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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The Woodland Cottage

It is Lughnasadh, the last great festival of the Celtic Calendar! The year is tipping towards an end as Samhain marks the beginning of the new year… There has been much change here at Bealtaine Cottage as the canopy of trees has merged to form what is now truly a woodland. This evolution has happened […]

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Resilience of The Bealtaine Project as Drought and Heatwave Ravage Ireland

Extreme weather conditions have struck once again here in Ireland. Planting over eleven hundred trees over fourteen years has meant resilience for Bealtaine Cottage. This continual onslaught of extreme weather is fast establishing itself as the new normal! From the normally mild summers of Ireland and the UK, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have […]

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Midsummer and the Earth is Singing

The back door of the cottage lies open. Outside the birdsong carries vibrant energy over the land. On this, the longest day of the year, the Earth in the northern hemisphere basks in the glow of seemingly eternal light. The shades of green seem endless, a patchwork of effervescence with splashes of outrageous colour.   […]

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The Pivotal Point

The west of Ireland has been drying out over recent weeks, as the drought continues to make it’s presence felt in streams, rivers and, most importantly for Bealtaine Cottage, Spring Wells…mine in particular! Those attending yesterday’s workshop noted the now empty rain barrels! There is rain promised for Friday the 12th of May…the day when […]

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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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Giordano Bruno

I have been reading much of late…in particular, two books by James Lovelock, setting out the case for Gaia and the ensuing extreme weather generated by a change in our climate, among other things, some would argue!  This is not a blog about Climate Change or, even, extreme weather…enduring it is quite enough! This is about […]

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Today at Bealtaine Cottage

Rain fell last night and continues this morning. There will be no lack of water in the well for the next few weeks! I have finally given away my hens…as I no longer eat eggs and there was a lovely home ready and waiting for them where they would be more useful, as they are […]

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End of Empire and Climate Chaos

The greatest concern of our times is happening on a daily basis and affecting every one of us. Weather volatility is real and happening and the Ostriches in power appear impotent against the great forces of Nature. The gabbling media assault our senses with celebrity highs and lows, sport and highly edited titbits of what […]

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