Good Morning!

Good morning to you! Water and Juice to be drunk before I make that essential cuppa! It’s overcast and somewhat grey this morning, but a beautiful day in that it’s still, warm and the birds are singing! I spent some time yesterday in the pond, (waders on) clearing out pond-weed and cutting back on the […]

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Signs of Spring

Life is stirring. Light shines higher in the morning sky. Thickening buds cast a haze over the land. “But there were certain early days in Casterbridge- days of firmamental exhaustion which followed angry south-westerly tempests-when, if the sun shone, the air was like velvet.” ― Thomas Hardy Colours emerge and birds sing out a joyous, […]

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The Visit

Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming one of my five brothers to Bealtaine Cottage. Felim had visited very briefly once before, some years back, but this visit was different…something here, on this sacred little piece of Ireland, connected with him. The energy that thrives here and the sheer joy of the living Mother Nature […]

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A Year at Bealtaine Cottage…

Not in any particular order…pictures of the year that was… With the oven hot enough to bake a cake…my beloved Stanley Stove in the kitchen… Early morning mist sweeps up the valley… One of the Plum Trees laden with fruit… The moon rising over the gardens… Salix Contorta, or Twisted Willow, with Hag-Stones hanging from […]

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The Romance of Gardening…falling for Gaia

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Willow Fedges, Arches and Fairy Woods

It’s evening here at Bealtaine Cottage. The sun is setting in the west and there’s a mild chill in the air. I have been cutting back some of the wild summer growth and the sunlight can now reach areas where there was only heavy shade. The dappled light covers the standing stone on the bank […]

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Permaculture Water Garden at Bealtaine Cottage

One of the first wild Orchids of the year in bloom by the lower pond this afternoon. It is growing alongside wild Sorrel. The warm leaves of the Meadowsweet act as sun-loungers for visiting insects… Gigantic leaves of the Gunnera provide heaps of welcome shade on a hot day like today, for all wildlife. Heat of the […]

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