Thursday, April 28, 2016

Beannachtaí Na Bealtaine Oraibh Go Léir!

photo by Croven
"Càit' as tràith' an tig samhradh caomh
Càit' as tràith' an tig blàth air craoibh
Càit' as bòidhche an seinn an smeòrach
Air bhàrr nan ògan? 'S an Innis Àigh!"

"Where does gentle summer arrive earlier
Where does blossom appear on trees earlier 
Where does the thrush sing more beautifully 
On the young branches? In the Happy Island!"

An Innis Àigh/The Happy Island

I am jumping the gun and posting this a wee bit early {perhaps in the hope that the snow will stay away until December!}.When I first heard the song An Innis Àigh/The Happy Island, I thought that it was the perfect Bealtaine tune. Below is a version done by the Rankin Family: 

For full lyrics in both Gàidhlig {Scots Gaelic} and English head on over to the Lyric Translate site.

I hope that everyone is having a lovely Spring so far and may it be filled with much beauty, merriment and reasons to celebrate! Beannachtaí na Bealtaine oraibh go léir/Bealtaine blessings to you all! 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Hermach muir mothach, 
Mothach sliab srethach, 
Srethach caill cithach, 
Cithach aub essach, 
Essach loch lindmar, 
Lindmar tor tipra, 
Tipra tuath oenach, 
Oenach rig Temrach;
Temair tor tuathach, 
Tuatha Mac Miled,  
Miled long libern ; 
Libern ard Eriu, 
Eriu ard diglass, 
Dichetal rogaeth, 
Rogaes ban Breise,
Breise, ban Buaigne, 
Be adbul Eriu, 
Eremon artus, 
Ir, Eber ailsius — 
Ailiu iath Erenn."

"I seek the land of Ireland, 
Coursed be the fruitful sea, 
Fruitful the ranked highland, 
Ranked the showery wood, 
Showery the river of cataracts, 
Of cataracts the lake of pools, 
Of pools the hill of a well, 
Of a well of a people of assemblies, 
Of assemblies of the king of Temair ; 
Temair, hill of peoples, 
Peoples of the Sons of Mil, 
Of Mil of ships, of barks ; 
The high ship Eriu, 
Eriu lofty, very green, 
An incantation very cunning. 
The great cunning of the wives of Bres, 
Of Bres, of the wives of Buaigne, 
The mighty lady Eriu, 
Erimon harried her, 
Ir, Eber sought for her — 
I seek the land of Ireland."

Below is a A beautiful song that I originally heard on the movie Brooklyn{which is a pretty good movie if you haven't seen it yet!}. It is Casadh an Tsúgáin sung by Iarla Ó Lionáird, this version is by The Gloaming, which Iarla is a member of.

 Lá fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh/Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

E-Books & Apps for Gaelic Polytheists {Google Play Edition}

This past holiday season I moved into the 21st century by being gifted a tablet. Since getting it I have uploaded several apps and e-books that might be of interest to other Gaelic Polytheists {and perhaps some for other types of Celtic Polytheists}. 

For this particular list will feature apps and e-books that I found on Google Play, and will hopefully at some point expand the list for resources from other places. list is what I current have on my tablet or on my wishlist. This is by no means all that is available, so I encourage folks to go on a wee treasure hunt to see what they can find. However, be forewarned that there is garbage available as well {i.e. "Celtic chakras" and related new age poop}.

If you know of any other apps, e-books or even movies and music that should be on this list, please feel free to share!



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Brigit Búadach/Victorious Brigit

"Brigit búadach,
 búaid na fine,
siur Ríg nime,
nár in duine,
eslind luige,
         lethan bréo.

 Ro-s íacht nóibnem,
mumme Góidel,
riar na n-óiged,
óibel ecnai,
ingen Dubthaig,
duine úallach,
Brigit búadach,
         bethad béo."

"Triumphant Brigid,
glory of her kindred,
sister of Heaven's King,
a noble woman,
a danger to perjurers,
a broad-spreading flame.

She has reached holy Heaven,
the foster-mother of the Gael,
the desire of visitors,
a spark of wisdom,
daughter of Dubthach,
a proud woman,
triumphant Brigid,
living one of life."

Brigit Búadach/Victorious Brigid {Old Irish, translated by Kuno Meyer. Found in Miscellanea hibernica.}

 Beannachtaí na Féile Bríde agus Imbolc oraibh/ Brigid's Day & Imbolc blessings to you all! 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

My 2015 Garden

I have been terrible this year in maintaining this blog, including sharing what was happening in my little garden. So now that it is buried under about six inches of snow, I figured I would get around to it now. Better late than never I suppose. 

Most of the projects that I wanted to tackle this season, were either started and never finished or completely deferred to next year altogether. I did however add some more toad houses, bee watering stations, and bird baths.

Jarrahdale pumpkin growing and Jack-o'-Lantern
This year I grew Jarrahdale and Black Futzu pumpkins for the first time, which both did quite well and will definitely be growing them next year! Both were great looking additions to the display I had on my porch for Hallowe'en and tasty additions to baking and soup recipes.

I tried Watermelon radish in the late spring/early summer and might be the yummiest radish I have ever grown. Another radish variety that was a first for me was Black Spanish, which is supposed to grow as large as a turnip, mine however was not quite as big. The original plan was to grow some to carve into Jack-o'-Lanterns, but being as puny as they were that did not happen. I will try again next year.

Indigo Rose tomatoes
For tomatoes I gave Indigo Rose and Old German a try, which both will be joining my herd of "old faithfuls" next year. Where I will have the room for about a dozen tomato varieties is something I will hopefully figure out over the winter. Heh.

Angel Wing poppies
Other new pretties include Tiger's Eye bush bean {fantastic for bean dip and soup!}, Multi-Coloured Broom corn {great for autumn decorations and the birds love it!}, Jasmine Scented nicotiana {wooooo, smells pretty!} and perhaps my favourite find, Angel Wings poppy. All will be grown again next year.

A new addition this year, anise hyssop.
Throughout the season I added more perennials to the "wild" garden bed that pollinators and other critters love. I am happy with how that garden has turned out and how much wildlife we have been getting there and in the rest of the garden.

Liatris {aka 'gayfeather' and 'blazing star'}

The stinging nettle plants were filled with cocooning Red Admiral caterpillars and one of our milkweed plants had a cocooning Monarch. In general I saw a lot more Monarchs this year, which is great news!

There was also solitary bees of various sorts making themselves at home in the critter hotel and there were so many ladybugs this year. In the trees surrounding our place and our neighbours' yards we had nesting crows, robins, waxwings, squirrels, warblers, finches and sparrows. And of course the chippies and skunks were camping out not too far away either. Heh.

Lily-of the valley and lungwort

Goat's beard
To my relief the perennials beds at the front of my house seemed to recover nicely after having to be dug up last year when we had to get our foundation repaired. I have thought about creating another bed in the front to add some heather and holly and maybe a contained yew and rowan next year.

Ghost fern

Towards the end of the gardening season I got a few more perennials to go throughout the garden, and I also inherited a rose bush from my Auntie's place, which I think is an old fashioned tea with white blooms. I guess I will have to wait until next year to know for sure.

Fall seemed to come late this year, making the overall growing season longer this year than the last few. Up until the last couple of days I could have probably gotten away with growing hardy greens, since we had a green Yuletide. 

But now Winter seems to be here and I will have to wait to garden. Until then I will be daydreaming of digging in the dirt while I am shoveling snow.



Saturday, December 26, 2015

Solstice Wood

"That doire bheag air an druim
is that mi cinnteach,
gu robh i an còmhnaidh ann.
Nuair thig grianstad a’ geamhraidh
is cruinne ruadh a’ tuiteam air cul chraobh
is caomh leam creidsinn
nach eil mi gu tur nam aonar
ach tha sùilean eile thar tìm
maille rium, is an aon tlachd aca
on is e sin an là as giorra
is roth draoidheil na grèine
na rolladh gu luath dhan Earrach."


"There is a spinney on the ridge
and I am certain
that it was always there.
When the winter solstice comes
and a red sphere falls behind trees,
I like to think
I am not entirely alone
but that other eyes across time
are with me, and show the same pleasure
that this is the shortest day,
as the druid wheel of the sun
rolls swiftly towards Springtime."

~ Doire A’ Ghrianstad/Solstice Wood by William Neill from Caldenoian Cramboclink