Towards Midsummer

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

The days of Summer are upon us, bringing an abundance of flowers and insects, birds and bats, all adding to the chaotic show of colour, movement and sound.

Small trees and saplings put forth new growth bursting with colour and form…nothing is ordinary!

The cottage is shaded with climbing plants and trees, allowing the interior a beautiful coolness even on the hottest day.

Cotoneaster flowers and fruits as the bees flit from one tiny bloom to another…the birds will enjoy the fruits later in the year!

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

The fragile flowers of the Ground Elder shake their heads in the breeze, moving in a ghostly fashion in the late twilight.

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave…

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