Rising to Imbolc

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

The morning in the garden is bitterly cold.

These are the days before Imbolc.


These are the photographs of Bealtaine Cottage gardens in the days before Imbolc 2015


Magical days, filled to the brim with anticipation, a sense of urgency too, as the precious days of sleep and hibernation in the gardens comes to a close.


As I walk around the gardens this morning, I become increasingly aware of short time left in which to prune and cut back, clear and prepare, the gardens for Spring and Summer.


Ah, Summer, just the thought of Summer on this cold, white morning of late Winter, comforts the bones.


The days of walking barefoot in the damp grass lie ahead of me.


The promise of a warm Summer makes the cold of the day recoil.


Imbolc heralds Spring here in the West of Ireland.

It is one of the four big Celtic celebrations…

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