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Process Controls Automation Engineer – Leitrim

Company: Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group, Location: Leitrim,Sligo,Donegal, Salary: Negotiable

Retail Fresh Food Manager Longford

Company: Excel Recruitment, Location: Longford,Roscommon,Leitrim, Salary: Negotiable

Senior Financial Accountant

Company: Sanderson, Location: Leitrim,Sligo,Roscommon, Salary: €50000 – 60000

Rescheduled Fixtures for Sunday September 25

Weather conditions has forced CCC Liatroma to reschedule one fixture and changes of venues for a further two.

Building an Ark…One Garden At ATime

dsc03401As the thousand and more trees and thousands of plants of the Bealtaine Project grow taller and more dense, so it is the once barren land seems more and more as it is…an Ark for Earth, set into a monoculture landscape of Cash-Crop-Forestry and  animal grazing fields.

dsc03400This summer witnessed the most Bees, Butterflies, Pollinators and Birds ever!

dsc03399The wildlife in search of home are migrating to the oasis of Bealtaine Cottage.

dsc03398They know where the food, shelter and ultimate habitat is to be found!

dsc03397So, I thought to myself, what if those with gardens, allotments, smallholdings etc., pledged to devote a percentage of what they tend or own to wildlife?

dsc03396 We are talking Arks, where wildlife can not only survive, but thrive!

dsc03395This takes the presumption that one cannot make a difference and turns it on it’s ridiculous head! dsc03394For one can make a difference!

dsc03393Two can double that little Ark for Earth…hundreds can create a huge difference and thousands…well, thousands can begin to stack the odds in favour of Mother Earth!

dsc03392Now don’t get me thinking of hundreds of thousands or even millions, for my head will almost explode with possibilities…but you see where this is going, don’t you?

dsc03391 And as for Guerrilla Gardening…oh joy!

dsc03390 What about seed bombs chucked out of the car window onto the motorway verges?

dsc03389We are creative people who care…if you’ve landed here on this website you most certainly are!

dsc03388So let’s get to it!

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And, by the way, if I’d listened to all the experts on where one can and cannot successfully plant a garden, never mind three acres, the Bealtaine Project would still be on the back-burner with little hope of ever happening!

dsc03386Oh, and the Lughnasadh Garden is being worked on little by little, with a grand opening and dedication ceremony next Bealtaine (May 1st)

dsc03385…the Ark is being extended…

dsc03372…One Garden At A Time

dsc03381and…it’s going to be mighty!

Filed under: Animals, Bees, Birds, Buddha, Earth, Gaia, Garden, Gardens Tagged: allotments, Ark for Earth, barren land, Bealtaine Project, bees, birds, butterflies, cash crop, creating a garden for Nature, food and shelter, forestry, garden, habitat, lughnasadh, monoculture, Planting trees, pollinators, survive and thrive, wildlife

Fox Monumentals IFC Semi Final Postponed

The first of the Fox Monumentals Intermediate Semi Finals, Ballinaglera v Drumkeerin, due to be played this evening at 4pm in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada has been postponed as result of torrential overnight and morning rain.

Equinox and Early Shadows

Autumn is a time of early shadows as the season of summer passes over.dsc03334 And cobwebs everywhere! And here, in the Northern Hemisphere, one can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets,as Spring is ushered in south of the Equator. dsc03306Equinox is all about balance…the balance of equal day and night, of dark and light. dsc03307I await the first light of morning with great anticipation, aware that the light grows more and more precious, to be cherished. dsc03308We are creatures of the light! dsc03309 During these colder mornings I use the electric kettle to make my early tea. dsc03310 There is something very comforting about an old tea tin…often referred to as a Tea Caddy! dsc03311We are poised at the turning time and the descent towards Samhain. dsc03312The Celts only recognised two parts of the year in terms of life, and that was Summer and Winter, for Samhain, despite falling on the 31st of October, meant “Summer’s End.” dsc03313The sun is casting long shadows…we grow evermore closer to the turning.  dsc03371In the night sky, Fomalhaut – the Autumn Star – is making its way across the heavens each night.  dsc03370The equinoxes and solstices formed an important part of ancient rituals here in Ireland. dsc03366This Autumn Equinox is also referred to as Mabon. dsc03365Mabon is a good time to look at the ancient Greek legend of Persephone and Demeter.

dsc03364“The breezes taste Of apple peel. The air is full Of smells to feel- Ripe fruit, old footballs, Burning brush, New books, erasers, Chalk, and such. The bee, his hive, Well-honeyed hum, And Mother cuts Chrysanthemums. Like plates washed clean With suds, the days Are polished with A morning haze.” –   John Updike, September

dsc03362Departing summer hath assumed An aspect tenderly illumed, The gentlest look of spring; That calls from yonder leafy shade Unfaded, yet prepared to fade, A timely carolling. –  William Wordsworth, September

dsc03369Stone monuments were built here in Ireland and aligned to witness the light on these days. dsc03368One can still view the illumination of these chambers in ancient cairns, at sunrise, on important celestial days. dsc03367It just remains for me to wish you all a Happy Equinox on this beautiful evening at Bealtaine Cottage.

Filed under: ancient, Autumn, Celts, Equinox, Gardens Tagged: Autumn Star, cairn, celebration, celestial, celts, Demeter, Equinox, Fomalhaut, Greece, Greek, Ireland, John Updike, Mabon, Persephone, september, solstice, sunrise, William Wordsworth

Cottage Journal

dsc03293Here’s just a brief note to let you all know that there is now a new page here on the website!

dsc03303Have a look at the top of the site and you’ll see listed at the very end: Cottage Journal. Click on and read the introduction.

dsc03302A daily insight, as promised to all my supporters from FaceBook missing my daily postings!

dsc03301You will find musings, news, garden updates and lots more each day!

Filed under: Cottage, Gardens, Inspiration, Ireland Tagged: cottage, daily, garden, Ireland, journal

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