How To Make A Willow Arch For Your Garden…For Free

Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.

~Edna Jaques

 

The miracle of Spring is now very close. Birds are beginning to sing and all over the woodland gardens of Bealtaine Cottage, life stirs.

 

I am sharing this post with you all today, as Willow can be collected at this time of year and used to great beauty in the garden.

This is How To Make A Willow Arch…

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Making a Willow Arch for the Lughnasadh Garden…this is a living arch and will provide food for the Bees.

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Take two long lengths of Willow.Any length over 6ft will do! All long Willow is suitable for this project. I used a mix.

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Strip off leaves…no need to do this in winter or early spring.

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Insert each piece into earth on either side of what will be ab entrance…so, 2-3ft apart will do!

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Push each piece of willow in a minimum of 3 inches.

It will soon root!

Wind the tops together over your head.

This will be the finished height, though it will continue to grow!

Next, add more lengths near to the first two and twist around the willow frame…

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Twisting will tighten and strengthen the arch.

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Add more lengths and use each new one to tighten and straighten the arch…pull into shape as you twist.

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If you feel you,re not getting the shape you want, lengths can easily be removed and you can start again…don’t be afraid to experiment!

Now add a second arch about 6-10 ins behind the first.

Once in line, insert some more willow by this new arch and pull the lengths forward to the first one…about halfway up the structure as seen here.

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Do the same on the first arch, pulling the lengths onto the second, so both criss cross.

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You may add some more Willow…but this is the structure safely in place, where it will continue to grow and thicken.

dsc02907 (1)This will form one of the entrances to the new Lughnasadh Garden.

There is a selection of books written by Colette O’Neill at Bealtaine Cottage, available here…the bookshop supports the entire work of the Bealtaine Project.

 

“A Cottage and Three Acres,” by Colette O’Neill

Please email Colette if you would like a particular inscription in your book.

€27,50

 

In Search of The Goddess Rising

This is the second book in the Goddess Permaculture series from Colette O’Neill at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland. In this book I explore the ancient landscape, mythology, literature and life around Bealtaine Cottage… in search of the Great Goddess. The price of the book includes all postage and packing to wherever you live in the world!

€19,00

 

Bealtaine Cottage Guide to the Deep Midwinter

A little Yuletide book filled with colour photographs, recipes, reflections, lore, poetry and mirth to guide you through the wonderful days ahead. Fifty pages of sheer delight from Bealtaine Cottage to you. The book is fully bound and can be posted direct as a gift. This is a limited edition of 200 copies. Price includes P&P worldwide.

€13,00

 

Magical Mythical Map of Bealtaine Cottage and Gardens

Beautiful map created by the artist David Gascoigne, especially for Bealtaine Cottage. The picture shows one side of the map...it is printed on both sides, see the photos on this page. The price includes all Postage and Packing to wherever you live in the world!

€10,00

Changes

It was a time of change.

2017 brought a new direction for Bealtaine Cottage.

What began many years ago as a blog, then a website, transitioned into an almost daily video on YouTube.

The book, ‘A Cottage and Three Acres,’ was released in April 2017, with over 1,000 sales to date, and all from this website.

The decision to have this book and all other Bealtaine Cottage books printed here in Ireland, rather than being off-shored to Amazon, meant a great amount of personal financial sacrifice, but was rewarded with simply amazing support from you…something which I am eternally grateful for…

DSC06666It was also very important from the ethical perspective of the Bealtaine Project that all books be posted from my local rural Post Office, in a bid to keep it open and dear Pascal in employment…to date there is over 8,000 Euros in postage directed through Drumshanbo Post Office from Bealtaine Cottage book sales…thanks to you.

There followed a second book, ‘In Search of the Goddess Rising,’ a book that begins to explore some of the passion I feel for Mother Earth and the immense change of direction experienced by so many across the globe.

In between books, my dear friend and extraordinary artist,
David Gascoigne  created the beautiful map of the Goddess Gardens…available to buy from this website…the coloured map was the work of subscriber, Kristi Nicol from Australia, who coloured in the map beautifully, adding another dimension to the artistry of David.

Bealtaine Cottage Guide to the deep midwinterFinally, the year came to a close with the release of the Bealtaine Cottage Guide to the Deep Midwinter, a full colour edition of a previous booklet.

IMG_0245 (2).jpg2017 was a year of great change and optimism for the future, as I settled into my newly recognised status as a writer…recognised by the Irish government and awarded tax status thus…I finally have an independent income, something for which I am indebted to you for…Thank You X

“A Cottage and Three Acres,” by Colette O’Neill

Please email Colette if you would like a particular inscription in your book.

€27,50

Please note that the book A COTTAGE AND THREE ACRES is currently being re-printed, but will be ready for posting by the end of the month…you may still order and your book will be posted to you at the earliest convenience.

In Search of The Goddess Rising

This is the second book in the Goddess Permaculture series from Colette O’Neill at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland. In this book I explore the ancient landscape, mythology, literature and life around Bealtaine Cottage… in search of the Great Goddess. The price of the book includes all postage and packing to wherever you live in the world!

€19,00

Magical Mythical Map of Bealtaine Cottage and Gardens

Beautiful map created by the artist David Gascoigne, especially for Bealtaine Cottage. The picture shows one side of the map...it is printed on both sides, see the photos on this page. The price includes all Postage and Packing to wherever you live in the world!

€10,00

Bealtaine Cottage Guide to the Deep Midwinter

A little Yuletide book filled with colour photographs, recipes, reflections, lore, poetry and mirth to guide you through the wonderful days ahead. Fifty pages of sheer delight from Bealtaine Cottage to you. The book is fully bound and can be posted direct as a gift. This is a limited edition of 200 copies. Price includes P&P worldwide.

€13,00

Early Lughnasadh in the Gardens of Bealtaine

The last flush of Summer happens in early Lughnasadh.

IMG_3049As I walk the gardens in late evening, the earthy taste of Autumn pervades the air.

IMG_3052The wheel turns as endings and beginnings wind their way through the days of change.

All is change…

Mists form in early morning cool air as heat continues to rise from the earth.

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Soon the clothes of summer will be packed away, to be replaced with woollens and woven items more suited to the cooling of Lughnasadh.

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In the world of man the destruction and threats of destruction continues, as though in another dimension. Mother Earth is unaware of their arrogance and hubris…She just goes on, as they huff and puff and eventually blow themselves out…She just goes on!

 

 

If you would like to support the work of Bealtaine Cottage, completely dependent on people who value what I do, here’s how…

Purchase The Book…

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Take a look at The Magical Map…

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Here is the link to my new Patreon page
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The Long-Awaited Map of Bealtaine Cottage and Gardens

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The Map of Bealtaine Cottage and Gardens is now with the printers in Sligo…finally!19575189_777045269124365_7235027663363828620_o

The tiny error in the spelling of Ballyfermoyle has been corrected, (not shown on here), and I’m hoping to pick the 200 copies towards the end of next week.19748463_1072901282809391_6230458109830596244_n (1)

This map has been painstakingly drawn with fine detail and creativity by the artist and cartographer, David Gascoingne.

David Gascoigne Thanks for a wonderful day yesterday Colette, great connections made and great work done. And thanks once again for the opportunity & for supporting & encouraging me, I am still buzzing today & I have started on the series of Magic Animal Goddess Cards already .. Raven on the way first . ! I will put progress/updates on my David Gascoigne Art page 🙂 It’s a pleasure & honour to know you Mrs, what you’ve achieved at Bealtaine is nothing short of mind-blowing,..you certainly walk the walk well and are a genuine inspiration, Blessed Be, and more of this kind of thing 

The map is printed on A3 card, front and back and folded in three. To order your very own copy, click here… Map of Bealtaine Cottage and GardensIMG_2665

The summer progresses towards Lughnasadh as soft fruit is harvested and vegetables continue to grow bountifully.IMG_2667

Outside grapes are as advanced as those in the tunnel!IMG_2668

This old Perlagonium is in her prime…again!IMG_2670

With visitors arriving from America next week, there’s a tidy-up under way!IMG_2671

This is the time for late summer and autumn planting, especially with vegetables and flowers.IMG_2673

This is the second year for this white Hydrangea and it appears to be happy in its home.IMG_2675

My way with plants I’m unsure of is to put them into a big pot and place in the area I want it to grow…to see if it likes its home!

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Some others, like this Willowherb, will set themselves and never move from that home…this doesn’t spread at all!IMG_2684

Where plants were heavily pruned over winter, all appears healthy and abundant.IMG_2685

At first I counted nine Buddleias in total, but I stand corrected, for I keep finding more and more…self-seeding is taking over!IMG_2708

Spirea, Shasta Daisy and Hypericum…all friends down by the gate!IMG_2705

The entrance to Bealtaine Cottage is a good advertisement for Goddess Permaculture and Permaculture in general!IMG_2694

Jack waiting for another car!IMG_2700

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgement. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” ~ Roy T Bennett

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From dreamscape to landscape to map…

Awaken

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From a little cutting you have dug your roots deep down into Mother Earth and she has sustained you as your tendrils reached out and climbed ever upward toward the sun.

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My heart skipped a beat when I saw your first fruits as they formed their first tiny bunch.

IMG_2626 Your vine has woven magic around the door to my cottage.

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The tiny Sedums that played dead for so long have flowered in the rain and sun.

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Vibrant greens cast their spell of Midsummer towards Lughnasadh and the promise of richer colours to come.

 

 

 

Flowers appear and seeds follow as Mother Earth gives, gives, gives!

Summer dances into July…

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What man has pronounced to be barren has defied all Science and understanding. Arrogance cannot define her, this great mystery that is the Great Mother!

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Those who deny the spirit of Mother Earth are doomed to a life less lived.

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There are many sad and disconnected souls whose voids are partially sated with all the material world has to sell…yet still they feel the emptiness of loss and disconnect, from a force they mostly do not understand.

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I’m delighted to announce that my friend Terri Conroy, from Connemara,  will be leading a special workshop, “The Goddess Within,” here at Bealtaine Cottage on Saturday 19th of August.

The purpose of this unique workshop is to discover the Goddess within and reconnect through that Goddess to the Divine Feminine.

The day begins at 10:30 and finishes at 5pm.

Includes Morning /Afternoon tea and Vegan cakes, as well as a full Vegetarian/Vegan lunch.

Cost: 75 euros

Please email Colette to confirm your place before payment … coletteoneill2010@hotmail.com

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/BealtaineCottage

An Important Message…

 

First things first…this is an important message!

I’m receiving all your messages, including those from Paypal, but, am unable to respond…so here’s what I would like you to do…

Please send me a direct email whenever you  send donations or purchase books or seeds, so as I can respond directly to YOUR email address to both acknowledge and thank you!

I am more than happy to reply to you ASAP and respond to ANY queries you may have! IMG_2535Now, that being said, I can get on with sharing images captured this morning as I walked the gardens.

 

 

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The Arrogance of Certainty

IMG_2440Thirteen years ago I made a decision to follow my heart and return to Ireland, with a mighty quest.

IMG_2439I wanted to prove the cynics and naysayers wrong.

IMG_2438I believed it was possible and doable to repair Mother Earth…at least a small part of her, whatever little piece I could afford to buy.

IMG_2434Now, thirteen years is a short time in the scheme of things and those who have looked at the before pictures are as amazed as I am at the speed, health and abundance of her recovery!

IMG_2436It is important to state here, for the record, that most people I knew, including friends and family, seen my quest as a form of madness that had taken hold of me in my post menopausal state!

IMG_2435During all of the thirteen years, as I wrote and photographed the unbelievable progress of this little bit of Mother Earth, I became aware that I was one of a small, but increasing band of strange people who had heard the call and got stuck in, doing, what seemed to others, a crazily mad thing!

IMG_2434I became used to the naysayers and the cynics.

IMG_2433I looked up occasionally from my ceaseless planting and sowing and saw people who talked the talk in fine measure, but stopped there!

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Almost from the beginning of posting this blog, I have been lucky to have had some quite remarkable people who have made donations that have kept my mortgage going during the worst of times…and I have always struggled to keep the bank on the other side of the gate.

IMG_2430You know who you are and I am eternally grateful for your love and support!

IMG_2429At this thirteen year junction, for it feels like a crossroads for sure, I have become increasingly aware of what lies ahead…and, as with my strong feelings to do what others scorned some thirteen years ago, I care little for what the response is to my words…they must be recorded!

IMG_2428The arrogance of man is shocking indeed!

IMG_2422To have been so certain in the face of their own destructive ways, that the greatest seed bank ever built and guaranteed to last for centuries, if not millennia, was brought to within a hair’s breath of destruction within a few short years of its completion, should be the wake-up call of wake-up calls!

IMG_2421Read the arrogance of certainty in this Time article…

IMG_2416Now, we all know what happened this year, don’t we?

IMG_2415The Doomsday Vault has not even survived its first ten years!

IMG_2414So this brings me to what I want to say…

IMG_2408Things are changing faster than anyone could have expected!

IMG_2406I have witnessed the longest drought ever this year here in the west of Ireland.

IMG_2395The water table dropped in early April, the driest in forty years and has not risen since, but continued to fall!

IMG_2392We are now entering a period of great change.

IMG_2390The Arrogance of Certainty seems ridiculous with hindsight, for nothing is certain anymore!

IMG_2386Man has chosen to try to outrun Nature in a feeble attempt to remain in charge!

Mother Earth has poured scorn on his attempts in what was arrogantly termed the Doomsday Vault!

IMG_2442I continue to sow and plant…one of many little Arks across the Earth…and plant out the little clocks that
“Beats out the little lives of men.” ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 

If you would like to support the work of Bealtaine Cottage, across all Social Media, completely dependent on people who value what I do, here’s how…

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Morning

The first week of July and there’s a feint scent of Autumn in the air this morning.

The morning brings a quiet and gentle beginning to the day, untouched by the continuing perplexities of man.

IMG_2384IMG_2385“Man has drawn artificial lines on the chest of the Mother Earth, which have no significance, except for the sake of war and clashes between countries. The soil seems to be the same, the trees the same, the grass the same, and the fragrance of the air, the smell of the earth the same.”
~ Girdhar Joshi

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Yes it is…all the same…at most times hard to believe when one watches the circus of life on MSM.

IMG_2388Bread and circuses, but we all know and recognise real life.

IMG_2417It has a colour and fragrance all of its own.

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“The earth is a mosaic, and most fail to notice the gossamer tesserae floating down from the realm of the mind that form its images of beauty and horror.”
~ Lawren Leo

IMG_2423If you would like to support the work of Bealtaine Cottage, completely dependent on people who value what I do, here’s how…
The Book… https://bealtainecottage.com/a-cottage-and-three-acres-the-bealtaine-story/

or…

 

or…

The book: “In Search of The Goddess Rising,” by Colette O’Neill…to be published in early September. You can secure your copy here…

Price 13.00 Euros plus 6.00 Euros P&P (worldwide)

Total 19.00 Euros

Once through to Paypal, currency conversion is worked out for you.

I will then acknowledge your order ASAP.

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 You can also pay by cheque, made out to Colette O’Neill and posted to:
Bealtaine Cottage
Ballyfermoyle
Keadue
Boyle
County Roscommon
Ireland

In Search of the Goddess Rising

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A blessed day to you!

This morning is very special, for a series of events have come together to illuminate for me what I have to do next.

An email from a friend,

a dedication for my spring well in the Fairy Wood

and an image of a sacred megalithic grave not far from Bealtaine.

11695934_1624722274432570_241517419746791130_nI am, from this morning, in search of the Goddess in the landscape from Bealtaine to the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding countryside.

14445998_10154563619168267_8856636261920010690_nWhat began as a quest for Eden, thirteen years ago, has evolved into a quest to find the Goddess in all her secret wells, valleys, woods and mountain tops.

10411840_1629048047333326_5746226772228046363_nI have often wrote about her, dreamt of her and felt a need to help her rise from obscurity, for this land was the home of the Goddess before the importation of other belief systems.

In these dark days of violence and destruction, my love for Mother Earth has deepened as I watched her joyful re-emergence from this bereft land.

images (3)My task is complete here.

I will journey out from Bealtaine in search of the story of the Goddess, in search of understanding and, hopefully, of bringing together some of the connections between her and us.

IMG_2353To this end I am writing and photographing my next book as from today!

It will be published by the end of August.

 

If you would like to help me in this quest by purchasing an advance copy, which will be posted to you by the end of the first week in September, you can do so here.

Your support in this project is deeply appreciated…

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bealtainecottage.com/book-2-from-bealtaine-cottage-in-search-of-the-goddess-rising/

The book: “In Search of The Goddess Rising,” by Colette O’Neill

Price 13.00 Euros plus 6.00 Euros P&P (worldwide)

Total 19.00 Euros

Once through to Paypal, currency conversion is worked out for you.

I will then acknowledge your order ASAP.

To reserve your inscribed copy, use this link…

bealtainecottage.com/book-2-from-bealtaine-cottage-in-search-of-the-goddess-rising/

 or this button…

 
 
 You can also pay by cheque, made out to Colette O’Neill and posted to:
Bealtaine Cottage
Ballyfermoyle
Keadue
Boyle
County Roscommon
Ireland

 

 

The Hunger Game

IMG_1213“Globalized industrialized food is not cheap: it is too costly for the Earth, for the farmers, for our health.

IMG_2288The Earth can no longer carry the burden of groundwater mining, pesticide pollution, disappearance of species and destabilization of the climate.

IMG_2290Farmers can no longer carry the burden of debt, which is inevitable in industrial farming with its high costs of production.

IMG_2318It is incapable of producing safe, culturally appropriate, tasty, quality food.

IMG_2303And it is incapable of producing enough food for all because it is wasteful of land, water and energy.

IMG_2309Industrial agriculture uses ten times more energy than it produces. It is thus ten times less efficient.”
Vandana Shiva 

IMG_2307A small reminder of the crossroads we find ourselves at in these times of ecological destruction.

IMG_2306This was something I was discussing with those attending last Saturday’s workshop and how we can all grow something, no matter how small, to add to our daily diets.

IMG_2301The old concept of growing food to the end of it’s lifespan and harvest is no longer considered the only way.

IMG_2312Micro-greens, that is, growing until a small, but perhaps more nutritious harvest is produced and continues to produce, is now considered to be a viable option.

IMG_2311In this way, we can all grow some of the essential nutrition we need for health.

IMG_2310The way to use these small harvest can be as simple as a salad, or even a stir-fry, (one of my favourite meals this year!).

IMG_2298The essential thing is to move away from corporate “hunger” food as much as we can manage.

IMG_2297Hunger food is what is passing in the western world as food, which it is quite patently, not!

IMG_2296This mass-produced, processed stuff is causing us to be both ill and dangerously overweight.

IMG_2295We know it, yet are almost paralysed to extract ourselves from the catastrophic loop! IMG_2294There has never been as much food available or as much prescription medicine doled out!

IMG_2293It’s not difficult to connect the dots!

IMG_2292It is also not difficult to grow food, even without a garden, balcony or even window box. IMG_2291Sprouted beans are incredibly nutritious and can be added to any diet.

IMG_2314Seeds and grains can be added to the simplest of dishes…seeds are easily saved, even from nettles! Foraging in hedgerows and wild areas can produce nutritious add-ons to most diets. I often foraged in small wild areas when living in London. Alys Fowler, among many others, has written some excellent books on the subject. Solving a big problem begins with small, manageable steps!

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Midsummer and the Earth is Singing

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The back door of the cottage lies open.

IMG_2240Outside the birdsong carries vibrant energy over the land.

IMG_2233On this, the longest day of the year, the Earth in the northern hemisphere basks in the glow of seemingly eternal light.

IMG_2221The shades of green seem endless, a patchwork of effervescence with splashes of outrageous colour.

 

Ox-Eye Daisy and Feverfew compete in the borders of the Lughnasadh Garden.

IMG_2225As fast as flowers open they turn to seed and the future summers to come.

 

Bees are everywhere, feasting and dancing through their very own garden of abundance and delight.

IMG_2220The hard work of the winter, creating the Lughnasadh Garden, has paid such rewards as could only have been imagined.

IMG_2215Midsummer marks the year in glorious technicolour and song, as befits Mother Earth. It’s like a birthday for her!

IMG_2187I have run out of space on this land…there is little room for more…yet more grows and arrives as gifts.

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I will be hosting another workshop on July 1st.

IMG_2208The workshop on July 1st covers aspects of co-creating a garden with Mother Earth, creating micro-climates, incorporating fruit and vegetables and the no-dig method of establishing, building and maintaining a regenerative Eden.

IMG_2205 Aspects of seed saving will be part of the day.
IMG_2171A full walk and talk of the gardens will also be included.
IMG_2203You are welcome to take photographs and ask all the questions you may want.
IMG_2200Please allow for the weather in your outdoor clothing considerations…and footwear.
IMG_2199The day begins at 11am and finishes at 5pm.
IMG_2191Morning and afternoon tea and vegan cakes are included.
IMG_2196A vegan lunch, also included, is served at 1.30pm.
Spring water is provided.
The cost is 75 euros.

Please email Colette to check availability as two places are already taken.

IMG_2185As of this posting there are two spaces left.

I will update when all places are filled.

This is the button to use for payment once your place is confirmed.

 

 

If you would like to support the work of Bealtaine Cottage, there are two ways you can do just that…

Here is the link to my new Patreon page
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Here is where you can send a donation via PayPal:
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coletteoneill2010@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Infinite Healing Workshop

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

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As more reports enter the public domain about the decline of flora and fauna in the natural world, the abundance and sounds at Bealtaine Cottage seems to soar.

IMG_2030Those who attended yesterday’s workshop attested to this simple fact, as they explored the paths and gardens that link, one to another, in a seemingly endless journey through Nature.

IMG_2031Rachel Carson wrote this over fifty years ago…

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been travelling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less travelled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”
~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

IMG_2032I am on the road less travelled.

IMG_2033Something of a hermit in a world besieged by those who are driven by acquisition and spiralling discontent.

IMG_2035Bealtaine Cottage now exists as a Ark for Nature. IMG_2034That which has brought humanity to this point of peril, exists outside of Bealtaine.

IMG_2036I continue to tend and stand guard on what, to me, represents the sacred, while churches, temples and shrines gather people to them, looking ever skyward for the meaning of life…yet life clings around their feet, plundered and stamped to dust.

IMG_2037And so I continue on the road less travelled…happy and blessed to be so.

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I will be hosting another workshop on Saturday, July 1st.

For details and to book your place, email

coletteoneill2010@hotmail.com

The Book, “A Cottage and Three Acres”

https://bealtainecottage.com/a-cottage-and-three-acres-the-bealtaine-story/

Thirteen and The Eternal Return

IMG_1913Evening descends.

IMG_1973 The cottage stands silent on the little hill.

IMG_1976Jack, SammyBear and I head off down the cottage lane for a walk.

IMG_1962The clock salutes the hour of ten, as night begins its descent in the west of Ireland.

IMG_1959As we move towards Midsummer, the light holds sway.

IMG_1953I carry words in my head as we make the descent along the little lane, planted on either side with generous intent.

IMG_1951The words were spoken by a Native American many years ago, but are as relevant today as they were then…perhaps more so.

IMG_1950“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to the white man is an ‘unbroken wilderness.’

IMG_1947But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly.

IMG_1940Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.

IMG_1937For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.

IMG_1935But we were wise. We knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard.”
Chief Luther Standing Bear

IMG_1933We carry words and music in our heads, most of which seems trivial in reflection.

IMG_1934I have turned many of my favourite poems, quotes and words into mantras of meditation.

IMG_1920Some, like this one, become prayers.

IMG_1926They were wise.

IMG_1981Their wisdom makes our so-called civilisation appear trite in comparison.

IMG_1982As I climb the lane towards Bealtaine, the air is silent.

IMG_1986Birds have gone to roost.

IMG_1983Night is drawing in.

IMG_1987Bats have taken flight.

SammyBear watches with solemn intent.

IMG_1995As Bealtaine Cottage prepares to celebrate it’s thirteenth Midsummer, the tide of life amidst it’s trees and woodland swells.

IMG_1997In this year of the feminine thirteen, I dedicate this sacred space Mother Earth, free from impoverishment of spirit and death…

IMG_1996the eternal return!

A Peaceful Passing

IMG_1847There is something so simple, yet so unique about Goddess Permaculture. IMG_1848It’s evident to all who visit Bealtaine Cottage. IMG_1849It is the connectedness of everything. IMG_1851Earlier today, whilst walking the woodland gardens, I discovered the body of a fox. IMG_1855It had come to Bealtaine to die…a safe place, a quiet place where only the birdsong held sway in the shady gardens near the silt pond. IMG_1860The beautiful creature had already made itself known to me in the preceding days… IMG_1864Sometime last week, in the early hours of the morning, between three and four, I was awoken by a cry and then Jack barking. IMG_1869I got up and looked out through the glass of the front door. IMG_1873There it was, one of the oldest foxes I had ever seen, quite thin and scraggy, crossing the gravel by the front of the cottage. IMG_1876It is rare for me to rise out of bed at that hour, but something drew me to look. IMG_1877I now know it was this beautiful, old fox bidding me farewell…one last lap of honour around Bealtaine Cottage, before it laid itself to rest in a quiet, cool spot of safety for it’s final hours. IMG_1881I feel honoured that this once beautiful creature chose Bealtaine Cottage to die. IMG_1884A place of sanctuary. IMG_1888Somewhere, in a world where it was hunted, reviled and pushed out, that it found a place to simply die. IMG_1889This evening, as I write, I feel honoured and blessed to have witnessed such a life and peaceful passing.

 

A New Way of Living

Bealtaine Cottage ~ The Oldest, Independent, Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland! Conceived, Designed, Planted and Worked by One Woman!

DSCF1520Food production can be a problem for many people who have little or no access to land.

DSCF1521There are many who live in conditions where even a balcony is a precious space.

DSCF1532I have spoken before about the ways in which access to growing space can be achieved, through allotments, community gardens and the like, but here is something which may prove to be an inspiration, a new way of looking at food, both growing it and eating!

DSCF1527As an aspiring Vegan, (sometimes I miss the mark!) and dedicated grower and lover of all life, I have recently been converted to “Micro Greens.”

DSCF1526The concept is extraordinarily simple!

DSCF1525Seeds such as lettuce, peas, beets, etc., are sown and grown for about two weeks or less, before being harvested and added to dishes.

DSCF1519These Micro-Greens, it is said, contain up to 40% more nutrients than older, traditionally grown and harvested vegetables.

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