Thanksgiving Blessings from Ireland

Fourteen years ago at the beginning of the Bealtaine Project, I had no contact with anyone in the US. My perception of American people was very much decided by all things Hollywood and the news broadcasts that informed me of all that was negative. It’s shocking how our view of the world lies in the […]

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Country Cottage Journal ~ A Christmas Eve Message from Bealtaine Cottage

The cottage is quiet. Outside the remains of the storm huff and puff it’s remaining fury. Inside the thick stone walls it’s Christmas Eve. There will be a full moon on Christmas night, the first one since 1977. But, this morning, the rays of the Midwinter sun illuminate the grey morning and all is quiet. […]

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Country Cottage Journal

Preparing the cottage for Yuletide and the Midwinter Feast has been underway for the past week or so. A smaller stove has been installed in the sitting room and much of the furniture in the cottage has been moved around…a great swap has taken place! The end of all this turmoil is almost in sight…I […]

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Country Living in Ireland and a Frugal Christmas…

As the days darken and midwinter approaches, I find myself spending more and more time in the craft room at Bealtaine Cottage… It’s a warm and cosy room and painting it orange makes it seem even more so…no better place to be on a winter’s day!  Melting wax on the kitchen stove to make an […]

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Country Living at Bealtaine Cottage…Soaring temperatures for November!

The weather has been so very mild over the past few days with temperatures hitting 17 centigrade…this is hotter than Valencia in Spain! The hens don’t seem to mind and working outside has been pleasant, so it’s good all round. Oregano grows almost wild here in the west of Ireland…growing up around the water bins […]

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