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…

Goddess Harmony

“The symbol of Goddess gives us permission. She teaches us to embrace the holiness of every natural, ordinary, sensual dying moment. Patriarchy may try to negate body and flee earth with its constant heartbeat of death, but Goddess forces us back to embrace them, to take our human life in our arms and clasp it for the divine life it is – the nice, sanitary, harmonious moment as well as the painful, dark, splintered ones. If such a consciousness truly is set loose in the world, nothing will be the same. It will free us to be in a sacred…

Time to Redefine Beauty

An old perfume bottle sits atop a stone, moss growing around it, soon enveloping and covering it…such is the growth in a wet climate like Ireland! The beauty of such a small thing never ceases to amaze me! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…maybe some people see this as only waste or junk…but see what Mother Nature makes of it! Beauty abounds in Nature. It’s as though everything she touches manifests magic, transforming the mundane into the majestic. The gardens have lost their bloom, but little of their colour and the raw bareness of an early winter morning…

Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

Today I felt a tiny bit sad. Not for any reason in particular…I’m sure we all feel like this every so often. So there I was, having a good old wallow in being down, when something caught my eye, causing me to look up. It was a simple cameo…a blackbird that peered inquisitively back at me through the kitchen window. I “heard” the look. The beautiful bird brought me a message from Nature, saying, quite simply, “look!” And so I did. I looked out the window. I stepped outside and looked. There was an entire world around me that was…

The Colours of the Celts

Creativity was associated with orange, as well as sexuality and fertility. Think of the egg yolk…only a deep orange yolk is really healthy and full of goodness. Invoke this colour in areas of your home where you want to express these elements. Green is infused with beauty and fertility, but also prosperity. In Feng Shui, it is advised to paint the front door of one’s home red so as to attract prosperity, but my door is painted green and the real prosperity is quite tangible at Bealtaine Cottage. As for beauty, well, that speaks for itself, for what is not…

The Illusion of Separateness and Our Sacred Mother

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison,restricting us to… our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein The Earth, once regarded by ancient tribes as the sacred Mother,…

A Perfect Little Potager Garden.

Pumpkin flowers are open wide in the brilliant sunshine this morning at Bealtaine Cottage. The bees appear to be basking in the golden petals as they flit from one flower to another, pollinating as they go. It’s a truly beautiful morning for the sky is blue and the sun is climbing high into a Lughnasa sky over the west of Ireland. These modest little raised beds, constructed in an afternoon or so of work, a mere eight weeks ago, are giving a magnificent harvest. So far we have enjoyed tomatoes, salads, sugar snap peas, greens for the juicer and herbs….

Waiting for the Storm…

 The weather is about to break…we are expecting thunder storms! The earth is dry and the well is low. Thunderstorms and rain, lots of rain, will be very welcome indeed! It’s eight years since I laid this floor, bit by broken bit and I decided to give it a facelift of sorts, by simply colouring in the cement using some green masonry paint, sponged on and then wiped off the tiles…it has made the floor look good and the cost was zero! The garden is sheer abundance at the moment! Everything is growing and flourishing. The vegetable bed I started…

Roses on the Veranda and the Apples have set!

The roses have come out on the veranda. I made a short video to show you some of the beauty… you can click on that below. The apples have all set and are developing well. There promises to be a magnificent crop this year, so all the recipes for apple wine, chutney,butter, cider and more will be perused and debated…will I make this or that or… The Willow is now in leaf, as are most of the trees, with the Ash being the last to leaf. The scent as I walk around the gardens from the blossom on the Hawthorn…