Shape-shifting in Ireland

The stories of shape-shifting can be found in many cultures throughout the world, but none so prominently as that found in Celtic culture. Within the near area of Bealtaine Cottage can be found a wealth of ancient history many thousands of years old. The Tuatha Dé Danann, the people of the Goddess Danu, were one of […]

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Magical Spirits

It’s a wet evening. It’s a cool evening too. I’ve lit the stove and the kettle begins to sing on the top. It’s a tea and toast kind of evening. I was thinking about Fairies today as I walked through the Fairy Wood. It lies below the cottage, in a natural dell and is a […]

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Midsummer Vigil

The wall is silence, the grass is sleep, Tall trees of peace their vigil keep, And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world. ~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, […]

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Discovery in the Fairy Wood…

Yesterday afternoon and evening was spent down in the Fairy Wood, cutting back the paths and lifting the canopies on some of the bigger trees. My work was intensive and totally absorbing, as you can imagine. It wasn’t until several hours of hard labour had passed that I began to look around me… … for […]

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Welcome to Midwinter and the End of Baktun 13

The Maya calendar was based on multiple cycles of time,  and one of these cycles was called a Baktun. A Baktun is 144,000 days. This is also measured as a little more than 394 years. This is like a re-setting of the clock as the Winter Solstice approaches, for Baktun 13 ends on the 21st […]

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Willow Fedges, Arches and Fairy Woods

It’s evening here at Bealtaine Cottage. The sun is setting in the west and there’s a mild chill in the air. I have been cutting back some of the wild summer growth and the sunlight can now reach areas where there was only heavy shade. The dappled light covers the standing stone on the bank […]

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