Another Trip Around The Sun!

My birthday has passed. It was a wonderful day and here I am in a new year of my life, another journey around the sun! It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and, as usual, it’s been a wonderful time for casting the occasional, cursory glance over my shoulder to the past. To this end, […]

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Times of Insanity…Seeking Reality

I rarely dip into the outside world in terms of mainstream media, for it unnerves me! I keep myself occupied in the world as I know it…the one where I weave wreathes from Willow and Dogwood… The one where cruelty and chaos are not allowed entry! You’ll understand my terror, for that’s why you’re here…to […]

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Wild Atlantic Way

A visit to the wild Atlantic Ocean marks the day that’s in it! The turning of another year for me, so close to the Celtic New Year, I can almost taste the wood-smoke in the air from Samhain bonfires. The ocean is strong and volatile today, churning and heaving life, as it crashes on the […]

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Today

The day starts in the dark…making late October mornings seem magical and filled with hope. Walking in the gardens to empty the ashes, open the hen house and collect kindling as the sun rises on this, my birthday. And later, a gift arrives from someone I used to share much of my life with…my ex-husband […]

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Blessed Birth Day

On a sunny October morning, many years ago, my mother decided it was time to ascend the narrow staircase to the bedroom she shared with my father and lie down on the horsehair mattress to ready herself for my birth. I have always been impatient and began my life as I continued it, not waiting […]

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The Girdle of Green

An old castle on an island in the forest, not far from Bealtaine Cottage, and where I walked today with my daughter, Cara, whose birthday we celebrated, with a walk through this magical landscape on a glorious autumn day. This is Lough Key and the castle once belonged to the MacDermott clan who lived here […]

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Living Lightly upon the Earth

So much has changed since my birthday last year. Re-painting the cottage has made a big difference to the light inside and the way in which the walls now reflect the outside in. I made new curtains from simple gingham. There is now a green floor in the kitchen with gold spirals all across it. […]

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The Rain-Sodden Lushness of Midsummer in Ireland

Harvests are looking good despite the lack of sunshine. Today, Sunday, is overcast and still. If the weather is fine tomorrow I shall begin to harvest the Blackcurrants. It looks to be a mighty harvest…certainly in excess of last year, when over 100lbs were picked…and the birds had their feast along the way! Redcurrants are […]

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