An Bhean Feasa’s Mission ….An Exhibition

Have you ever felt compelled to do something?  Felt nudged and pushed?  Have you ever had that feeling deep down in your gut that there is something you must do?  I have for some time now and finally, that feeling has culminated in a photographic exhibition “Weeds on the Wall”. For the last number of Read More

An Bhean Feasa – Growing Medicine

The wonderful warm weather (ok, hot) weather, has really helped my garden to bloom and blossom this summer.  Last month I created a new vegetable bed using the “lasagne” method, building up a bed with layers of organic material. This is the bed newly planted on 7 June.  This is the bed below, on 10 Read More

An Bhean Feasa – The Power of the Elements

We have all heard of the four Elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Generally we give little thought to them, tending to take them for granted, even though they are part of our bodies and part of life itself.  Medieval herbalists were aware of the impact of the elements on herbs and prescribed accordingly. Read More

Springtime Simplicity

Today is La Feile Brigid – Brigid’s Day, a day that always feel special and exciting to me as it is also Imbolc, the first day of Spring.  There is a sense of anticipation in the air which is exciting because it feels like a renewal, a fresh start, a change.  I was at my horticulture Read More

Lughnasadh -When Paradise is a Garden

I explained on one of my earier blogs that I had grown up in the north east of England, in an industrial town, in a house like this one. The “garden” at the front  was paved over and I grew up yearning for plants, for the countryside and to make a connection to Nature. Now, Read More

Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy Food

Yet again it is a gloomy, windy day here in Connemara so I thought I would take  pictures of some flowers that are nevertheless, looking very bright.  I realised as I was snapping away that many of our garden flowers belong to medicinal plants as well as to plants grown for eating.  I was reminded of Read More

Mid Summer – An Abundance of Beauty

I always find June to  be quite a wet month (today is no exception) but a sunny Monday and Tuesday led into a dry Wednesday, 21st June, the high point of the Summer Solstice and we were able to enjoy a bonfire last night with some good friends who arrived unexpectedly. I was celebrating the beauty and abundance Read More

Yarrow – Magical and Medicinal

I’ve been working in the poly tunnel for the last couple of days, tidying up and emptying the beds and I have yet to wash down the plastic.  We have had this poly tunnel for six years now and some of the wood along one of the raised beds has rotted away.  I have taken Read More