Posted in Country Living, Garden, Inspiration, Permaculture, Spring, Uncategorized

New Beginnings“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
    “Winter is dead.” 
― A.A. MilneWhen We Were Very Young 

www.bealtainecottage.comAnd so the Spring is here, truly here.

The earlier light in the morning forces me awake.

www.bealtainecottage.comI have taken to painting, cleaning, bottling wine that has sat in demijohns all winter, patiently fining and clearing in a natural way.

www.bealtainecottage.comSheds have been tidied and barns cleared.

www.bealtainecottage.comCobwebs, (and there’s lots of them here at Bealtaine Cottage…I blame it on the wood-burning stoves!), corners and book-shelves have been brushed.

www.bealtainecottage.comMats taken outside and shaken, beaten and brushed!

www.bealtainecottage.comGarden paths are now tidy and edges turned in towards the beds.

www.bealtainecottage.comPotagers mulched…gosh, I’m feeling tired just writing about it all!

All the cutting and tidying has even revealed a very old Ganesh, here at the entrance to the Fairy wood.

www.bealtainecottage.comRose arches that have slumped over the course of the winter, have been tied in and supported.

www.bealtainecottage.comEven the tunnel is tidy, as the Nectarine tree makes a show of itself!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe hammock seat has been hung once more on the veranda.

www.bealtainecottage.comAn old bench is renewed with weather protection and placed in a new spot.

www.bealtainecottage.comFennel, along with other seedlings are growing strong and sturdy.

www.bealtainecottage.comThe bottom barge on the cottage has been painted as a weather protection.

www.bealtainecottage.comEnergy continues to rise…I hear it in the early morning with the birdsong, so beautiful and alive!


Spring is the time of plans and projects.” 

― Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina

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Posted in Autumn, Country Living, Gaia, Garden, Inspiration, Leitrim, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Spirituality, Sustainable Living

Time to Reconnect with Gaia

willow arch and CheThis has been a great year for trees…amazing growth!

Willow, pollarded and coppiced has made good growth too!

Crocosmia Montbretia in the rainThe morning has been wet, but very still and autumnal.

Crocosmia Montbretia is struggling to climb out from underneath the lush leaf growth. bealtaine cottage permaculture gardensBoth Che Mousey-Bear and Sammy-Bear have walked the gardens with me, despite the rain and the wet conditions.

Strange little fellows!

The branches I chopped earlier in the summer are almost ready to be stacked in wig-wam shape to dry out.

bealtaine cottage permacultureYou can see from this photograph just how near the bedrock is to the surface of the land…I garden on very thin, poor soil on a north-facing slope!

bealtaine cottage permaculture gardensEverything is grown from seed, so has a fighting chance of making it, despite the far from perfect conditions.

jewelled cobweb at BealtaineMother Nature has worked miracles here at Bealtaine Cottage!

cobwebs at bealtaine cottageThe rain has clung to cobwebs all over the gardens…

jewelled web at bealtaine cottageOne web dangles with raindrops…

new orchard at bealtaine cottageThe new orchard is making good progress. I am keeping the ground well mulched as the trees, bushes and flowers find their feet!

bealtaine standing stone poster


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Posted in Autumn, Buddha, Childhood, Family, Inspiration, Ireland, Life, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Spirituality

A Sacred Space for the Mind

Cobwebs on Fuschia

The morning was misty, with an autumnal feel in the air…cool and damp with dew. hanging webCobwebs hung on trees and bushes, sometimes stretching for metres in the air.

misty morning at Bealtaine CottageIt felt so liberating to just amble around with tea in one hand, camera in the other and not be oppressed with heat.

The misty hill of BallyfermoyleI don’t tolerate heat too well and look forward to autumn, it being my favourite season of all. Buddha at BealtaineThe early morning sun began to evaporate the mist, bringing to mind the day ahead and all that needed to be done. 

Dew catcherI love the time in the morning before any other creature has stirred…it’s magical and charged with a wonderful energy.

secret pathI was born and grew up in a tiny two bedroom house in Omagh, shared with parents and 8 siblings, so have come to appreciate the calm, before the day begins in earnest.

Sitting room windowQuiet, early mornings, hold a sacred space for the mind.

Buddleia on the gravel driveEarly morning, as the sun rises, is an almost different world…a world apart from the mundane and expected.

A world filled with possibilities, hopes and plans.

setting sunAnd the setting sun carries away the hot day, into the embrace of another cool, welcome night.