Bealtaine Eve in Ireland

Happy Bealtaine Eve from Bealtaine Cottage … and me. Colette shares some lovely photos and history of Beltaine/Beltane. I’m excited to plant some of the lunaria seeds that arrived from Beltaine Cottage. A hint of Ireland in Goshen …

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

The hen-house is all quiet on the Eve of Bealtaine. The hen-house is all quiet on the Eve of Bealtaine.

The rain taps on the cottage roof as the Eve of Bealtaine draws in.

All the dry, warm weather is ended abruptly with heavy, rhythmic rain.

The lushness of Bealtaine Eve here at Bealtaine Cottage is merely a prelude to Summer and all to come... The lushness of Bealtaine Eve here at Bealtaine Cottage is merely a prelude to Summer and all to come…

This Summer’s Eve will be freshened with Atlantic rain and the dry earth will release scents of green…yes, indeed, colour has a scent!

Honesty, Lunaria in full bloom this day Honesty, Lunaria in full bloom this day

Bealtaine is the oldest festival in all of Europe and was historically celebrated on the Hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath.

looking deep into the gardens of Bealtaine looking deep into the gardens of Bealtaine

This ancient ceremonial hill was, and remains, a sacred place and one of the most significant places of ancient ritual in all of Ireland.

Apple blossom on Bealtaine Eve at Bealtaine Cottage Apple blossom on Bealtaine Eve at Bealtaine Cottage

This was the home of the…

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  2. Posted by Kieron on May 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Lovely! Collette makes it look so easy in these pictures, but I’m sure it’s a lot of hard work. Happy May Day to the real workers and laborers and keepers of the hearth-fires, the ones who make it all happen.

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  3. Happy May Day! Indeed, I believe Colette spends most of her time tending Bealtaine — harvesting, coppicing, planting, preserving …

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