Beltane, or ‘Là Bealltainn’ as it is known in Scotland, is a Gaelic festival which celebrates the arrival of summer, on or around the 1st May. As I have Scottish heritage, I always try to be mindful of this special day. For the Beltane of 2016 I took myself up to the ancient hillfort of Coney’s Castle to gaze at the bluebells which crown the top of the hill, but it was the view across the Marshwood Vale which caught my interest in the end. The sight of the new leaves bursting open in the morning sunlight and the last frost of the year giving way to fresh green grass was joyous.
May 1, 2016