1st May

'Tis the merry merry month of May!

May Blossom

Beltane is the Gaelic name for the month of May - a word that comes from the Celtic 'bright fire'. 
It's always been thought of as the first day of spring - but actually its really the first day of summer,  Beltane marks the start of the summer as it is half way between the spring equinox and the mid-summer solstice. Oh well. In the past it marked the day when cattle and sheep were driven out to summer pasture - so huzzah maybe we can turn the horses out to grass at last! Not that there is much grass. No rain to help it grow, which will mean no hay for next winter :-(

There has always been tradition of lighting bonfires, dancing round Maypoles, well having a darn good bunfight really. We did that on Friday as part of the Royal Wedding Celebration - so its all part of the same rejoicing and feeling of 'Yay Get up and Go' - bit of sunshne and blue sky and an excuse to have party does you a world of good eh?

Brightest Blessings for Beltane!


  1. Yes, Helen the hedges in the field behind our house and across the valley look fantastic with their May blossom. We have a wonderful aspect here with views down the valley from our landing window and across to the main village from the rear. Bathford is tucked under the hill with a huge sprawl of multi-green wood above. A great place to watch the changes throughout the year.

  2. Beltane has dawned grey and cold in Northeastern Ohio. The forecast is for dismal, sod-soaking rain all day today!

    Brightest Blessings to you and yours Helen!!

  3. Beltane, a lovely word. Down here the weather is unusually overcast with the odd rain shower. We do not do rain this time of the year, normally!
    Enjoy your lovely Beltane!


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