Sunday 30th October 2016
Thanks to all who have sent good wishes and love on my birthday.
Special thanks to Kilronan Castle and staff who worked so very hard to create a most wonderful evening…I felt like royalty!
Friday 28th October 2016
In the world of the Sidhe, time stands still…
Monday 24th October 2016
What a lovely surprise!
The morning post brought me gifts…
Thank you Jules Cooper, Hedgewitch, for the beautiful book…it brought delight and enchantment to Bealtaine Cottage this morning.
Sunday 23rd October 2016
I’ve added a top and boots to the outfit, as well as a Fish Necklace.
Working on the jacket, I have hand-sewn some old blue lace to the bottom edge…
…and done some more work on the back…continues to be a work in progress!
Just such a beautiful morning, though it’s clouded over since I snapped the pics!
Saturday 22nd October 2016
It’s my birthday next week and I’m busy sewing an outfit for the great night of my 61st!
I’m off to dinner with family and friends, so want to look the part…so…I’m sewing up a storm of Victorian Gothic/Romantic Vintage Upcycling!
Half-way through this project, but pleased with the overall look so far!
You can leave a comment on the FB page if you like the look… (Difficult to comment on this long, long and growing longer by the day, page!)
Latest Video, posted this morning…
Thursday 20th October 2016
It was the birthday of a friend yesterday, so I set about in the garden making a fully biodegradable wreath for her front door, as a seasonal decoration that could be used over and over!
I used Willow and Dogwood as a base.
I then embellished with Virginia Creeper, Bay, Rowan berries, Ribes berries, Ivy, Cotoneaster, Grapevine, Birch and Rosehips. There is no glue used in this, or wire, string etc.!
It’s all twisted together!
To learn how to make this for yourself. here’s the link to the blog I wrote…
Wednesday 19th October 2016
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.”
Monday 17th October 2016
Typing these words takes the skill of an acrobat as I work around Sammy-Bear!
The Bearkin boy is simply refusing to even acknowledge me!
Beauty is ignoring him, so he’s determined to grab attention anywhere he can!
Bless you all and goodnight X
Update on the blog posted yesterday…the months of June/July/September and October are now taken.
April/May and August remain.
As expected, the opportunity to spend a week at Bealtaine Cottage, learning all about Permaculture and Sustainable Living, is being snapped up.
Good afternoon from a damp but filled with Autumn colour, west of Ireland and Bealtaine Cottage!
There are still a few Bees around, though many of the worker Bees are no longer with us and the Queens are sorting out their hibernation for Winter.
Nasturtiums and Sedum continue to provide food for the stragglers.
Most of the Swallows have also embarked on their long journey back to South Africa…sadly missed, but…next year, next year!
The enchantment of Winter is close at hand…can you see?
There is something most ethereal about Midwinter…a time of revelation!
Sunday 16th October 2016
A complete turn-around as the moon becomes full…wet and grey weather this morning!
“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up? Nobody looks at chimneys, or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn’t notice.”
― Julie Andrews Edwards
“We can become inspired to shape a higher, more ideal future, and when we do, miracles happen.”
― James Redfield
Saturday 15th October 2016
Ode To Autumn
by John Keats
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
Friday 14th October 2016
I am laid low at present with sciatica in my left leg and hip…despite that, daily chores continue, but interspersed with periods of rest, which are great as I get to read more!
I was upset and sad to read about the Gorilla that broke out at London Zoo yesterday…when is humankind going to stop this cruelty called Zoos?
Imprisoning any animal is disgusting…there, I’ve said it!
This has got to be one of the most beautiful Autumns ever here in the west of Ireland!
“I remember feeling that pieces of me were scattered around the world; I belonged to her, Mother Earth.”
― Raquel Cepeda
“I have learned that the point of life’s walk is not where or how far I move my feet but how I am moved in my heart.”
― Anasazi Foundation
To me, cruelty is the worst of human sins. Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.
“A Robin Redbreast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.
A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.
A Horse misus’d upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fiber from the Brain does tear.”
Wednesday 12th October 2016
A very good Blessed Morning to you all!
I’m so thrilled to see so many berries on the Ribes bushes all over the gardens.
It means that the Bees have exited hibernation at the right time this year, just as these were flowering, and, they have pollinated to create these wonderful little berries for the birds over winter!
It’s all good!
Tuesday 11th October 2016
And down to the woods went Jack and I for a morning explore…
Such magic in the air…
Part of the old, ruined gatehouse…the Fairy House…and suffused in magic!
…visiting the old Fairy House that was once part of an ancient gateway to Kilronan Castle.
What does he see and hear…I wonder!
Thank much Cathy Havens from Canada…such a wonderful gift package to receive in the post…and filled with blessings of abundance! This pic is for you…Jack at the Fairy House in the woods near Lough Meelagh.
Monday Evening…at Kilronan Castle and Lough Meelagh
Jack and I set out on a long walk around one side of the lough on the shore of Kilronan Castle.
It was daylight as we left the cottage and pitch dark by the time we returned.
WE ARE NOW PAST EQUAL DAY AND NIGHT AND ON THE DESCENT TO SAMHAIN AND THE NIGHT OF THE “THIN VEIL”…
Darkness quickly descended upon us as we rounded the lough and approached the castle…
The waxing moon had begun to rise high in the night sky..
The castle is reputed to be haunted…not that one would notice at this time of the evening as guests dined on the other side of the great castle windows…
But Jack and myself chose not to linger, as the night was fast drawing in…
We walked hurriedly through the woodland, just pausing once to look back at the castle and take this one, last picture.
Monday Afternoon 10th October 2016
Here’s the link to the updated seed bank at Bealtaine Cottage, where I have just posted a new selection of seeds for sale, ( including the Red Valerian seen above).
All are just 2 Euros a pack including P&P to anywhere in the world! Have a look at some of the seeds on offer below…
Monday Morning 10th October 2016
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. The rich colours of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring… ~P.D. James
Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face….
~John Donne, “Elegy IX: The Autumnal”
Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees….
Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream…
~Ernest Dowson (1867–1900), “Autumnal”
The days may not be so bright and balmy—yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell—some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power. ~Northern Advocate
Sunday Evening 9th October 2016
Here she is…very confident about her place in her new home!
Beauty has hissed a few times at Jack…ever the gentleman…has kept his distance!
She’s getting used to Jack!
And knows her way around!
Sunday Morning 9th October 2016
“Where once I prayed for forgiveness from a father God who held up huge palms and said “Thou shalt not,” now I find peace with a sister god who takes my open hands in hers and says, “You will.”
― Betsy Cornwell
The new view of my bedroom…bed obscured by some clever placement of furniture, so the curtain may be left drawn open.
“In an era where women undress their outfits & give their bodies so carelessly, become the rare wild woman that undresses her mind and soul & knows the worth of what she has to offer.”
― Nikki Rowe
Saturday 8th October 2016
In case anyone missed it, I shot a video this morning and posted it up on the Bealtaine Cottage YouTube Channel…you can check it out here…
It’s another lovely Autumn day…simply here to enjoy!
Friday 7th October 2016
Just Before Bed…
It’s near time for bed.
The cottage is beginning to cool down as the fire in the stove slowly dies out…here it was earlier this evening.
It’s a great little stove as I can boil the kettle on the top and uses a fraction of the fuel used by the big stove in the kitchen.
I often think a millionaire would not enjoy the comfort I have here in this little cottage.
It’s been a long day indeed.
I took Beauty and a cat found abandoned and bereft by my daughter to the Vet to be neutered.
Beauty had to be at the Vet for 10am and I picked her up at 5pm…operation successful!
She got straight into her food when home.
I made her up a clean bed and a low level litter tray, so as she would not have to exert herself climbing in and out.
Suzy the Vet used dissolvable stitches and the wound is quite neat and clean.
Her feline cousin was delivered home and feted with the same loving care.
Both patients are recovering well!
I hope to start the integration process with Sammy-Bear and herself in the coming days when she has healed and recovered.
Both will be cuddled up on the sofa together in the coming weeks…just in time for winter!
Thursday 6th October 2016
Sammy-Bear has spent the day trying to get an eyeful of Beauty.
It’s been very funny watching him!
Like his idol, Keith Richards, Sammy is attracted to the younger female…ahem!
Peeping in through the windows of the shed at Beauty really does make him a Peeping Tom!
I have to admit to a fair bit of exhaustion over the past couple of days, for I have been pushing myself too hard I think!
Hence no Journal yesterday…sorry about that!
In between some very heavy pruning at the top of the land, I have written a blog, (link below) and made a video, (link below too)!
Here’s the little ‘un!
Tuesday 4th October 2016
A Vegan lunch hosted by Colette at Bealtaine Cottage, in aid of “Irish Cancer Society,”(Vegan Village Challenge) ended with a beautiful rendition of the words of “Last of the Giants,” from Game of Thrones, set to music and sung by Sarah Wood
It’s certainly been a busy, but very rewarding day!
Lunch was served to six guests in aid of “Vegan Village”
To raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society, people from Leitrim Village are taking part in ‘Dare to Care’ on Today FM and going vegan for a week
Some stayed behind for a sing-song!
So I made a short video that I will be uploading soon!
I even served some home-made Blackcurrant Liqueur!
Monday 3rd October 2016
What a busy day!
I been to the gym, worked in the garden, walked Jack, found a kitten and prepared a Vegan lunch for eight people for tomorrow!
Kitty is ensconced in the shed on a sheepskin rug, having eaten two pouches of cat food, a bowl of cat biscuits and drunk about half a pint of milk…she will sleep until the morning I shouldn’t wonder!
The poor being was sitting on the side of the road looking very bereft and quite lost!
It appeared to my decades of experience in these matters, that she had been dumped from a car! Meanwhile, the Keith Richards of the Cat World…Sammy-Bear, has been behaving badly…again! And this was before I brought the little one home!
He’s been charged and found guilty of: taking over Jack’s bed, leaving Jack very upset and too frightened to retaliate…as well as:
sitting his fat derriere into the bowl where the Catnip was drying and refusing to move from there, adopting a curiously Keith Richards bewildered/couldn’t-care-less look! He staggered off later, high as a kite! Catnip seeds anyone? Tested and approved by the rapscallion above…
I had hoped to begin another Juice Fast on the 1st day of October, but got enmeshed in other things, so am on track today to start a 20 day JF…or thereabouts!
(I want to lose a bit more weight before my birthday!)
The great thing about the last JF I did, was that in keeping to a Vegan plan afterwards, I have managed to maintain the weight loss!
And with ease!
So, onwards and upwards.
I’ll keep a daily update going on this over at the page on Bealtaine Cottage Good Life!
Sunday 2nd October 2016
And just before bed…after spending most of today on this site, trying to update it and make it as attractive and user-friendly as possible, I feel it’s as good as it’s ever going to be!
Why do I do it?
Well, it’s quite simple really!
It’s my heartfelt mission to bring people closer to Mother Earth.
To share the beauty I see with the world, helping to encourage and even convince people to see Mother Earth as a living, sentient being and ourselves as part of her.
To bring Eden into being, we must first make peace with the Great Mother.
It’s very chilly here this evening, so I’ve lit the stove and eaten the rest of my delicious Vegan Curry.
So, so easy to make!
I shall post the recipe over on the Bealtaine Cottage Good Life website this week.
The photographs I am posting here were all snapped this morning.
I am chewing over the pros and cons of buying a new camera.
My daughter would like to have this one and I feel ready for a more professional model, if I can get one at the right price, second-hand.
There’s a place in Enniskillen called CEX that buys and sells all things techy like cameras, phones, computers etc.
I may visit later in the week!
Midday at Bealtaine Cottage
Dragon’s breath along the valley below the cottage this morning.
It’s turning into a beautiful day!
Today is the birthday of my eldest daughter, Cara.
I’m feeling blessed to be mother to such a kind and compassionate woman.
For these are the immortal threads that link us to the Divine.
I have received several concerns about the accessibility of this Journal…namely that it can prove difficult to access when trying to catch up with previous postings.
The initial intention was that it would be read on a daily basis, but I realise that can be difficult for many people.
I have two options on how to deal with this problem.
One would be to try to find another WordPress theme that would support this Journal.
Two is simply to discontinue the Journal in it’s present format.
The existing problem will only continue to grow as the Journal itself grows and that’s the dilemma!
Saturday 1st October 2016
There are days when the land seems to talk.
Today was just such a day.
There’s an unsettling aura around everything…even I feel out of sorts…agitated…concerned!
The day started fine, but unrest began to seep in, like rising water…and has caused a disturbance of soul.
It’s almost as though this morning was the prelude, the calm before the storm…though the storm has yet to arrive.
There is something in the air…
A Beautiful Morning…
October has begun in true Autumnal style, with clear skies, a little morning frost and sunshine to warm the day! I watched steam rise from the east side of the hip roof on the cottage as the sun warmed the slates and the boys played tag! All sentient beings respond to weather, especially early morning sunshine!
Nasturtiums are flourishing and am only recognising now the fact that they are Autumn flowers.
I always assumed them to be Summer blooms!
However, they really come into their own at this time of year, providing a late feast for the Bees! It’s been simply years since I sowed any Nasturtium seeds!
They start to grow from seeds dropped the previous year in the most unexpected of places.
And, if like me, you cold compost, the nasturtiums really do spread around the garden! You’ll be pleased to know that I have been collecting lots of these seeds over recent days and have added them to the Seed Site…here’s the link…
Friday 30th September 2016
Tonight’s Black Moon!
Sunshine and rain…with a “Black Moon” promised for tonight!
The Black Moon that people are talking about now is defined as when two new moons—the phase of the moon where it appears invisible in Earth’s sky—happen in a single calendar month.
This is the first time in over two years that’s happened.
You probably won’t see the moon because it’s at the new moon phase.
Depending on where you live in the world, this new moon is either the second of two new moons in September 2016, or the first of two new moons in October 2016.
The second of two new moons in a single calendar month is sometimes called a Black Moon. There are many people, especially women around the time of a Black Moon, who declare themselves to be extra tired, or even quite listless.
For my own part I am extra energised and eager to get to work on projects around this moon phase!
The Celts believed that Oidhche Shamhna, Samhain, was an open portal in time.
Samhain is Irish for November.
The festival of Samhain was on November 1, and by extension, the word “Samhain” refers to the whole month of November.
In the past, any crops still in the field on Samhain were considered taboo, and left as offerings to the Nature spirits…though our crops today are more diverse and some over-winter very well!
Thursday 29th September 2016
“They will remain shut away behind a hedge of thorns. The journey in search of soul is difficult and even dangerous because it requires that we relinquish the certainty of what we think we know and what we have been taught for generations to believe. It means surrendering the desire to be in control and opening ourselves to a quest, a path of discovery. Many myths and fairy tales emphasise the need for surrender and trust in the strange non-rational guidance offered by animals or shamans on the quest. As the hero follows their guidance, so the hedge opens, the way unfolds. Following the guidance and wisdom of the instinct is the royal road into the realm of soul.”
― Anne Baring,
“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfilment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfilment.”
― John O’Donohue,
“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.”
― John O’Donohue,
And, later on this afternoon in the garden…
Moss is now growing over the stones in the circle.
Moss grows rapidly in the west of Ireland climate.
One of the beautiful and very fast-growing, Lime trees.
“There is nothing more to say and everything to do”…this was the final message I posted on Twitter!
Forgive me if you have been one of the 3,500 or so loyal followers of Bealtaine Cottage on Twitter, but the time arrived this morning for me to get back to Mother Earth.
My time can no longer be stretched out across Social Media and there are few enough people who are generous enough to “share” anything on SM.
I intend to keep to my work for Mother Earth…that is really getting back to the heart of the matter!
I intend to keep sharing, photographing and giving this sacred Earth a voice.
All the politicking, protesting, debating etc., merely consumes time…and time is not to be wasted!
For, as Maxine Hong Kingston said…
And that is what I intend to keep doing!
Wednesday 28th September 2016
Suppose the Universe is trying to penetrate the thick fog of our consciousness?
Suppose that behind the 4% of it that is visible to us, there are undiscovered dimensions and multitudes of beings that inhabit them?~Anne Baring
Suppose that we do not die with the death of our body, but continue to live and grow in these dimensions… ~Anne Baring
…so that there is continuity between what happens here and what happens there. ~ Anne Baring
As with final contractions of… birth, I feel the need to push beyond the constriction of an intolerable state of ignorance ~Anne Baring
Embarking upon this journey into “The Dream of the Cosmos,” by Anne Baring, is something akin to a precious time spent with a kindred spirit…one wants it to move slowly and not come to an end!
Here is a tiny sample of the earthy commonsense in her writing…
“Earth is our home in the Cosmos. We are faced with two immense problems: the problem of our increasing numbers and the problem of diminishing resources to sustain those numbers.” ~ Anne Baring
The latest addition of applied technology at Bealtaine Cottage…and it has the capacity to extend!
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, you may just notice the new teapot on the table…
It has an infuser in the centre where one can add real tea-leaves to make real tea that is easy to clean out!
And it really does make wonderful tea!
Great for adding and mixing fresh herbs from the garden into the chamber!
The Feverfew continues to bloom on the veranda…and the seed from all the other flowers has been safely saved for another year!
The above link was published today.
Tuesday 27th September 2016
More Pics of Lough Meelaugh…
Away from the tumult of motor and mill
I want to be care-free; I want to be
I’m weary of doing things; weary of
I want to be one with the blossoms
Edgar A. Guest
Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.
Don’t think: Look!
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Walking by Kilronan Castle…
Jack and I went down to Kilronan Castle for a walk yesterday evening.
It was a perfect time of the day, sunny and dry!
We met some visitors from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, who had just arrived to stay at the castle and were walking down by the lough.
It’s always like this when walking with Jack…we get chatting with total strangers who are pleased to see a friendly dog…and Jack loves people!
He also is beginning to really love water too!
Thank you Rose from California for your wonderful comment…a joy to read!
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.
If there is any wisdom running through my life now, in my walking on this earth, it came from listening in the Great Silence to the stones, trees, space, the wild animals, to the pulse of all life as my heartbeat.
Whenever I have found myself stuck in the ways I relate to things, I return to nature. It is my principal teacher, and I try to open my whole being to what it has to say.
Nature is man’s teacher.
She unfolds her treasure to his search,
unseals his eye, illumes his mind,
and purifies his heart;
an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds
of her existence.
~ Alfred Billings Street
A Crannog on the Lough
Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.
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Monday 26th September 2016
A beautiful day of walking with Jack, gardening and working on the Lughnasadh Garden, making delicious Vegan food and being social…what more could one ask for?
Autumn flowers are giving their final burst, as is the last Sunflower not to have been blown over in the recent high winds.
As I make more room in the tunnel it seems to be a good place to store cuttings that need to be dried out a bit, cut and stacked…great for kindling in the Winter and early Spring!
The new Lughnasadh Garden is thriving, despite the time of year! The mulch I use here is directly from the garden shredder and as you can see has oxidised in the air and gone much darker. This feeds and mulches!
I received a package this morning and opened it to find this amazing book. Thank you Francis and Sharon for thinking of me and taking the trouble (and expense!) to post it to me. “The Dream of the Cosmos,”(A Quest for the Soul) promises to be a wonderful read! Written by Anne Baring and described as her magnum opus, I look forward to reading this work over the coming weeks.
I’m in love with this old log that has created a tiny garden with Mother Earth.
It’s so very perfect…look closely!
Now, that’s magic!
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Sunday 25th September 2016
As you can see, it’s a simply fabulous morning!
The sun is streaming through the trees and birds are singing their hearts out…such Autumn days are to be soaked up and feasted upon in the dark days of Winter!
Yet sunshine brightens after rain,
The darkness comes and goes again,
So solace follows bitter pain,
As seasons wax and wane.
~Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen (1832–1911)
The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other. ~Arthur Rubinstein
Nature bestows her own, richest gifts
And, with lavish hands, she works in shifts…
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “The Four Seasons” (1940s)
The Seed Bank at Bealtaine Cottage continues to expand as collecting continues!
Just in case you missed the latest video, where I spoke about a cause very close to my heart…Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre…this is just to say that I have had a donation of 50 euros from my brother, Cormac O’Neill!
So, tomorrow, I will contact Christine and let her know officially of the Fundraiser I am organising through this website.
In order to be utterly transparent, I intend posting a list of donors and their donation. This will be in the form of a page listed at the top of the website here.
I am donating 100 euros, so that makes 150 already.
The target is 1000 euros.
I am putting up a Donor page now, with a donate button.
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Saturday 24th September 2016
A rainy morning…so I waited for the sun to eventually peep out!
My internet connect is so very slow…so will post a longer update later on, when (hopefully) it will be a little faster!
I rely on my phone hotspot…slow at the best of times!
Another bag of mixed items for the Charity shop in Ballinamore…it supports St Christopher’s Hospice in Cavan and is easy to drop into on my way to Enniskillen!
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Friday 23rd September 2016
From earlier today, with Jack in Lough Key Forest Park, where some of the most beautiful trees grow to gigantic proportions!
So blessed to have this wonderful park nearby!
The park has a lovely cafe, where my daughter treated me to a takeaway coffee…my first coffee in four weeks and first one ever without sugar…it tasted rather good!
I enabled the “Comments” section on this journal earlier on today…so happy to interact with you!
I took Jack out for a very long walk at Lough Key Forest park…it’s an old Anglo-Irish estate and packed with some of the most beautiful trees you will ever see!
Jack is now suitably relaxed and happy and very, very tired…come to think of it, so am I!
“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”
Rain continues to hold off and I am ready to light the stove and relax…well, it is Friday after all!
You may have noticed that I am posting more than once a day in this Journal…
“If I were to choose the sights, the sounds, the fragrances I most would want to see and hear and smell–among all the delights of the open world–on a final day on earth, I think I would choose these: the clear, ethereal song of a white-throated sparrow singing at dawn; the smell of pine trees in the heat of the noon; the lonely calling of Canada geese; the sight of a dragon-fly glinting in the sunshine; the voice of a hermit thrush far in a darkening woods at evening; and–most spiritual and moving of sights–the white cathedral of a cumulus cloud floating serenely in the blue of the sky.”
~Edwin Way Teale
My grandmother would call this “a grand, soft day!” and she’d be right, for despite the grey skies above Bealtaine Cottage this morning, it’s calm and gently warm.
Good morning to you!
I’m looking out the kitchen window towards Kilronan Mountain here…
There’s low cloud on the top of the mountain, obscuring the wind turbines.
I made this standing shelf to fit snugly over the radiator in the sitting room and add a little more interest, as well as a place to “put things”…always useful!
I used old scaffold boards and stained them with garden wood preserver. (I try my best to recycle/upcycle just about everything…Live as Lightly as possible with Mother Earth!
I was updating the Seeds For Sale here on the website and have finally added Catnip and Evening Primrose. Have a peek at Sammy-Bear under the Catnip plant…
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Afternoon… 22nd September 2016
Seeds are everywhere at Bealtaine Cottage…but here’s one I should and will add to the Seed Site…
Buddleia or Buddleja davidii, also called summer lilac, butterfly-bush, or orange eye, is a species of flowering plant in the family Scrophulariaceae, native to Sichuan and Hubei provinces in central China, and also Japan.
Butterflies adore it, as do all the pollinators…and we all know how very important they are to our well-being!
Look out for them on the Bealtaine Cottage Seed Site…to be posted on there very soon!
Today is the Autumn Equinox…
Happy Autumnal Equinox
It is marked by the celestial event as the sun passes over the equator.
I will be writing a post on this special day later on…
The day continues wonderfully bright and sunny…have a blessed afternoon everyone!
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Temperatures have dropped considerably, but it’s a fabulous morning, with sunshine and blue skies!
Cobwebs are everywhere as little spiders get to work on that last bit of food supply before hibernation.
“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
[Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]”
~ George Eliot
This is my favourite time of year…though I probably say that at the beginning of every season!
The magic of the morning never fails to show off the beauty of Mother Earth…
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
A Fig ready to pick near the veranda this morning.
Rosehips beginning to colour on the veranda…I always leave some of the Roses to continue on their journey…
Vine leaves this morning…
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
~ J K Rowling
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From Wednesday…21st September 2016
And later on…
The day was wet and grey…until, just before the sunset when it all brightened up…stunningly so!
Even Kilronan Mountain basked in the late sunshine!
You can see the colour changes here just on the other side of the kitchen window…the Ash and Birch are the first to turn gold.
Just at the top of the driveway.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
~ Albert Camus
“Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
~ Lauren DeStefano
Another book from the library in Boyle…more interesting than the previous two I read…James Lovelock has a real gift for story-telling!
This is one of a set of three from Marks and Spencer no less! It’s my bedside gardening bible!
Val, a subscriber (there has to be a better word, surely?) to Bealtaine Cottage, sent me this lovely book…it’s a little gem!
The evenings are drawing in…I notice different shadows in the kitchen where the west window catches the setting sun.
And outside the window, the changing colour of the foliage as it turns from green to autumnal earthy colours.
Wednesday 21st September 2016
When I left FaceBook I made a promise to all that I would post on here every day!
As a way of fulfilling that promise I have decided to keep a Journal.
This will cover aspects of daily life here at Bealtaine Cottage.
I have kept Journals over the years, filled with doodles and sketches, poems and details…in fact covering every aspect of life.
Into these Journals I would stick leaves and dried flowers, scraps from magazines and newspapers and even weather details.
So there is no strict formula!
I may write in this Journal several times a day…so it’s always worth a peek!
I hope you drop by and stay in touch!