Becoming the land’s apprentice

Not so very long ago, I spent four years living on and working the land in one of the wildest, harshest and most remote parts of the UK: on the farthest western shore of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The place where the road ran out, and there was nowhere left to [...]

2018-12-11T05:59:39+01:00October 25th, 2018|Article|5 Comments

Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation

(Image by Catherine Hyde.) In my last post, I wrote about building a new folk culture based on our native traditions. This seems especially urgent to me now, surrounded as we all are at this time of year by the consumption-driven madness that calls itself Christmas. Even here in the wilds of Connemara, it isn’t [...]

2018-11-18T14:39:16+01:00December 13th, 2017|Article|30 Comments

The storied days

There is something about the all-too-fleeting days between Samhain and Winter Solstice. Something about the sudden sharp shock of early-morning air, about the mists rising from the surface of a thousand scattered Connemara lochs. The bog grasses have transformed themselves from a tired green to a rich russet red, and the great black clouds pile [...]

2018-11-18T14:42:13+01:00November 17th, 2017|Article|17 Comments