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Otherworldly…

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 Sunday afternoon…picking flowers in the gardens.

This feels like the full, quiet days before giving birth…

bealtainecottage.comThe force of the full moon can still be felt in the stillness of the late afternoon air.

bealtainecottage.com (2)There is an otherworldly feel to it all… Time appears to stand very still.

bealtainecottage.com (3)Bees continue in a frenzy of work on this side of the Solstice.

I have often felt a slowness as time ascends towards Midsummer…it’s as though Mother Earth is not yet ready to let go…

bealtainecottage.com (4)Evenings merge with night as daylight seems eternal in the west of Ireland…Ox-Eye Daisies reach up toward the sun, basking in summer.

bealtainecottage.com (5)Returning from Belfast and the soft hum of the city to this place of quiet solitude, this otherworldly paradise of sights and scents…

bealtainecottage.com (6)Far back from the lane, this little cottage nestles into silence, a place of tranquil tolerance, a timeless existence at midsummer.

bealtainecottage.com (7)Wood Pigeon and Cuckoo call a mantra of hypnotic sounds…a lazy Sunday afternoon…

bealtainecottage.com (8)Ground Elder, the bane of many gardeners, is allowed her magnificence here, frothy lace adorning a mantle of green. bealtainecottage.com (9)Ragged Robin dances by the wheels of an old bike.

bealtainecottage.com (10)Himalayan Musk stands sturdy by the wooden porch.

bealtainecottage.com (11)Astrantia unfolds it’s papery petals in an unending delight of pinky white and green.

bealtainecottage.com (12)Bees delight in Jacob’s Ladder as it ascends to heaven…

bealtainecottage.comAnd blue Jacob’s Ladder adorns the kitchen table in a cottage lost in time…

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From Belfast to Bealtaine…

www.bealtainecottage.comFrightening storms have swept southern England over recent days.

Feb 2012 Permaculture @ Bealtaine Cottage 023The extreme weather has reminded us all, once more, that we live in uncertain times, times of change.

www.bealtainecottage.com 015Change is all around us and those who have read comments on the previous blog, will know that my darling Missy has passed.

www.bealtainecottage.com 011Such is life…dealing with the frightening and the painful, but never for too long.

Autumn 2013 at Bealtaine Cottage 024Despite whatever happens in our lives, we are best equipped to deal with all that life offers us, highs and lows!

Autumn in the Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage 013Pragmatism and resilience are great gifts to nurture and practice often.

fairies 028In the wake of my grief, I headed up to Belfast with my daughter, who had made the journey down to Bealtaine, to help me put Missy to rest and then whisk me off!

cup of tea!It was just what I needed…a change of scenery…there will be time enough to mourn Missy, in little moments of quiet and reflection, later…

a real sofa bedBelfast is a wonderful city, filled with warm-hearted, resilient and humorous people.

In the Fairy Wood below Bealtaine CottageIt is a city in a forest, for I have never seen so many trees… big, colourful, graceful trees!

Blackcurrant ChutneyI will write more about Belfast…but, tonight, I am home and have lit the stove, walked Jack and fed Sammy-Bear, Che-Mousey and am ready for bed!

sunset in IrelandThe wind and rain are battering the cottage, but the kettle boils on the stove…it’s good to be home!

www.bealtainecottage.com 036Don’t forget to order your copy of the “Bealtaine Cottage Little Christmas Book.”

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Winter Solstice Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage

winter solstice 2012 at Bealtaine Cottage

Fires are lit and food prepared for this, the longest night of the year…the Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage.

Loved ones meet again to join the celebration from as far away as Canada, London, Belfast and Dublin.

Missy, the solstice catA night to gather around the fire and light the candles around the home.

Missy has found her warm spot and will not be moved…we celebrate around her!

The Solstice Feast at Bealtaine CottageAs preparations for the winter feast are under way, we join together in toasting the year and the time to come.

In Latin, solstice means sun set still. This is the still night, the silent night, the longest night of the year…

The turn of the wheelWinter Solstice is the great stillness before the turning, as the days grow longer.

yuletide tree decked with lights at Bealtaine CottageThe cottage is small, so the tree stands on the veranda outside the window.

This is the celebration of the silent night, a sacred time of rest before the awakening, and the slow build toward longer days.

solstice treeThe human race has observed the solstice for millennia.

This night is a continuation of that sacred tradition.

Inside the cottage Tomorrow we are past the dark and facing into the light.

The ascent to Spring will begin once more.

Happy Solstice Everyone!