Yule and the Turning of the Wheel

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Origins of Yule The great Festival of Yule, beginning at the time of the Winter Solstice and lasting for a full twelve days, summed up the cycle of the Celtic year. The word Yule, according to the Venerable Bede, came from the Norse word Iul meaning ‘wheel’ and suggested that this was the time when […]

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The Celtic Roots of Samhain

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The bright red of the Ruby Chard will add colour to the Samhain feast! In Celtic Ireland, Samhain marked  the division of the year between the light (summer) and the dark (winter). For me, the customs of my ancestors are important to acknowledge and continue. This time of tuning into the seasonal shift and preparing […]

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Carbon Taxes Won’t Save Us!

Today, I was feeling just a teensy bit down. It’s a rare experience for me. Life is so full on here at Bealtaine, that positivity fills the day, running from one task to the next and looking forward to a brief sit down and a cup of tea. But today, something caught up with me…a […]

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Bealtaine Cottage and Permaculture Gardens Photo Album 2012…February!

Looking back at the year…February photographs February was mild and the Daffodils in the gardens of Bealtaine came up without damage Ribes bushes throughout the gardens filled the air with a heady scent, enticing the Bees out from hibernation. Mizuna flourished in the tunnel, providing a green salad for the table throughout the winter months. […]

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Magical Midwinter at the Cottage

Freezing fog surrounds Bealtaine Cottage. Despite the cold, part of the day has been spent outdoors, tree-planting and dog walking. Missy decided to remain indoors. She has gotten rather snuffly again as she struggles with her condition. She craves the warmth and sleeps a lot, bless her! Once outside, adjusted to the cold with lots […]

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The Autumn Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage

One of the many apple trees at Bealtaine Cottage, laden with fruit on this glorious September day. As the nights draw in and the apple harvest swells, we realise Samhain is near. Autumn is making it’s progress through the beautiful Arigna Mountains and the valley where Keadue nestles near the Castle of Kilronan…a place swathed […]

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Lughnasa and the Solstice…Ancient Time

At certain times today, as I was working outside, I had a distinct sense of Autumn. The way the sun shone on a plant, the smell from the earth around my feet…it was quite tangible. The growing cycle in the west of Ireland adheres very much to the old Celtic calendar. It is easy to […]

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A Dog’s Life

I lit the fire in the bedroom yesterday evening as there was a chill on the night air. This is a deceptive time of year, when the evenings can end up being much colder than during the winter! It wasn’t long before Jack snook in and laid his head against the bed in a pleading […]

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