A Home for the Jackdaws

There remains much work to be done here in the gardens over the coming days and weeks. It is essential I get on with it! I shall leave you with the rest of the photographs I took this morning as I walked around the gardens.

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Days of Hibernation

Snow fell today. As I stood by the front of the cottage, the mountain of Sliabh an Iarainn appeared to suddenly rise up in a shroud of white. More often than not it merges into the sky in shades of grey and sometimes blue, but today it stood out proud, gleaming white. This mighty mountain, […]

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The Midwinter Archives

Midwinter, past and present…all here for you to see! Feeling a touch nostalgic, I decided to share some of the magic of Midwinter with you from previous years. The silvery light of a midwinter sun captures a sense of magic indoors. We are all deeply affected by light and respond in varying ways to it, […]

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April Snow, Bees and Butterflies

April weather is always unpredictable. Snow fell this morning…in between rain and brilliant sunshine! It was like a convergence of all the seasons in one morning! This time last year we were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean down by Mullaghmore Pier. Legs and arms, uncovered for the first time in months, looked a sickly white […]

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An Angel in the Snow

The wind howled all night as it carried snow in from the Atlantic Ocean. The moon drifted downwards as the sun rose. Somewhere in-between I got up and lit the stove, walked the dogs and returned to settle into a hunker-down day in the cottage. As I write, the dogs are in their baskets and […]

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Midwinter Cottage and Solstice Celebrations

The Plants of Christmas The plants traditionally associated with Christmas were  Holly,Mistletoe, Ivy  and Common Yew. These trees and plants have had special roles in earlier religions and past cultures. The Celts in Ireland  had midwinter festivals to celebrate the return of the sun from the shortest day. In the 4th and 5th centuries, 25 December was gradually […]

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First Snow in the West of Ireland

Dawn breaks in the east and illuminates the snow that has fallen overnight. Last night was very cold indeed, so it’s no surpise to awaken to such a winter landscape. As I write this at 11am, the snow has begun to fall silently once more, surprising the onlooker at the sudden transformation. Somewhere, deep within […]

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Cat Hotels and Halloween Weather…Notes from a Permaculture Cottage!

Cats will always find a home. The cleverest cats manage to find hotels. Cat hotels. The best food, drink and accomodation, free of charge with limitless facilities! And so it is that Missy the ginger cat has come to stay at Bealtaine Cottage… Missy is the daughter of a feral cat. Her mother was killed on […]

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