Old Year’s Night…Celtic Samhain

Between two worlds, that of Summer and of Winter, rests Samhain.  Samhain, (pronounced “Sow-when”) is the most important time in the Ancient Irish (and Celtic) Calendar. The time of Samhain starts at dusk, when the light and dark are in balance. This was never regarded as a time of death, but a time of incubation […]

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A Time of Hope

Imbolc is the day that we celebrate the passing of Winter and the return of Spring. Imbolc marks the seasonal change, where the first signs of Spring and the return of the sun are noted. A festival of light, to celebrate the return of the sun, now gaining power in its’ ascent from its’ low […]

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The Great Creatrix

The photographer from Irish Country Magazine has just left…the magazine photo-shoot is over! You can read all about Bealtaine Cottage in the Dec/Jan edition, which will be on the shelves at the end of November! As we walked around the gardens, the conversation turned to the story of how Bealtaine emerged from rushy fields and […]

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The Month of Lughnasa

Lughnasa heralds the beginning of Autumn in the Celtic calendar. Leaves have already begun to drop, with the gentle Birch tree being the first to shed. There is so much fertility in this annual drop…Bealtaine now boasts reasonable soil, compared to ten years ago! The change is equally gentle this year, as the summer gradually […]

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Celebrating Lughnasa

Lughnasa (earlier, Lughnasadh) was the feast of Lugh.  A harvest festival, its celebration marked the end of the period of summer growth and the beginning of the autumn harvest. Its original name does not survive in popular tradition, that being now the common word in Irish (Lúnasa) for the month of August.  The festival is rather […]

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Transition into Autumn, as Lughnasa moves towards Samhain.

I grow over fifty different herbs here at Bealtaine Cottage. All are grown organically, in keeping with everything I do here. Lavender grows in profusion in the tunnel and dry areas of the gardens. Wild Mint grows in the Bog Garden. Oregano grows wild in the gravel driveway…one reason among thousands why NOT to tarmac! […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Autumn Apples and Gelder Rose

The Celtic Calendar denotes this month of August to be the first month of Autumn. Looking at the sideboard in the kitchen this afternoon it is easy to believe. Here are some of the Painted Mountain Corn grown here at Bealtaine this summer…it is a Native American corn and definitely NOT GM! Spent time down […]

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