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. […]

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Benediction

I arise today Through the strength of heaven: Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendour of fire. Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.  ~Saint Patrick  Waking up this morning, I smile, Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each […]

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Under A Full Moon in the Magical Gardens

I made this video this evening so you can enjoy a walk through the gardens and see what’s growing and coming to blossom.   Happy to be appreciated!

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The Magical and The Sacred

It is a rare thing…to be lost for words. A day in Autumn that changes one perspective on life and the meaning of it all. Where shall I begin? Perhaps where I started, this morning, camera in my dressing gown pocket and mug of hot coffee in my hand, traipsing out in rubber clogs onto […]

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Midsummer Rising

Farewell Bealtaine! Rising on the last morning of Bealtaine and looking out the window of the lodge to be greeted by mist and sunshine. The heat of yesterday rose in a mist over the valley and mountains beyond. Rising towards Midsummer is a most magical time in the west of Ireland. Between the rain and […]

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The Girdle of Green

An old castle on an island in the forest, not far from Bealtaine Cottage, and where I walked today with my daughter, Cara, whose birthday we celebrated, with a walk through this magical landscape on a glorious autumn day. This is Lough Key and the castle once belonged to the MacDermott clan who lived here […]

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Merry Tidings from Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

The Christmas Eve moon rises over Bealtaine Cottage. The air is still and warm, yet the clouds rush by in the upper sky. The Blackbird calls a final song on this eve. The cottage lies snug and warm. All is well, all is as it should be. Dogs are walked and cats sleep in the […]

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The Magical Festival of Lughnasa…

The land approaches Lughnasa, (Lughnasadh), August and the beginning of Autumn. Looking at the apples today on the trees at Bealtaine Cottage, it is easy to see how this is. Harvests continue to be gathered and develop, ripening to plumpness and fullness. Tomatoes, like the ones above, grown outdoors in areas of micro-climate warmth and […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Recipes, Fairies and The Ways of Old

The storm continues to rage. Walking Jack this morning, I was pulled down the road by an over-enthusiastic dog and blown back home by the gale force wind. It was brilliant and energizing and really uplifting! A Lovely, Tasty, Hot Recipe for a Cold Autumn Day… Vegan Chilli 4 cloves of garlic  (finely chopped) (1 onion […]

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