Another Trip Around The Sun!

My birthday has passed. It was a wonderful day and here I am in a new year of my life, another journey around the sun! It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and, as usual, it’s been a wonderful time for casting the occasional, cursory glance over my shoulder to the past. To this end, I have recalled many aspects of my relationship with my parents, especially in my younger years, realising more and more just how wonderful they both were! When one is in the thick of it all it’s sometimes very hard to see the people behind the…

My Best Ideas…

…flit into my head as I walk the woodland sanctuary, for it is here that I feel able to simply be, unaware of even myself! I imagine this is the same for most people, for it is in this state of unawareness that the creative mind begins to flow evenly, unstoppable. It was in walking among the trees yesterday that thoughts began to emerge about writing and where it all began for me in earnest. It was of course here at Bealtaine Cottage where I found “a room of ones own,” as Virginia Woolf referred to the creative space. However…

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 the great ancient tribes of Ireland. These people who appeared to “land on top of a mountain”, Sliabh an Iarainn, a great brooding mass of sandstone rock and thin soil, visible from Bealtaine Cottage.  The ancient manuscript ‘The Annals of the Four Masters’, records that…

Thirteen and The Eternal Return

Evening descends. The cottage stands silent on the little hill. Jack, SammyBear and I head off down the cottage lane for a walk. The clock salutes the hour of ten, as night begins its descent in the west of Ireland. As we move towards Midsummer, the light holds sway. I carry words in my head as we make the descent along the little lane, planted on either side with generous intent. The words were spoken by a Native American many years ago, but are as relevant today as they were then…perhaps more so. “Wherever forests have not been mowed down,…

Alchemy…The Great Magnum Opus

There is pure Alchemy happening at Bealtaine Cottage right now. The great Magnum Opus of the year is taking place all around us.  The Alchemy of Transmutation refers to the change of one substance into another. The flowers of the Blackcurrant became food for the Bees and as they fed, so the flowers became food for humans and birds…then to become wine…from one alchemical transmutation to another. The word “transmutation,” comes from the French (12th century) transmutacion, meaning”transformation, metamorphosis”, and it’s primary source is to be found in the Late Latin transmutationem, from Latin transmutare, the verb ‎“to change”. Everything in the…

FaceBook

There comes a point when choices are forced upon one. I have considered leaving FaceBook ,as my time seems to be getting less and less for this website and indeed did not post for some time on there. However, I am endeavouring to continue with the site that is hugely popular…Bealtaine Cottage Magical Gardens. I must also remember…the integrity of the original has to be preserved. The original being Bealtaine Cottage and this website. I began writing, photographing and sharing Bealtaine Cottage back in 2006. I did so in good faith with the magazine, “Country Living,” only to have all…

Good Magical Morning!

The Stone Circle here at Bealtaine Cottage is infused with early morning light. A wild wind blows in from the West carrying energy and a sense of renewal as it blows Hawthorn flowers in front of it. The morning is defined by change and renewal. Stillness pervades the air at the back of the cottage where shelter holds sway… Nearby a new sculpture of a Hare holds pride of place in one of the Potager beds… The Celts believed in the magical strength of the Hare. The Hare belonged in essence to the Celtic goddess Eostre. It was her most…

Magical Days

Gardens in Spring are one of Nature’s great delights. Here at Bealtaine Cottage the back door remains open and the sun streams in. My grandson, Dylan sips tea, whilst nearby, Charlie sleeps on the rocking chair. It is days like these that are idyllic to recall, as the days of Spring and Summer stretch out before us. Sammy-Bear sits by the open door, enjoying the strong sunshine. Somewhere in the scheme of things, as the days lengthen and the early morning birdsong touches our souls, a deep sense of optimism pervades the humdrum of everyday life. Animals react to Spring…