Christmas Eve in the West of Ireland

There was  a full moon on the Winter Solstice, an unusual event and not occurring in my lifetime again, so, very special to me. As my ancestors before me, I celebrate the Solstice, marking the longest night of the year and with the promise of all that lies ahead… The ritual of fire and feast, music and drink, gathering of family and friends are all important aspects of the Winter Solstice. The youngest member of my little tribe was here, forming a focal point for us all as we gathered to celebrate. She is displaying a love for the natural…

The Walls are Alive, The Cottage Breathes…

Morning at Bealtaine, infused with tasks and rituals as the hands on the clock move towards midday on this last Thursday of September. There was a full moon last night. This was the true Mabon or Equinox moon, casting light through the trees that surround the cottage, illuminating the landscape, lighting the way. The air remains still and warm, much the same as when I walked through the woodland gardens at twilight last night, making a video as I went. The cottage is immersed in quiet contemplation as I write…yes, these walls are alive and incubate the vibrations of life…

Lunar Eclipse in Pisces Full Moon

I walked out tonight into the bright light of the full moon. We have, over the past few days, experienced a wonderful full moon and lunar eclipse. During this time we have been getting connected with our intuitive energies. Our ability to connect the head with the heart. Pisces is a very emotional and intuitive sign. We need to get ready for some big shifts in our lives. Processing painful memories can be very fruitful now. This is a positive time for people in general. It’s a good time to deal with issues and have an emotional clear out. The Lunar Eclipse…

Scorpio Moon

  This month marks the tenth anniversary of Bealtaine Cottage. Today, the 14th of May 2014, is the full moon of Bealtaine. This marks the actual Bealtaine celebration, as many of you know. The full moon is in Scorpio, my star sign. All I can say is that I am exhausted and feeling like I have reached rock bottom. According to what I have read on many of the Astrology sites, this is to be expected! Apparently, all the ups and downs I have been experiencing are almost at an end. Even as I write this, my photographs are refusing…

Approaching Equinox

Mist and frost in the early mornings are a feature of March and the approaching Equinox. Buds have opened on the Ribes to reveal scented pink flowers that serve as an early breakfast for Bees making their way out of hibernation and in desperate search of a nectar shot or two! Work has been ratcheted up a few notches, as the rain has ceased and everything, including the woodwork, has begun to dry out…time to paint fences and sheds with preservative! This is the new blue fence, courtesy of three rather rusted looking tins of blue wood preservative I have…

Permaculture Gardens

The growing season has begun, with Rhubarb sending forth strong pink stems despite the storms of recent weeks. Meanwhile, down in the Fairy Wood, ferns have kept their green in the shelter of the dell. Mosses grow bright in the sunlight and ivy twists and twirls around the Goat Willow. Lots of Goat Willow has been coppiced over recent months, and although it takes a year or so to season, it makes excellent logs for the stove, giving out masses of heat for free! Further down the gardens, Pine, laurel and Great Western Cedar all grow happily together and appear…

Don’t Wait For The Cavalry!

Sammy-Bear is filthy. From head to paw, disgusting in the extreme! Last night, as the moon came towards its fullest, Sammy refused to come in. As I walked Jack in the full light of a post storm moon, I could see Sammy on the hill behind the cottage darting here and there as he chased something. Hours later he slunk home in this disgraceful state! He refuses to clean himself, ignoring my chastisements and sits in full state, on the executive chair, in front of the stove! I may as well talk to the wall! There is a full moon…

An Evening with Mr D’Arcy

Snow is falling this evening. It has fallen in small flurries all day, only to melt and try again. This evening the snow is sticking. A near full moon rose in the afternoon sky. Spring has scurried back under a blanket of white. The oven is very hot as the stove has been kept topped up with wood, so I have slid a tray of vegetables onto the top shelf to roast…always a healthy, tasty meal. What remains will be blended into a soup, with stock and red lentils…tomorrows lunch! I visited the library in town today and borrowed  books…