The roses are in bloom on the veranda, resplendent with furniture cast-offs from friends!
Standing by the back door, surrounded by such beauty, I have a heavy heart…
I have lost my darling Che-Mousy Bear.
He has passed.
Bealtaine Cottage seems empty without him.
Last week was difficult for me, as I struggle to come to terms with the loss of my mother.
Losing Che seems to be a deeper grief…pets have a way of getting deep into the recesses of the human heart and clearing a space there.
So, as you can imagine, I feel wounded.
This much I have to say, for there is so much goodness in the world that, at times, we are blinded to it in our own despair, anger, or whatever we feel consumed by…
Upon bringing Che to the Vet to be examined and worked on and after some time of dedication from the vet and all failing…the Vet refused payment!
Can you imagine how that felt?
Such kindness and compassion in the face of chaos and despair.
Never, ever doubt that there is much goodness in this world!
Following that, my daughter made the long journey from Belfast, so that we, as a family could mourn and finally bury him, within the stone circle…where he often played.
So, this week starts anew.
It is Monday and there is much to be done.
It’s a cloudy morning, at times, with the sun making brief appearances.
The paths need mowing and branches need trimming as the new leaves weigh them down.
There is an ordinariness to life that gives us all continuum.
And in between the work and rest, a little bit of my heart remains empty.
2013 moved from Spring to summer with ease and Poppies jostled with one another for space in the beds.
Gosh…almost there…part 4 methinks!
Blessings from Bealtaine XXX
This morning was clear and beautiful.
But also, this morning, I was faced with taking Missy into the Vet…she has not been well and hasn’t eaten for three days.
Coming back home, a journey of about eight miles, I stopped several times to take photos…it is really such a beautiful day here in the west of Ireland!
The day continues fine, so the journey will not be too stressful.
I remain on an emotional tightrope and I’m not looking down!
At 5am the sky was a black velvet sack of diamonds.
The moon had set and the sky was illuminated by stars…endless stars!
The Earth continues to turn.
Awoke to frost this morning and a brilliantly clear, blue sky.
The stove had stayed lit all night, so the cottage was warm.
It’s easy to see the level of insulation in homes, looking up at roofs, as I drive to Drumshanbo on an errand.
Many of the newly built homes appear to be poorly insulated.
I took my tea outside and walked around in the sunshine…
The sheer beauty of a winter morning is stunning.
The play of winter light upon the earth is a delight to behold!
The winter stems of Spiraea colour a deep orange.
Her visit to the Vet’s on Monday has perked her up a bit…
Even though the covering of the tunnel is frozen, plants inside continue to flourish and will stay green and healthy for the winter.
Washing the plastic covering on the tunnel last month allows maximum winter light through to the plants…every little helps at this time of year!
The Lemon Balm grows well and will continue all winter, unless we have extreme weather.
Introducing Sam…one very naughty little kitten!
He had an eye infection, which is now cleared up…though he fought me every time I applied his medication!
Missy manages to climb to the top of the barn and nestle herself into the barley straw…high enough to keep a watchful eye on all!
This is one girl who takes no prisoners…just look at that expression!
A good sprinkling of lettuce seeds and within a few weeks there is more than enough to harvest for weeks to come.
Most people can manage to be self-sufficient in salad for at least half the year!
This is a potager style bed, with Lavender and Thyme nearby.
There are several varieties of lettuce here, in amongst the Nasturtium and Borage.
Sedum and Poppies continue to push their way up through the compost!
Moving compost from last year’s heap over to the new raised vegetable bed today.
A bed of abundance outside the tunnel today.
And here’s the new raised vegetable bed…coming along…
Friday at Bealtaine Cottage, featuring Missy and Flo…
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(click on the speech bubble on the video to see Flo on her own video!)
Following on from the short video on Willow and using willow in the garden as living willow fedges and structures, here’s a short video on trees… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBu_fP82VDY&list=UUHkXJ9wsrdPEpzb-KMgmt-A&index=1&feature=plcp
I’ve been listening to Sinead O’Connor this morning as I clean the cottage.
What is it about music that energizes and propels one along in whatever work they are engaged in?
It reminds me of the factories during WW2 where music was introduced as the women worked, building components for, and weapons of, war! And afterwards, the BBC introduced a programme on the radio, entitled, “Music While You Work,” aimed at women, of course!
Good grief…that’s a mental leap of thoughts from Sinead to WW2…amazing what a duster in one hand and a headscarf wrapped around the hair can evoke…
As you can see from the pic of today…spring and sunshine has a compelling effect on one’s energy and drive!
Foxgloves this morning, near the vegetable garden. There is no shortage of these beautiful, wild flowers around the land of Bealtaine.
In the tunnel earlier…Missy follows me as I work.
I received a lovely gift recently of 3 Elder trees and 3 Sycamores, so planting these will be enjoyable work to do this afternoon, no doubt, overseen by herself!
It is amazing just how much heat is captured daily in these stones edging the paths…passive solar collectors. Missy can tell you all about warm stones…just watch a cat!
The Bumble Bees are out in force, enjoying the heavily scented flowers of the Ribes. It is easy enough to plant an all year round forage for the Bees, whether they are the humble Bumble or the hard-working Honey Bee…all are welcome and catered for here at Bealtaine!