Beltane a celebration of the Life force! Passion for your loved ones and a time to connect with what you are really passionate about. If you love Nature take some time out to be in your favourite wild place and celebrate all that Nature gives and what you give back. Give thanks to this fertile earth that is linked to everything and shows that anything is possible! Everything is in a process of becoming and here at Ceratonia we can relate to this.
Roses for me Celebrate Love and Passion and heal the Heart, we have planted a huge amount and will continue to! Below you will see the simple wild Rose we have down by the river, what a beauty.
In this last month time has been spent on Calendula's garden, planting up all the small plants that were seeded in the nursery, Melissa, Borage, Mugwort, Catnip, Milk thistle, Feverfew, Rosemary, Thyme, Camomile, Lemon Verbena, Vervain, Calendula and so much more and many more still in the nursery waiting to get a bit bigger. All is exciting and very happy that the Hawthorn has germinated and a small shoot has appeared in the last few days.. Especially as Hawthorn is a specific Beltane herb.
Work has been going on in the Vegetable garden known in Portuguese as A Horta. Many folk have worked on this area, now Corey has taken the reins and in this last week his family have been helping massively. Tweaks have been needed as huge boulders were found under beds and many stones have been used to fix the surrounding walls. Huge learning has been going on mainly from our mistakes, but this is a part of what it is all about! Photos will come soon, but the courgettes, broccoli, spinach, kale, garlic and onions are looking fabulous! Beans and parsnip seeds sown direct in the Winter are coming up well and tomatoes, cabbages, beetroot, beans, melons, squashes and many more have been planted up. Corey's uncle who has been growing vegetables for decades has been sharing his wealth of wisdom which has been fantastic.
Our light fittings have been rather raw and nondescript! However Corey´s Dad and Uncle who is a retired electrician have been helping to make the Centre at Ceratonia look that bit brighter and softer, including lights outside. Merci beaucoup!
Daisy Mae and Corey Smith at Ceratonia