Lá Bealtaine (first of May- Summer)

The morning was just nice. Nothing really special. Although… because there was nothing special, it was in a way, very special. The temperature of the air was mild. One thing which had not been before long. There was  also a high sky coloured with those special shades of light blue you only seem to notice on the islands here.

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The various coulisses in the Connemara landscape I could not see yet but Inis Óirr was already milking the sun.  And, I realize it just now while I am writing, why the morning had something special, there was no wind at all!


The hours of morning passed by with the usual chorus of this time of day: tractors with cargo from the freight boat  going up and down the road  driving very slowly at the crossroads because of possible traffic coming from the opposed direction. People walking on the road in order to get their groceries at the shop or for going to mass and coming back again. And besides there were some visitors trying to find their way around.

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Noon arrived. For a single hour the shop is closed. No cars, tractors or people on the road now. The buzz of the morning had stopped. I love this moment of breaking of the day. Due to this moment the order of the course of day can be re-arranged again.


Because it turned out to be a sunny day I went outside and had my lunch in the garden. I felt the balance of the day coming back step by step. At the moment of equilibrium, when there was complete unity in the atmosphere I heard the airy sound of the cuckoo…

Summer had started!

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin.

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4 thoughts on “Lá Bealtaine (first of May- Summer)”

  1. Dear Elisabeth,
    We had your vegetable soup on May 7th while visiting Inishmaan, and it was the first time we had the classic Irish vegetable soup while in Ireland. Since then we’ve had it many times in many different bars and restaurants, but none have been as good as yours! Do you ever share your recipes?

    1. Thank you Peg. It was lovely to meet you last week. Regarding the soup: I presume it is the lovely taste of the vegetables themselves having been growing on Inis Meáin what made the soup tasty!

  2. Hello Ulrike, thank you for your comment. You are right! Actually, every start of a new season the veil you are speaking about, is very thin between our and the other world, according to the Celtic belief.
    I bet you had a great time, last wednesday! Hope you will come back at some stage on that beautiful island called Inis Meáin in the Atlantic.

  3. My last visit to the Aran Islands was more than 12 years ago but I still like these lovely islands.
    But Beltane, bealtaine or however people name it, I celebrate every year as the celtic begin of summer. This year in a big circle with over 20 persons, which made it a very powerful experience.
    The veil between our world and the otherworld is thin in these days!
    Keep on writing fine articles!

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