening at Bealtaine Cottage

Second-phase food production is under way as from this week. Midsummer has passed and many harvests are home or under-way. This week has seen me clear the tunnel, spread lots of compost afresh on the beds and begin planting for the next phase of crops. As I cleared the tunnel and collected masses of seeds and […]

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Morning

Morning in the west of Ireland on a perfect day in late June. The back door of the cottage is open; wood pigeons call softly to one another as blackbirds swoop noisily in and out of the blackcurrant bushes, feasting on the heavily laden stems. Morning…full of stillness and promise, the prelude to a hot, dry day of […]

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Bottling Summer

The old tin bath has been taken down from the wall of the barn. Used wine bottles are left to steep for a few hours in rainwater. Washed and clean, ready to be filled with home-made Blackcurrant wine. There is always at least one day during the Summer, when one feels enthusiastic enough to overcome […]

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Into the Turning

The bonfire of Midsummer night has died down. The midnight sky stays light on the northern horizon. Bats encircle the cottage, as stars emerge into the darkness. The day has passed into the Turning…of the light. As the light passes into the lazy warmth of an enduring summer, visitors to Bealtaine Cottage come and go. […]

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