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Sycamore tree and other musings from Prospect Cottage.

In Bees, Gardening, Herbs, sustainable living on April 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

The Sycamore tree in our back field is almost in full leaf now. In a few weeks time the bees will be delighted when this tree flowers. I remember going into the garden last year and wondering where the hum was coming from. It was the Sycamore choc a bloc with ecstatic bees! Many people regard the Sycamore as a bit of a weed as it’s seed crops up everywhere, however they are easy to pull out and pot on or assign to the compost bin. I love this tree. I love how it’s “arms” spread out to shade part of the garden from the Summer heat. The goats love to sit in it’s shade and play around it when they are feeling frisky.

I was never happy with the shape of this Willow arch since we made it 2 years ago. A few weeks ago we undid it all, pruned it and retied it into a better shape. Much happier with it now!

Flowers on the Strawberries, these are wild ones I found when exploring the old walled garden at Kilronan. Maybe they are an old variety existing there since the heyday of that now sadly disused garden.

The Variagated Lemon Balm is growing strongly again, it is one of my favourite herbal teas. The Swiss physician Paracelsus believed Lemon Balm to be “the elixir of life.” He  believed the herb could completely revive a person, this view was endorsed by the London Dispensary in 1696:” Balm, given every morning, will renew youth, strenghten the brain and relieve languishing nature.”

Celtic Cross @ Kilronan Graveyard.

In Off the beaten track. on March 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Celtic Cross at Kilronan.

Some people don’t like to visit graveyards, maybe it reminds then of their own mortality, I, however, find them interesting and full of historical information. Recently, on the way home from Kilronan Castle, I stopped by the graveyard which is about a mile from Keadue village. It is most famous as the burial place of Turlough O’Carolan the famous harpist and bard who was buried here in 1738. I could’nt find any original stone that marked O’Carolan’s grave. There is however a plaque that was inserted in the old Abbey wall sometime in the 80s. The magnificient Celtic Cross is situated on the highest point in the graveyard overlooking the lake and is the burial place of Edward King Tennison of Kilronan Castle.

Detail from Celtic Cross.

I am totally amazed by this cross and to me it is a true work of art. The Celtic patterns on it are really beautiful and it would have taken a true craftsman to carve them. There are many interpretations of the meanings of these Celtic symbols. To me the outer symbolises continuity, perhaps the continuity of reincarnation? The inner spirals are said to represent balance between inner and outer consciousness.

We really will never know the true meaning of these symbols as they are all symbols from the Druidic faith in which it was forbidden to put sacred material in writing. Each of us, whatever our belief, can look at these symbols and take some meaning from them. They are universal in their appeal.

Continuity, connectedness or the endless cycle of life and death?

Also in the graveyard is the ruin of the old 14th century church. All that remains now are the walls and this magnificient Romanesque doorway which was reused from an earlier church built on the site in late 12th or early13th century.