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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.

At Terra Nova.

15 Sep

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Our builder finished on Friday…yippee! To celebrate we decided to have a day out on Saturday. Nine thirty saw us heading off to Kilmallock in Co. Limerick to visit Terra Nova…the wonderful garden designed and created by husband and wife team Deborah and Martin Begley. We were in the local village of Bruff by one o’clock where we dined at The Old Bake House Restaurant. Then a short drive to check out the town of Kilmallock. By two o’clock we were at our real destination just as the gates opened. We were’nt the only ones…

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This really is a magical garden. It is only half an acre but due the way the garden is divided into several small gardens it appears so much bigger.

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Even the small front garden is sub-divided into two smaller gardens. Each sub-division is totally different but the whole thing flows like a dream.

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Every space is filled…even the gable end is furnished with lusciouscly filled pots of beautifully healthy looking plants.

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Love this little pond which is totally covered in by trees and shrubs which creates the beautiful  dappled shade. Until you enter that little area there is no hint of what lies there. Love this!

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The other gable end is also filled with potted plants. A little gift shop is nearby plus complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.

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We are now in the back garden at the Thai Tea House. So lovely to just sit here and sign the visitors book. A very serene spot…surrounded by plants with the sound of trickling water nearby.

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Looking out to the garden from the tea house. Could sit here for some time but so much more to see…

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Another gorgeous water feature…leading on to

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beautiful Birches.

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This meditating Sprite sits quietly among the plants…

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whilst another plays a flute by the pond in the woodland garden.

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A lovely sample of Martin’s  stained glass work in the Fairy House.

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There’s so many more pictures I could show and so much more I could say about the amazing work of art this garden is but I will leave it there. If you ever get the chance go for a visit…it  will be worth it. I think it’s our fave garden…ever. Closed now for 2013 put it in your diary for next year. We intend to go back to see the garden in it’s full Summer splendour in 2014.

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