Walk with me around the production gardens at Bealtaine Cottage on this May evening in the West of Ireland.
Potager beds and Peach trees, Polytunnel and Bees…all looking lush on this early Summer evening.
The soundtrack of birds is all around us!
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I received this beautiful pair of hand-knitted socks from Ally (a subscriber to Bealtaine Cottage), in time for the Equinox, a special Mabon gift!
Ally writes, “Your lovely words and posts have given me much pleasure over the past few months…”
Ally, the socks are simply beautiful and I shall treasure them, wearing only on special occasions…they are so finely knitted, I am in awe…Bless you!
Walking in the woodland gardens of Bealtaine this morning, I noticed that the Spindle is in fruit.
The berries are a delightful shade of pink, I love to see them!
Trees have grown better this year than ever before.
The flowers of the Fuchsia are colouring the gardens…all grown from cuttings stuck straight into the ground!
As the leaves of the Gunnera Manicata die down, there are some lovely colours and shapes developing, like here by the lower pond.
Here’s a leave with a hole…the stems are quite spikey as you can see.
Walks are growing more leafy…
A floral riot down by the gate!
Michaelmas daisies this morning on the driveway.
Woodland paths where once there was only rushy monoculture despair!
For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
Edwin Way Teale
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
After a short rain this morning, the forecast is more dry and sunny days ahead…enjoy them!
It is a rare thing…to be lost for words.
A day in Autumn that changes one perspective on life and the meaning of it all.
Where shall I begin?
Perhaps where I started, this morning, camera in my dressing gown pocket and mug of hot coffee in my hand, traipsing out in rubber clogs onto grass saturated with morning dew.
Or maybe, a little earlier, as this year began, immersed in deep sadness, as my mother made her own journey back to the Divine.
But the Wheel, as they say, turns and the beauty of the Sacred overcomes the grief of the mortal…I stepped out…
What magic lies in Nature that transforms barren into life again and again?
The gardens have emerged this year as Woodland…and my mother loved walking in the woods.
Come walk with me…
Being brought up, as a child in a terraced house without a garden, I have often wondered where my passion for Mother Earth, growing, gardening and the environment emerged from.
I’m still thinking about that!
What I wanted to share with you today encompasses an afternoon’s work here at Bealtaine Cottage.
Well, this afternoon I opened up a completely new path through the trees and shrubs planted over the years, into a beautiful world created by Mother Earth and nurtured by me through many seasons.
Today, the inner voice I share with her drew me down into the Fairy Wood, slowly cutting a path into a very special part of this land.
She has been left alone, protected by brambles and branches to create something very beautiful and exquisite.
The tree is an old ash which had been coppiced.
When a tree is coppiced, not only does one get a massive amount of wood for the stove, but the tree sends up multiple shoots, which in turn become trees, like this.
The stones around the base are now deep in moss.
Primroses and Ferns have naturalized in the woodland earth.
Lords and Ladies adorn the base of the tree in red jewels.
I just had to share this amazing little path with you.
Mother nature is just amazing and re-generative!
Ten years from rushy, monoculture field to magical, permaculture woodland!