Welcome to Bealtaine Cottage and Permaculture Smallholding, Ireland

Sammy-Bear CatThis is about one woman deciding to do something very dramatic and revolutionary in Ireland…taking three acres of wet, rushy, north-facing land and planting trees like her life depended on it…it does!

First of all, if this is your first visit to Bealtaine Cottage, then you are very welcome indeed!

(Have a look at what Bealtaine Cottage looked like before permaculture magic was worked…bottom of this page…)

Here at Bealtaine Cottage it’s all about Permaculture, sharing a love for Mother Earth and a passion for growing gardens, plants and hearts!

www.bealtainecottage.com 011Bealtaine Cottage smallholding is in the west of Ireland.

Driftwood mirror at Bealtaine CottageIn May 2004, this was a derelict cottage on a north facing slope of three acres of wet, rushy land.

Lavender drying on the back door of my cottageMy aim, living alone and without any workforce or helpers, was to create a self-sustaining smallholding designed and constructed on Permaculture Principles.

Veranda at Bealtaine Cottage, midwinter 2012This has included planting over 900 deciduous trees including two large orchards, as well as many perennials and bushes.

Lunaria in early June 2013 at Bealtaine CottageThis all supports the developing biodiversity here at Bealtaine Cottage.

Ark for NatureBealtaine Cottage has evolved into an Ark for Nature, with continuous planting and expanding biodiversity.

Transforming the cottage interior has meant, wherever possible, the use of re-cycled materials.

Evening at BealtaineThere is the recent installation of a compost toilet, put in place to ensure waste products are managed on site.

Permaculture Tunnel at bealtaine CottageGrowing organically produced food includes a continual, all-year round supply from a purpose-built polytunnel.

Potager beds of abundancePotager beds are now in their second year and producing abundantly!

Pieris, Forest Flame at Bealtaine CottageThe land has transformed from monoculture to Eden.

Canned Rhubarb in the kitchen of Bealtaine CottageThere is a continual, substantial food surplus and this is channelled into the making of wines, jams, pickles, chutney, dried foods and plants.

This approach to living on the Earth, forms the basis of an integrated approach to living with the planet, rather than on the planet.

My Spinning WheelSpinning is one of my favourite crafts, spinning wool and using the surplus ‘shoddy,’ as a fertilizer and mulch for the land.

Recycled floor

Recycled floor

Crafting is an ongoing learning curve, necessity being the mother of invention, as proved here with the recycled floor.

Irish dresser in the cottage kitchen at Bealtaine CottageMany people are interested in Permaculture.

It is a more sustainable way to live!

Barn at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture GardensThis simple little barn was constructed in wood and open to the south to keep it warm and filled with light.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have visited Bealtaine Cottage on-line.

Euphorbia in the front gardenBuddha in  the gardens.

Bealtaine Cottage this morning.

Plants and trees are mostly grown from seed and, are therefore healthy and acclimatized specimens.

Polytunnel this morning at Bealtaine Cottage with Che Mousy Bear strolling through!Cold composting ensures a continual development of seed production!

bealtaine cottage windowFor those wishing to know more about Bealtaine Cottage and the Permaculture Gardens, there is a YouTube channel, as well as over 600 archived blogs on this site.

veranda at Bealtaine CottageA veranda was added at the back of the cottage to provide more shelter as well as outdoor work space.

Pond in the Bog Garden at Bealtaine Cottage 015Bealtaine Cottage and smallholding continues to be developed in keeping with Permaculture ethics.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture wood burning stoveThe addition of a wood burning stove in the sitting room and a multi fuel stove in the kitchen, has given free hot water, cooking, baking and central heating from a fire fuelled mostly with wood harvested here.

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The cottage did not have a kitchen sink, so one was fitted under this window…why not have a good view when washing up?

Bealtaine Cottage now sits snugly amidst the hundreds of trees planted during the past nine years.

All construction carried out at Bealtaine is worked in wood, a sustainable building material, such as the addition of the porch, above.

To encourage maximum biodiversity, vegetables, fruit, flowers, trees and shrubs are grown together, such as here in the home-made tunnel.

Abundance grows year on year at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture, Ireland.

As the fertility in the soil re-builds itself, crops become more abundant.

Pond in May at Bealtaine CottageBealtaine Cottage is also on YouTube, with over 100 video uploads to date.

As a way of draining the land, but harvesting the water, two ponds were dug in the Bog Garden, below the cottage.

Bealtaine Cottage willow archThese now form the central area of the Bog Garden, where an abundance of willow is grown, used in basketry and garden projects, as well as burning in the stoves that heat the water and radiators in the cottage.

Everything grown at Bealtaine forms the basis of a quality of living, that includes visual appreciation of the gardens, shown here in an indoor arrangement.

You can see and read about everything that has happened here at Bealtaine Cottage by visiting the archives and Bealtaine Cottage on YouTube.

wild honeysuckle on the table at bealtaine cottage

Bealtaine kitchen

Below are some before and after images of Bealtaine Cottage in 2004…before the permaculture design was applied…yes, it was rather stark and forbidding!


Bealtaine Cottage drivewayAnd how it looks today, thriving with wildlife and maximum biodiversity!

Before the planting began…This is where the orchard and vegetable garden are now.

apple trees in blossom at Bealtaine CottageApple trees and Blackcurrants abound…

Bealtaine Cottage this morningNo chemicals of any kind have been used.

All weeds were controlled with mulching.

Bealtaine Cottage has built up a Permaculture Seed Bank.

If you want to see a list of available seeds, this link will take you there… http://bealtainecottage.com/seeds-from-bealtaine-cottage/

Seeds from Bealtaine Cottage in Ireland are posted all over the world!

Bealtaine Cottage is also on YouTube…I have posted over 110 videos about Permaculture, planting, growing and living.

I write to encourage, help and inspire mindfulness for our beautiful world and have photographed and written over 720 blogs on the Bealtaine Cottage site.

As an Ark for Nature, trees and wildlife, the smallholding of Bealtaine Cottage receives no grant aid from either the Irish government or EU. Everything created here is self-funded.

Any donation, no matter how small, goes a long way in sustaining and developing this site.


108 Responses to “Welcome to Bealtaine Cottage and Permaculture Smallholding, Ireland”

  1. Marc October 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    Words are beyond me! It’s like a small piece of heaven, and inspiring to say the least! Well done. x

  2. Julie September 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    I found your blog a few months ago and read it from start to finish.. and fell totally in love with Bealtaine Cottage and your posts. This is my first comment and I just wanted to say you are truly inspirational.. We grow our own fruit and veg as much as possible, keep chickens and bees and are in the process of turning our garden into a wildlife haven. I’m so glad I found your little piece of heaven.. thank you :o) xx

    • Bealtaine Cottage September 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

      I am very touched by your lovely words…thanks and blessings to you XXX

      • Suzanne September 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

        Hello, I am truly moved and inspired by your wonderful life, it’s amazing. I would love to spend a night at Bealtaine Cottage and submerge myself in permaculture, which is completely new to me as of today! I have my friend Liz to thank for pointing me in your direction. What you’ve done is incredible, I absolutely salute you. Is it possible to contact you to arrange a visit?

        • Bealtaine Cottage September 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

          There is a link at the top of the website…click on that and it should take you through.


  3. saskia August 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    incredible, amazing, absolutely amazing all that you have managed to achieve!! in such a short space of time; I am gobsmacked, inspired and remain hopeful one day I will be able to accomplish something similar in our garden; thank you for showing me it’s possible

  4. Green Bee August 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Inspirational. I am really looking forward to foraging in your treasure trove of a site and following you and Bealtaine cottage on this ever changing journey.

  5. Lorna July 12, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Love it.. Ideas for the future :)

  6. Sarah -Little Cloud of Sanity June 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous. I’m definitely in love with what you’ve done, the self-sufficiency of it is absolutely inspiring!

  7. childrenofdemeter May 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    What a beautiful home and smallholding you have created. I am completely in awe of your creativity and dedication. It is totally stunning and a real feast for the eye. Continued success to you.
    Bright Blessings

    • Bealtaine Cottage May 9, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

      Thanks to you for such lovely comments and welcome to Bealtaine Cottage…Blessings XXX Colette

  8. oawritingspoemspaintings April 28, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    What a paradise on earth you’ve built! Lovely blog it’s like a dream come true… When I speak the way you live, even though we are placed in a noisy polluted town people never fail to remind me that we are in the “real” world not one made of butterflies,birds & poetry but you have proved them wrong!
    You give hope for a better world you are a model for transforming dream into reality & I thank you genuinely for that… finding your blog made my day, my week & much more :)

    • Bealtaine Cottage April 28, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      Thank you XXX

    • mardatha April 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      oawritings, remember life is what we make it, and you hod onto your vision of it. Miracles do happen and maybe one day you’ll live in a good place xxx

      • oawritingspoemspaintings April 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

        Thank you for supporting my dream! I’ll go on believing & meanwhile I will search for mini-holidays in such an environment.
        Thank you again, it means a lot :)

  9. Blue Planet Journal (@BluePlanetJrnl) April 21, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Namaste! This is a blessed message from a blessed space… I am grateful for your presence from across the water, and one day perhaps I will come to Bealtaine too.

    Blue Planet Journal

    Love, light and peace to you!

    • Bealtaine Cottage April 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

      Interesting…I have often written of the return of the Divine Feminine. I shall look at the Journal with interest.
      Blessings X Colette

  10. Mrs. N March 9, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    Hello! Somehow I stumbled upon your Youtube channel and blog while searching for information on cottage gardens. I’m absolutely in love with your garden and lifestyle. since we moved to Japan three years ago and I have now a small piece of earth to plant-I’ve been puttering about. Since I’ve “found you” I am passionately inspired to do the best I can to change this little plot into a real garden-a permaculture/cottage garden. Thank you for posting and writing. I’m sure you have inspired many people all over the world. xxoo

    • Bealtaine Cottage March 9, 2014 at 9:42 am #

      Thanks and blessings to you and the piece of earth you care for…may it bring you great joy XXX Colette

      • Mrs. N March 9, 2014 at 9:48 am #

        Xxoo!! I’ll be ordering seeds from you soon!

  11. Mary Ann O'Donoghue March 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    You and what you are doing are an inspiration for me, and looks like many others. Hope to get to one of your open days. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  12. New Templar February 13, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Excellent blog. We moved over from the UK in 2006 and built a house here in Ardagh Co. Longford. We moved in on the 30th of April 2008. We have just over two acres here and wanted land in order to be able to grow our own food, be more self reliant and live a life closer to nature. We keep hens and ducks and pigs and are developing a forest garden. We have planted quite a lot of trees although I haven’t counted them! We have a large veg plot (40 12’x4′ beds) and at this stage eat mostly from our own harvests. It is great to see a fellow permaculture warrior doing so well. Interestingly we came very close to buying an old cottage on an acre near Frenchpark but we decided for various reasons not to buy in the end. We also have a dog named Jack. He was rescued in utero as it were. We rescued a lovely dog we found wandering in a car park and found she was pregnant. She only had Jack and then died shortly after. No cats though!!

    • Bealtaine Cottage February 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

      Welcome to Bealtaine Cottage. It’s heartening to find a growing number of like-minded people!
      Blessings XXX Colette

  13. alderandash February 7, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Inspiring photos, so brilliant to see what can be done – thank you!

  14. Wayne White February 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi! Looks like an Aga Cooker on your cover with the cat next to it.

    • Bealtaine Cottage February 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

      That old cooker is a Stanley Stove made here in Ireland…Waterford.

      • mardatha February 13, 2014 at 8:50 am #

        Somewhere in the videos I saw gorgeous candles on a shelf, that looked home made. Did you make those or buy them? I love them!

        • Bealtaine Cottage February 13, 2014 at 9:37 am #

          I used to make candles!

          • mardatha February 13, 2014 at 11:32 am #

            They were very nice. You could do that again in the long winter nights, and sell them at fairs :)

            • Bealtaine Cottage February 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

              Most of my free time is used in spinning and upcycling woollen garments.I occasionally make candles for own use and gifts.

              • mardatha February 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

                :) well they were lovely pet, very nice.

  15. thedogwalkinggardener January 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    HI .. just found your site. Inspirational! Permaculture is springing up everywhere and you are a shining example. I would gladly welcome the opportunity to transform a neglected property and bring it to life also!


  16. Alisa Alonso January 15, 2014 at 12:15 am #

    Amazing! Inspiring! Wow! I am thrilled to find this … how can I contact you for a link exchange?

    • Bealtaine Cottage January 15, 2014 at 1:01 am #

      Blessings X I don’t think I do link exchanges, though am not too sure what they are…never been asked. If you want to leave a link in the comments feel free though XXX Colette

  17. spontaneoustheatre January 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Thank you for your inspiring posts and sharing your way of life.

  18. Julianne Victoria December 31, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    I’ve nominated you for two awards! Happy New Year! http://juliannevictoria.com/2013/12/30/new-year-celebrations/

  19. Violet's Veg*n e-comics November 27, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    This is absolutely beautiful, it’s like a dream. So glad to see you making it come true :-)

  20. sue marquis bishop November 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    It makes me smile to read what you have done with your land and to see the photos… Sue

  21. sue marquis bishop November 23, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    It makes me smile to hear what you are doing with your land and to see the photos… Sue

  22. quarteracrelifestyle November 23, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    I have just nominated you and your wonderful blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please follow this link to see what to do next http://quarteracrelifestyle.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    If you can’t accept please just accept the compliment intended :)

    • Bealtaine Cottage November 23, 2013 at 1:35 am #

      Bless you for thinking of me…that’s a lovely compliment and all I want…Blessings X

  23. lilizerbi October 16, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Enjoy your blog from Argentina ♥

  24. Sabrina Groza September 21, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Thank you for putting this out in the world! It is so heartwarming and uplifting! Just had the chance to visit my first seminar regarding permaculture after reading about it a bit – mainly by Sepp Holzer. Your first you tube experiment also has been very appreciated. Thank you for your encouragement! Blessings! Sabrina

    • Bealtaine Cottage September 21, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Good Morning, Sabrina, from a very misty west Ireland landscape! Permaculture is the way forward, walking hand in hand with Mother Nature. I need to get more videos made for my YouTube channel…it’s just so busy here…lots of visitors!

  25. Teri Wolfe September 8, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Positively beautiful, visual, informative, inspiring, encouraging homepage here!

    I imagine it’s a bit of work, but then so is 40-60 hours/week in a cubicle, on a floor, or anything else really! I’m Irish-American, and the West of Ireland has a reputation more like your “before” shots than your “after” ones. “*Stark* beauty” is OK too, I guess, but wow, as they say, “Look what you’ve done with the place!” :)

    • Teri Wolfe September 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      In case I wasn’t clear, I was referring in particular to the work the smallholding must require, probably even more than this lovely webpage!

      • Bealtaine Cottage September 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

        The work was a bit hard in the beginning, but has become easier as trees have grown.

    • Bealtaine Cottage September 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      Thanks Teri. Planting trees is the secret to healthy soil…Ireland needs more trees!

  26. blackbookbrown June 14, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    This blog has been helping me get through the slow days at the office, I work in Film and TV but now have plans to leave the industry and live a more simple life surrounded by nature and the smells of a freshly baked loaf! I’ve now started a permaculture course and have a variety of vegetables growing.. Its a small garden but its a start! In 3 years myself and my partner hope to buy a small plot in Wales along with a few acres to develop. I visit this blog daily as a source of inspiration, I really do hope to follow in your footsteps and Id like to thank you for this.

    • Bealtaine Cottage June 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      It’s always inspiring to hear from visitors who are embarking on the great change…planning to leave the corporate club and embrace their own sacred journey…that journey is all too short!
      Live life and make it your own!
      Blessings to you both
      Colette X

  27. icarus62 May 20, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    What a wonderful transformation from the 2004 pictures to now.

    • Bealtaine Cottage May 21, 2013 at 7:27 am #

      When Nature is enabled and her power invoked to help the Earth, then good change and abundance follows.

  28. Dave Schroeder July 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    I have never visited Bealtaine Cottage but hope to one day. It looks absolutely beautiful! So diverse, colorful, creative, abundant with all the goodness life has to offer. I could keep going on but in short thank you for the inspiration! Best wishes in the future

    • PermaGoddess July 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      All those of good heart…welcome…always.

      • kayte58 November 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

        I am working my way through all of your blog Colette and it always inspires and motivates me. Could I ask you, did you start by putting up your polytunnel or planting your fruit and veg. first?
        I’ve got a decent size garden and 3 veg. beds and some fruit trees (that have yet to produce, even after 4 years) but I have alot of grass and overgrown area.
        I can’t help feeling that it’s wasted not to do something with it but I feel a bit overwhelmed about what to do first.
        The grass area tends to hold the water and is quite boggy even after a bit of rain so I’m not sure what to do about that.
        Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
        Best wishes to you.
        Fruit trees need bees and pollinators. Bees and pollinators need maximum biodiversity. My advice is plant, plant, plant. Boggy areas can support willow and birch and many trees and plants beloved of bees and pollinators. Walk your land. Make a path along the more raised and drier bits. Plant on either side. Now is a great time to insert cuttings straight into the ground. It is easier to cut things down rather than wait for them to grow, so get planting and be as intuitive with your land as possible! Put the tunnel up as and when you can afford to. Go out and make a deep connection to your land…walk it, engage and befriend it. Let the earth speak to your deepest intuition and emotion. The rest will follow.

        • kayte58 November 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

          Thanks for taking the time to reply Colette.
          The tunnel (a small one by tunnel standards) is up and I’ve been using it to store wood but I am determined to sort that out today.
          I’m going to use some of it to extend my raised beds.
          I love being out and always have the company of my chickens looking for a worm to be turned up for them.
          I have spent many an hour reading your blog and it always has such a calming effect.
          Many thanks for sharing your learning and your journey.
          I hope many more blessings come your way.

          You are one of many making the re-connection with Mother Earth…what a wonderful time we live in. Thanks for your good wishes.
          Bless you,

  29. spontaneoustheatre September 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Thank you for this lovely blog!

  30. lornadonoghue September 2, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Hi Colette,
    Your blog is as inspirational as your garden and your lovely self :-) I’ve been fortunate enough to visit your place a couple of times already. Would love to visit again soon to reinfect myself with your enthusiasm!!! Well done…

    • PermaGoddess September 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi there Lorna…I remember you! You are welcome to visit…just call first to make sure I’m around! 0863345639. It’s grown a lot since you were here last!
      Best Wishes, Colette.

  31. Sue Miller August 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    I found your site last week and was instantly entranced – I dipped into it here and then and then decided that I had to return each day and work my way through all your postings and follow Bealtaine through the seasons. Stunningly photographed and passionately written, it has been an absolute inspiration to see how you have single handedly created a place of great magic and from such an unpromising beginning too. I have been a passionate organic gardener all my life, and some years back started to take an interest in permaculture, read Gaia’s Garden and was surprised and gratified to find that we were some way along the road already, so much is common sense. Bealtaine shows me how much more is possible. Thank you so much for sharing your journey and your wisdom.

    • PermaGoddess August 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

      What a wonderful compliment and thank you so much, Sue. I have just waved goodbye to yet more visitors to Bealtaine and as you have probably read here, keep open gardens to all who want to learn about permaculture, want to see or just are growing enthusiasts.
      I hope you continue to explore all aspects of permaculture and find inspiration for your journey!
      Without any doubt, Permaculture changes lives and heals the Earth…loving it all!

  32. Briony July 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Thanks a million I will contact you by email soon I am in Geevagh to not too far from you looking forward to meeting you

  33. Briony July 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    just wanted to find out if you have open days for visiting, and where exactly you are. I have so much to learn although been in Irland 10 years am not from this climate. I have poly now this is my first year growing and really would love to learn more

    • PermaGoddess July 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

      Hi Briony! I live in the north bit of Roscommon, near the village of Keadue, near the town of Boyle. I am happy to show visitors around and explain how Permaculture works and answer any questions! If you want to visit it is best to arrange on email…coletteoneill2010@hotmail.com
      best wishes, Colette.

  34. Music&Meaning July 24, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    the blog’s reorganization and new look are great! eric

    • PermaGoddess July 24, 2011 at 10:55 am #

      Thanks Eric…and it continues to evolve, which is how it all is…and what makes life so very interesting, don’t you think? The past 7 years here at Bealtaine has changed my whole life! Instead of accepting, I now question everything and find out new stuff all the time! Permaculture has defined how I see the world!

      Blessings to you and yours, Eric…Colette

  35. Stewart Holmes June 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    This is close to how I grow up. In a small cottage at the back of a farm in Essex, not west of Ireland, but it was still very close to this style of life. The owner was brilliant at running a truly natural mixed farm. That was the why it was in the 1950s, but once it was sold, my parents moved and I lost all interest in Old Barn. The next farm, Spring Field, was identical, a bit larger. The same thing happened there too, so they moved again and by this time. 1970S, I had lost all hope for farming or growing real food. Then in 1991, I attended a talk, the subject was new. It sounded wonderful, it opened my mind. This was my first introduction to Permaculture. From that day on, I have gone from strength to strength. Slowly, slowly some times, getting side tracked on the way, but never losing sight of my aims or long term goals. I studded conservation, woodland management, organic growing and many more course on Permaculture. I am now back on track working on a project close to my own heart. Keep up the good work.

    Good to meet you, Stewart and welcome to the world of permaculture that you are obviously delighting in as well! There is a little bit of Essex here at Bealtaine in the form of the new porch I built onto the cottage…it’s constructed using all wood with a shiplap exterior, as in all the lovely old Essex barns!
    Regards, Colette

  36. banbamama April 19, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Hi, I love your blog. My husband is studying horticulture in the Botanic Gardens and is a huge advocate of permaculture. You are such an inspiration for us. We hope to achieve what you have one day. Thanks for a great blog!

  37. Willow Basket Newbie April 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Should read ‘are truly’….(stupid iPad ! )

  38. Willow Basket Newbie April 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Your Blog and Lifestyle Re truly inspirational…thank you and keep blogging!
    Blessed be!

  39. Shyra April 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Thank you for posting this blog! It is very inspirational! I’ve just started getting into Permaculture and it is nice to see that it can be a reality to use and ‘live’ all the principles. :)

    • Permaculture Blog April 10, 2011 at 6:53 am #

      It’s good to hear from you, Shyra! Permaculture has brought freedom and abundance here at Bealtaine and it’s good to share! Let me and the world know how it changes your life too…as it will!
      Blessings and Abundance
      Colette x

  40. Richard and Averil March 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi all

    Just introducing ourselves – Richard and Averil – at present in Gloucestershire, and looking in to moving back to Ireland where we both have our roots. We made contact with Colette last week, and hope to visit very soon…

    “I love to sit still in one place and observe how nature takes care of things when we work withhert and give her the chance. This inspires my painting” (Averil)

    “Permaculture just makes so much sense to me, I am beginning to see the simplicity of it, and how less is more…” (Richard)

  41. Helen Wallace March 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi Colette! just discovered your website and what a lovely few hours I have spent looking at the lovely photos. What an achievement, and so lovely that you made the photos and information available to everyone.

    I’m from Ireland but living in Sweden at the moment, where the growing season is short but soooo intense! We only just pruned our 2 apple trees today (Spring starts ‘officially’ 25 March where we live) and there is still heavy snow on the ground, but the sun is warm and those swelling apple buds fill us with such joy and excitement of the fruit ahead. Still waiting for the daffodils!

    We come to Ireland often and would love to visit sometime, but imagine your days mighty busy :) Wishing you bounteous spring and summer flowering delights, All the best – Helen and Stephen.

    • Permaculture Blog March 28, 2011 at 9:26 am #

      Helen and Stephen…it’s good to meet you! Sweden sounds a bit like Canada in terms of the growing season, so I imagine you have much work and lots to look forward to!
      Anytime you are in Ireland and are in this area, you are most welcome to visit. My number is on this site and email too…somewhere…but you can always message me here and I will respond, of course!
      My aim is to inspire and encourage people to be at one with Gaia in growing and creating gardens. Simplicity, re-cycling and abundance form the core of this simple philosophy. If Bealtaine can help visitors to see that and adopt a similar approach then I am happy to take the time and share Bealtaine with them!

  42. Dara March 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Myself and my wife are moving back to Ireland in the next year with the intention to buy land and start our own permaculture. At the moment were looking at Clare and Leitrim sites and doing research.

    Thanks for you blog, we as many find it inspirational. Would you have any recommendations on the type of soil table to go for and do you have contact with any permaculture initiatives/groups in those counties?

    Keep it up and maybe we’ll come visit next year.)
    All the best,


    • Permaculture Blog March 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

      Hi Daragh, I’m happy you have found the blog inspirational and of use! If I had the money I would have bought good land…my personal poverty propelled me towards the cheapest smallholding on the market. I was told there was nothing to be grown here without copious amounts of chemicals, but…the rest is permaculture history!
      I have no active contact with groups in Ireland, but many online! I’m too busy…and in the process of writing a book about permaculture.
      You are welcome to come see all here…and if I can be of any help then I will try to make some time for you both!

  43. Kristi February 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    I have really enjoyed looking at your blogs. I am trying to start with growing my own veg and making preserves. I was just wondering what the jars on this page are full of? They look beautiful! Hope you know which picture I mean…. Thanks again for the inspiration.

    • Permaculture Blog February 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      Hi Kristi, Great to hear from you and more power to you growing your own veg! The jars are filled with Apple Jelly, which is delicious and wholesome and has so many uses, but is fantastic with cheese and bread!
      I’ll be making lots more this year and photoblogging for you to follow, so plant an apple tree and get ahead!
      Colette x

  44. Trystia February 12, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Thank you very much Colette .

  45. Trystia February 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Hello, your blog is a delight and a model for me and
    many others. Will you allow me to write an article
    on my blog about Bealtaine Cottage? I would
    very pleased to make known to my friends
    and visitors. Congratulations for your masterpiece

    • Permaculture Blog February 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

      Thank you for your lovely comments.
      I am happy for you to write about Bealtaine Cottage.
      If this serves as an inspiration to others, then I am doubly happy!

  46. kathryn February 2, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    My 6 yr old daughter and I have just relaxed and enjoyed your gorgeous garden on a very humid 36 degree summer evening in Canberra, Australia. Our new (sort-of) permaculture garden looks a little different to yours with its huge gum trees, 700m block, limited rain and limited sun because of the trees. However our chooks are happy and so are we. Thanks for sharing your garden and your joy in living in it.

    • Permaculture Blog February 2, 2011 at 9:21 am #

      I wish you much happiness in you permaculture garden and home.
      It is a fact that together we can heal the earth. Each garden, smallholding, farm or even windowbox that embraces the ethics of permaculture begins healing the environment around that area. Keep up the good work!
      Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.


  47. Briony Mee January 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    This is just what I am aiming for Have been on my property nearly 3 years and finding it heavy going, as I am not getting any younger, but seeing your pics give me inspiration.I am in Geevagh
    co sligo very clay soil,heavy going.

    • Permaculture Blog January 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

      Clay is the most fertile soil there is and does really well under a permaculture system. Don’t lose heart, just keep planting…it will all pay fantastic dividends!

  48. Martin January 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Beautiful job!

  49. Phelim October 15, 2010 at 2:38 am #

    I look at that arch in the lower picture and it’s so inspirational. I can only imagine walking through it into a self-sufficient world where ‘big business’ and ‘consumerism’ holds no sway – Fair play to you!

  50. readersheaven September 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Hi, nice to meet you !

    • Permaculture Blog September 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

      You’re welcome to the blog!!

      • cormaconeill January 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

        Hi. Great site, fantastic work you are doing, keep it up!
        Great to hear from you, Cormac!
        Blessings from all at Bealtaine Cottage!


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