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Otherworldly…

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 Sunday afternoon…picking flowers in the gardens.

This feels like the full, quiet days before giving birth…

bealtainecottage.comThe force of the full moon can still be felt in the stillness of the late afternoon air.

bealtainecottage.com (2)There is an otherworldly feel to it all… Time appears to stand very still.

bealtainecottage.com (3)Bees continue in a frenzy of work on this side of the Solstice.

I have often felt a slowness as time ascends towards Midsummer…it’s as though Mother Earth is not yet ready to let go…

bealtainecottage.com (4)Evenings merge with night as daylight seems eternal in the west of Ireland…Ox-Eye Daisies reach up toward the sun, basking in summer.

bealtainecottage.com (5)Returning from Belfast and the soft hum of the city to this place of quiet solitude, this otherworldly paradise of sights and scents…

bealtainecottage.com (6)Far back from the lane, this little cottage nestles into silence, a place of tranquil tolerance, a timeless existence at midsummer.

bealtainecottage.com (7)Wood Pigeon and Cuckoo call a mantra of hypnotic sounds…a lazy Sunday afternoon…

bealtainecottage.com (8)Ground Elder, the bane of many gardeners, is allowed her magnificence here, frothy lace adorning a mantle of green. bealtainecottage.com (9)Ragged Robin dances by the wheels of an old bike.

bealtainecottage.com (10)Himalayan Musk stands sturdy by the wooden porch.

bealtainecottage.com (11)Astrantia unfolds it’s papery petals in an unending delight of pinky white and green.

bealtainecottage.com (12)Bees delight in Jacob’s Ladder as it ascends to heaven…

bealtainecottage.comAnd blue Jacob’s Ladder adorns the kitchen table in a cottage lost in time…

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Transformation Permaculture

Bealtaine Cottage PermaculturePermaculture is about creating a beautiful space that feels like paradise.

Bealtaine Cottage permacultureIt’s about taking better care of oneself and the planet.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculturePermaculture design can be applied in the city just as easily as the country.

Bealtaine Cottage permacultureReal permaculture is about taking care of ourselves in a way that is in relation to the planet.

Bealtaine Cottage permacultureThe notion of paradise is one that has been sold to us as only attainable after death.

Bealtaine Cottage permacultureStrange really…as this earth is the paradise we have been waiting for! Bealtaine Cottage permaculturePermaculture is a path towards more meaningful living, where all aspects of one’s life are connected.

Bealtaine Cottage wine makingPermaculture design is focused on skills, rather than the money to buy whatever it is one needs, or is told one has to have!

Bealtaine Cottage veranda and courtyardThe way we design and build our homes, often excludes the way in which we live our lives.

Bealtaine Cottage verandaFor example, here in Ireland we have an excess of rain, so a covered veranda makes good sense.

Hens at Bealtaine Cottage Jan 2012Of all the new houses I have seen constructed, not one has a veranda. Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Permaculture is about re-connecting…with everything that makes up our lives.

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Posted in Angels, Art, Childhood, Christmas, Cottage, Country Living, Garden, Inspiration, Music, Permaculture, Personal, Poetry, Spirituality, Thoughts, Trees, Uncategorized, Winter

A Life in the Country ~ Wildly Enthusiastic About Little Things…

…Like making a new Willow Archway…

Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house.  With a pile of
warm chocolate chip cookies.  And a book.  ~Dr. SunWolf

…or the sun shining like crazy across the frozen snow on Chritmas Eve…

I am often accused of being childish.  I prefer to interpret that as
child-like.  I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.  I tend to
exaggerate and  and embellish.  I still listen to instinctual urges.  I
play with leaves.  I skip down the street and run against the wind.  I never
water my garden without soaking myself.  It has been after such times of joy
that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work. ~Leo F.
Buscaglia, Bus 9 to Paradise

…or deciding to paint silver stars all over a wall in the cottage…

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of
the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on
the disciplined adult intelligence.  ~

…stepping over wet rocks on a sandy beach on an early summer day…

In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but
the beautiful colors of a rainbow.  ~Papiha Ghosh

…the delight of seeing water drops sparkle like jewels in the early morning sun…

O men, grown sick with toil and care,
Leave for awhile the crowded mart;
O
women, sinking with despair,
Weary of limb and faint of heart,
Forget your
years to-day and come
As children back to childhood’s house.
~

The Man with the Child in his Eyes…Kate Bush…with great pics of Kate as a child… http://youtu.be/Nodmp317h_A

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Early Summer Photos of Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland.

Just a wooden sculpture nailed onto an old fencing post hammered into the ground makes an interesting piece of garden art. I picked this up in a junk shop for a couple of euros and it’s hardwood, so will weather well. It’s no longer in a rainforest, but settling into a young Irish woodland, that may, one day, be a forest!There is something very magical about crystals, especially as they catch the light in the early morning…this is when the light is at its purest and most transparent, before the heat of the day has set in.Arches and water…still quite free in creating a permaculture paradise in Ireland. Of course, the authorities are talking about charging for water supply. I wonder if that will eventually include this water that runs freely from the spring well at Bealtaine.The early morning sun catches the leaves of the Willow and Birch, casting a magical glow over this young forest of three acres in Ireland…

Spring water flows from the well into the ponds in the Bog Garden.