There is a complex eco-system at work here, under the decaying leaves of last summer
The eco-system is a complex web linking plants, animals humans and every other life form in what we call the “biosphere.”
Many aspects of this early Spring call to mind my trip to Romania in 2002.
I spent ten weeks in that beautiful country and it was there that I made up my mind to return to Ireland and a simpler life in the country!
Romania is a stunningly, beautiful country and it’s people are wonderful.
I stayed with the Pancs family in Arad and travelled to Borsa in the north of the country as well as many towns and villages in between.
At this time of the year in the west of Ireland, I recall the advent of Spring as I drove from the far north of Romania, near the Ukraine border, down into the south and Arad, near the border with Hungary…very fond memories indeed!
Daffodils continue to open at Bealtaine…
The daffodils have bloomed all over Bealtaine this year, starting way back in January!
The very mild winter has had a positive effect on all the plants and trees here, with many coming into bloom very early indeed!
As I type this there is a plethora of birdsong outside the cottage.
This is a variety of Willow that I am unsure of in terms of name…it has red stems as you can see. Any enlightenment would be good!
Sweet, little, wild Primroses, chancing their luck by growing in the centre of the driveway! Each Spring their number increases as Bealtaine Cottage remains chemical and pollutant free!
Photinia, or Red Robin is at it’s best right now as the new leaves make a show of themselves!
And so the beginning of another week at Bealtaine Cottage…it promises dry weather and lots of tasks to be completed before the time passes on into summer…for that may be just around the corner!
Valerian coming into flower today at Bealtaine. The rain continues, almost unabated, raising the water table and pushing the water in my spring well down towards the cottage. Spent quite some time bringing water across to the tunnel to give the plants a good drenching!
Sprays of Hawthorn blossom hang in swathes around the hedgerows at the cottage. The flowers of this tree release a certain chemical which is good for the heart and it is recommended to breath deeply around these gorgeous blossoms!
As I write this I am listening to Irish Radio…talking endlessly about money, economics, making people spend money, kick-starting the economy! They just don’t get it! The wealth of a country must be measured in the health and wellbeing of its people…
Rhubarb waiting for me to turn it into jam…bumper harvests have begun again!
Apple blossom open today. the bees have feasted on the Ribes and are ready to continue the party on the fruit blossoms.
Irusan in the Fairy Dell this morning. He loves to walk the land with me each morning when he is staying at Bealtaine. Irusan is a Bombay Black Cat, whose mother was feral, living almost wild in London. he is extremely perceptive and interactive with people he chooses to like.
Growth over recent days has begun to impact on the paths that connect the permaculture zones at Bealtaine Cottage. Where monoculture fields around this smallholding are waiting for chemical fertilizer to green them, the grass and herbal pathways do the greening for themselves, for underneath lies a healthy soil that now pushes forth abundance!
Violets have emerged in the Fairy Dell…woodland abundance!