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The Promise of Mist

www.bealtainecottage.com 001The evening falls a little faster, the light fades in the west and the cottage warms up to greet the night.

www.bealtainecottage.com 011Missy has been reluctant to go outside today, as the rain fell steadily all afternoon.

The warm air ensures a light mist will rise from the valley tonight.

If the morning is clear, the mist will rise up through the valley and embrace the mountains of Arigna.

www.bealtainecottage.com 021Rose-hips are flopping out from hedgerows…is this the sign of a cold winter to come?

We shall see!

www.bealtainecottage.com 048Tea, lovely hot and comforting, the cup that cheers…thank you Jane for the beautiful mugs you made for me in your Bandon Pottery.

Crocosmia Montbretia in the rainThe flowers of the Crocosmia are in their final stages of bloom.

The vibrancy of this orange flower was brought to Ireland from South Africa over 100 years ago and have become naturalised here in the west of the country, where the Gulf stream makes the climate that little bit softer!

Che Mousey Bear relaxes on the benchThe days of sitting on the bench are not yet over, for the seasons here in the magical west of Ireland, never played by the rules.

www.bealtainecottage.comHere, Mother Nature goes her wilful, wild way, delighting in surprises that open into warm January days and balmy February afternoons in sheltered places like the south side of Bealtaine Cottage, set here in its own little micro-climate.

www.bealtainecottage.com 002Tiny pumpkins decorate the sitting room, reflecting the season of fruitfulness.

www.bealtainecottage.com 003The light play of Autumn continues…

www.bealtainecottage.com 025Bunches of drying herbs, cast shadows on the wall, as the season begins its final lunar cycle.

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Posted in Animals, Bealtaine Cottage, Garden, Gardens, Inspiration, Leitrim, Lifestyle, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Thoughts, Uncategorized

As the Sun Sets on Bealtaine

sunset at bealtaine CottageThe Open Permaculture Gardens Weekend has been a great success.

Open weekendVisitors have come and walked the gardens, shared the spirit of this little home and talked with others, gathered around the ancient and rather rickety table in this small kitchen.

bealtaine cottage sunsetPeople, from all walks of life, have shown tremendous generosity, in donating to the Leitrim Animal Welfare Sanctuary.

sunset at bealtaine cottageThere is a fantastic 200 Euros to bring to the Sanctuary on Tuesday!

open weekend bunting by the gateDespite the wet weather, great spirited followers of this blog travelled from all over Ireland, to spend time together in the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage.

open weekend sunsetMany expressed deep emotion to be here, in what has evolved as a sanctuary for Mother Nature.

front door of bealtaine cottageAfter hours of walking the gardens and sharing stories, tea, cake and soup, visitors left  with plants, books, cuttings and ideas, filled with a determination to create their own Eden!

bealtaine cottage pondThank you to Jane Forrester, of Bandon Pottery, who travelled the 10 hour round trip from West Cork,

Sean and Roisin Mc Cluskey from Donegal,

Paddy kelly,

Isabel Huroczlie,

Claudia Kohler,

Paul Browne,

Patricia Wallace from Dunboyne

Joe Morrissey from Dunboyne

Sandra MacLiammon from Cavan

John Murray from Navan

John McAdam from Slane

Peter and Caroline

Nathan and Janet

Iris Weber

Dermot Henry

Sinead Jackson

Una Parsons and Gerry Hunt

sunset at bealtaineWhat a wonderful, wonderful gathering of people under the eaves of Bealtaine Cottage!

celtic cross in the sunsetYour wonderful energy resonates here this evening…thank you one and all!

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Generous Sponsors and Crazy Floors…

Missy and Jack at Bealtaine Cottage

You may have noticed the difference on the blog…lots more photographs, new format and better quality images.

barn at bealtaine cottageI would like to thank some of the sponsors, who have so generously enabled me to pay for all of this…Tracy at Goldkisses Art, Bandon Pottery Ireland,  Suzanne Taylor,  Sharleen Adams, Daniel Raphael, Joanne Louise…and all the rest, Thank You! Your generosity has enabled the work of Bealtaine Cottage…thank you so very much!

My photo allowance with WordPress had reached it’s limit and I was deleting blogs and pictures to facilitate uploading more!

I have now bought the domain of  bealtainecottage.com and purchased more storage space for photos.

The future of this blog is secure for the year ahead. Mosaic tiling kitchen floor at Bealtaine Cottage
So, back to work!

Over recent days I have been hard at it, tiling the kitchen floor…not with any old tiles! No! Broken, unwanted bits of rubbish that was on it’s way to the dump…only to be recycled on my sad old kitchen floor!

Recycled kitchen floor at Bealtaine CottageThe bags of rubbish included some rather nice tile strips and chunks…ideal for star-bursts and spirals…

crazy tiling at Bealtaine CottageIt can be fun trying to be creative with rubbish…and that is the challenge!

laying a mosaic floor at Bealtaine CottageFrom the sitting room side, the floor looks quite acceptable.

cottage on a slate and painted stones at Bealtaine CottageIt has rained all night.

My little cottage-on-a-slate is dripping, as are the painted stones.

clouds on Kilronan mountain from Bealtaine Cottage gardensThe clouds hang over the mountain and the streams gush from the hill behind the cottage.

old milk churn at Bealtaine CottageA friend who lives nearby gave me this lovely old milk churn with no bottom in it…painted Emerald Green with a rust-proof paint.

Pieris, Forest Flame at Bealtaine CottageAnother friend brought me this lovely Pieris to sit inside the churn, in it’s own bed of acid soil from the bog.

permaculture gardens of Bealtaine CottageOutside, the sound of gushing water dominates the morning air…