A Home for the Jackdaws

There remains much work to be done here in the gardens over the coming days and weeks. It is essential I get on with it! I shall leave you with the rest of the photographs I took this morning as I walked around the gardens.

An Irish Cottage Garden and Homestead in Spring

The promise of peaches growing outdoors in the west of Ireland, another Bealtaine Cottage first! Blossom on these home grown trees, grown from seed, is looking good. So far, with only the first month behind us, this has been a remarkable Spring! New Bird Boxes have been added to the rich habitat, now in its fifteenth year on these three acres. The interior of the tunnel has been remodelled  to create a sanctuary in which to enjoy being in the garden, even in very wet weather! Sanctuaries are much needed in today’s world! The plastic has been washed inside and…

The Woodland Cottage

It is Lughnasadh, the last great festival of the Celtic Calendar! The year is tipping towards an end as Samhain marks the beginning of the new year… There has been much change here at Bealtaine Cottage as the canopy of trees has merged to form what is now truly a woodland. This evolution has happened at just the right moment in time as we have witnessed a terrifyingly hot summer and drought…the woodland gardens have come through the worst unscathed…no loss on anything! Beauty now lies between the stones of the great circle. I have flowers to plant here and…

Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness

Yesterday I spent much of the day in a workshop group learning all about needle felting. It was a day well spent, for I was with others and being creative. I made this… We often forget how it feels to simply be. To be oneself. To be with others. To be happy. To be quiet and still. To simply be! We have forgotten…be kind, be kinder. We are oft times unkind to ourselves. We can never fully know or understand what others are struggling with, yet we all know the value of a kind word, a caring call or a shared…

So Grateful

Mother Earth is thriving. Her abundance is nothing less than magnificent. Everywhere on this land She thrives. I have found a great many Cherry Trees She has seeded and grown over the past two years, but have remained hidden in the general mayhem of Spring and Summer, only to be discovered this year as Spring seemed to struggle and lag behind, so allowing me to see. It is simply delightful to behold. The mother tree was planted by me a mere 13 yrs ago and already she has brought forth abundance. This Field Maple is bearing fruit this year and…

A Feast of Spring

Spring forever appears the soothing music part of lyrics unspoken. It thaws the frozen fears, mends the wounded heart that Winter has broken. ~Aarno Davidson Tomorrow is the national holiday of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day. As is the norm., the weather is promised cold and a little unpredictable in terms of snow, rain and wind. Here at Bealtaine Cottage the march of Spring continues unabated. Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth As always, the mornings here are filled with promise…

Early Lughnasadh in the Gardens of Bealtaine

The last flush of Summer happens in early Lughnasadh. As I walk the gardens in late evening, the earthy taste of Autumn pervades the air. The wheel turns as endings and beginnings wind their way through the days of change. All is change… Mists form in early morning cool air as heat continues to rise from the earth. Soon the clothes of summer will be packed away, to be replaced with woollens and woven items more suited to the cooling of Lughnasadh. In the world of man the destruction and threats of destruction continues, as though in another dimension. Mother…

Midsummer and the Earth is Singing

The back door of the cottage lies open. Outside the birdsong carries vibrant energy over the land. On this, the longest day of the year, the Earth in the northern hemisphere basks in the glow of seemingly eternal light. The shades of green seem endless, a patchwork of effervescence with splashes of outrageous colour.   Ox-Eye Daisy and Feverfew compete in the borders of the Lughnasadh Garden. As fast as flowers open they turn to seed and the future summers to come.   Bees are everywhere, feasting and dancing through their very own garden of abundance and delight. The hard…

Like Noah

Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah. It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you. Rumi Another five days. Bealtaine. The beginning of Summer. This Bealtaine is the celebration of thirteen years of the Bealtaine project. A project once considered the silly dream of a ridiculous woman. Against all financial advice it was conceived and against all horticultural wisdom it was planned. Planned, planted and grown! The Bealtaine Project is now complete. This land is both resilient and regenerative…it can grow abundance without me. I am now free to observe and delight, potter and sit, all the while…