We want you to enjoy some nature space during these challenging times. We plan to post photographs and short videos of life in the Labyrinth and Secret Gardens of Ash Cottage on a weekly basis for you to enjoy.
Éadaoin & Ray
Ash Cottage closed its doors on the 16th March 2020 due to Covid-19
Pear symbolises affection, comfort and inner peace.
Wild Strawberriy Leaves
Strawberries symbolise Venus, decency, and nobility of spirit.
Wild Strawberries symbolise Venus, decency, and nobility of spirit.
Apple symbolises knowledge, abundance, and temptation.
Wild Garlic Flower
Garlic symbolises fertility, good health, protection and overcoming fear
Wild Strawberry Flowers
Wild Strawberry Flowers
Symbolises emotional healing, surviving through difficulties
The Dawn Chorus on Easter Sunday 2020
White Admiral butterfly on the lemon tree in the glass house.
The Butterfly represents transformation, endurance, hope and life.
The Elder Tree represents death birth and rebirth. Associated with carrying out a self assessment of your past life and where you are going, and who you want become.
The Hawthorn is one of the most sacred trees in Celtic Mythology It symbolises love and protection.
Cottage 'Handwriting' Garden in full bloom
Foxgloves after rain
Elderflower Champagne and Wild Strawberries
First of the summer harvest
Marsh Iris, Lower Pond
Garden Bench made from Curragh Bench
'Minotaur'Log in the Lavender Labyrinth
Honesty in seed
Elm and Hazel Tree Pathway
Spider Web Tunnel
Green Shield Bug
Ray juicing the pears
Glass of freshly made Sweet Pear Juice
Ripe apples, ready for picking and making apple juice and aple jelly.
An all time favourite for those who visit Ash Cottage. Hot buttered wheaten bread with Ray’s Apple Jelly.
Making Sloe Gin from locally foraged Sloes.
31st Decemeber New Year's Eve
New Year's Day
The labyrinth walk provides an opportunity to reflect on life whilst at the same time moving forwards towards possibilities for the future. The triple spiral can mean of host of different things. Past, Present, Future; Mother, Father, Child; Birth, Life, Death Cycles; to name but a few.
Ash Cottage’s Celtic Labyrinth needs weeding and a good raking over. These activities provide a regulating opportunity to: contemplate on the challenges last year brought and continues to bring; enjoy the sensory experience of being present in nature; look forward to normal contact with family, friends and having people visit Ash Cottage again.
Ice from the frozen pond
Buds on the Crab Apple tree
Fuchsia flowers and buds
Last of the potato crop