Bealtaine Cottage Early Summer Album

It has been some time… “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James Just as the rosebuds are swelling, early Summer makes an appearance. It has been a long cold Winter and Spring. Euphorbia has brightened the veranda with its vivid lime […]

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Building an Ark…One Garden At ATime

As the thousand and more trees and thousands of plants of the Bealtaine Project grow taller and more dense, so it is the once barren land seems more and more as it is…an Ark for Earth, set into a monoculture landscape of Cash-Crop-Forestry and  animal grazing fields. This summer witnessed the most Bees, Butterflies, Pollinators […]

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Bee and Butterfly Garden Plants

I visited Knockvicar Organic Garden today in search of flowering plants for the new Garden…and here’s what I got…

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First Flight…

And here it is, the very first flight of the baby Bluetits! As you can see, one of the parents is feeding the nestlings. I was lucky to get this shot as the birds are so very fast! This is the first one to put it’s head out of the box. The parents will feed […]

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The Magical and The Sacred

It is a rare thing…to be lost for words. A day in Autumn that changes one perspective on life and the meaning of it all. Where shall I begin? Perhaps where I started, this morning, camera in my dressing gown pocket and mug of hot coffee in my hand, traipsing out in rubber clogs onto […]

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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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Midsummer Rising

Farewell Bealtaine! Rising on the last morning of Bealtaine and looking out the window of the lodge to be greeted by mist and sunshine. The heat of yesterday rose in a mist over the valley and mountains beyond. Rising towards Midsummer is a most magical time in the west of Ireland. Between the rain and […]

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Birds in the Nesting Box at Bealtaine Cottage…

Small birds have taken up residence in one of the many bird boxes placed around the cottage and permaculture gardens. As they spend the day darting to and fro I watch them from the window or as I walk back to the cottage from the vegetable garden. Today, I managed to film them. I think […]

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