Bealtaine thoughts.

30 Apr

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It seems appropriate that the rain arrived today on Bealtaine Eve. April was blissful with mild sunny weather almost all the way. However all the dry weather meant that the land was verging on dryness.  Fruit trees are laden with blossom…so nice to see.  The fresh new green lifts one’s heart. Green is after all the colour of the heart chakra.

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In days gone by Bealtaine was a time of hard work for country people. Turf had to be cut, crops planted and animals turned out to pasture. Fires were lit on hilltops in celebration and also as a protection ritual for people and animals.  People had a strong belief in evil spirits  and fairies coming to do mischief. A  Gorse bush would be placed above the door of the dwelling house for protection. Like Samhain this is the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest.                                                                                                                                                   I must admit I did feel joy when the rain came today. Andy and I had just spent the morning planting out shrubs and perennial flowers and rain was just the ticket to water them in and get them off to a good start. No amount of watering is equal to a nice soft shower of Irish rain.

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So for now it only remains for me to wish a happy, fruitful Bealtaine and beyond to all who visit here.  Get out into Nature if you can and absorb the vibrancy of it. The energy is tangible and invigorating. Everything smells so fresh and new. Birds are singing and Bees are buzzing. Joy oh joy!  Happy Bealtaine and beyond to all who visit here.

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18 Responses to “Bealtaine thoughts.”

  1. Mizz Winkens April 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Bring on Bealtaine! 🙂

  2. cathsveggies1 April 30, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Lovely post,Bridget. Yes ….it gives the heart a lift to see all the greenery and gardens in bloom. Happy Bealtaine!

  3. cindyricksgers April 30, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    I’m so happy for Spring this year! You, too, from the sounds of it! Great photos, Bridget, thank you!

  4. PlantPostings May 1, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    Happy Bealtaine! My garden looks like yours right now because we are having lots of rain and the temps are mild but not too warm. Everything is greening up, and soon the trees will be blooming and leafing out. Cheers!

    • miriam May 1, 2014 at 8:06 am #

      Happy Bealtaine to you too Bridget 🙂 This year I took the plunge and have just put 7 raised beds into my small back garden… It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years… I sowed my seeds and now they’re growing and I’m looking forward to planting them out when the weather heats up a bit… Your blog has been an inspiration to me to take part in growing and I’m enjoying seeing life sprouting all around me 🙂 Keep up your great blog and thanks for sharing.

      • bridget May 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

        Thanks Miriam! Well done on getting your beds done and planting your seeds. May you have an abundance of produce to reward you.

    • bridget May 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

      and it’s like the first time we’ve ever experienced it every year.

  5. Anny May 1, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    It was wet here too today, so I’ll be going out to plant some red geraniums this afternoon – the nearest thing to hot in our garden today. Happy Beltane

    • bridget May 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      Wet here too but quite warm so one can almost sit and watch everything growing. Love geraniums!

  6. puppiesinparadise May 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Happy Beltane to you as well! We had the promise of rain the last two days but unfortunately it just flew over us. My rain barrels are dry. Hubby cut our grass for the first time this season. We were shocked that it needed it this early in the season. We are cutting it a month early. We have had such an unusually warm April. We have just enjoyed the unusually warm weather while it last. The temperature has dropped the last two days but it is still sunny. Enjoy the rain and send a little my way LOL. Your garden looks beautiful.
    Honey

    • bridget May 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

      Andy cut our grass today for the third time this year. Rained a lot today so our barrels are full. Hope yours are filled soon.

  7. KerryCan May 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Bealtaine isn’t something we celebrate here but I wish we did–it seems sensible to have a holiday for spring, even if it entailed some pesky spirits.

  8. Anne Wilson May 1, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Summer is on it’s way, the bluebells are out, I just love the perfume of them. Happy Bealtaine.

    • bridget May 2, 2014 at 7:23 am #

      Apparently the Bluebells are out in Derreen Woods, outside Knockvicar, a beautiful sight to behold.

  9. greensideupveg May 3, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Your garden is looking so lush and green Bridget! This is such a special time of year, my favourite I think. Enjoy!

    • bridget May 3, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      My fave too. A busy time but so enjoyable.

  10. Mominthegarden May 9, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    I so agree that it is invigorating to get outside into the garden! 🙂

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