Much of the day has been spent in the garden, working, head down, cutting back and meditating as I chop and drop. It’s been a long day and tiredness has forced me indoors. This is the first day of a seven day Juice Fast and, as always, my energy levels are high. Working hard enables me to sleep deeply and restoratively.
There is something incredibly magical about working in the garden during Autumn. It is the scents arising from the earth that trigger memories and feelings. Then the hot tea, so well earned after hours of work.
There is also the light that seeps into the trees and plants during Autumn. I stood outside last night and watched the full moon shine like a bright lamp onto the trees. This was a Mabon Moon, special, magical, conjuring otherworldliness among the woods that now surround the cottage.
And the colours…oh, the colours!
The Stone Circle seemed a fitting place to sit and drink my tea…there is an enchantment within…
Indoors there are some of the most magical photographs I have ever seen, framed and ready to hang on the walls. I am pondering the best way to exhibit them. This is all the work of Beth Trepper. I made a video of her work at the Clifden Arts Festival…you may have seen it on the Bealtaine Cottage YouTube channel…
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With great longing for home and sadness of leaving, I made the journey back from Connemara today.
As I passed Kylemore Abbey, the clouds began a hasty descent, down over the mountains of the pass…
I longed for home, but was mesmerized by the play of light and mist that is a magical part of the landscape of the West of Ireland.
A landscape that haunts one forever…
Their cottage is surrounded by the most ethereal play of light, being near the shoreline and surrounded by mountains.
I first met Terri and Lol when they visited Bealtaine Cottage to learn more about Permaculture and quickly bonded in a deep friendship.
I meet so many wonderful people here at Bealtaine and am often invited to visit with them, though rarely take the time to do so…
I’m glad I made this journey into the hauntingly beautiful land of Connemara…the images will inspire dreams for many nights ahead in Winter.
The past three days in Connemara have inspired me in many ways.
I met some fine people and talked about wine making and permaculture.
Connaught, the province of Ireland where Connemara lies, has, historically, been associated with immense poverty and harsh living conditions, though its beauty has kept it populated, albeit sparsely in parts.
Many Irish have emigrated from here, down through the centuries, especially so during the Great Famine.
Yesterday morning, I walked in the gardens as the sun rose, and watched the mist slowly lift from the fields, that run down to the shoreline.
Terri and Lol have planted lots of Willow, as a wind break and are developing a sustainable smallholding around their cottage.
Living this close to the mighty Atlantic Ocean, the land is swept by salt-winds and gales, that roar in over thousands of miles of turbulent sea, making landfall, with all the power and destruction only those winds can carry.
The soil is scraped off rock and carried on the winds, to fill crevice and glen.
Even the cows have learned to forage and climb like mountain goats in search of food!
This beautiful creature stood atop the rocks watching the sun rise, as I walked in my dressing gown around the cottage gardens.
In the distance, my little camera picked out the walls of ancient cottages, abandoned to the elements of sea, rain, wind and sun, casting imaginary sounds of past lives upon the mist that lifted heavenwards, in the warm morning air.
As I drove towards home, leaving this magically, evocative landscape behind me, the sheer beauty of Connemara urged me to stop… and take one last image to share with you…
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