The Woodland Cottage

It is Lughnasadh, the last great festival of the Celtic Calendar! The year is tipping towards an end as Samhain marks the beginning of the new year… There has been much change here at Bealtaine Cottage as the canopy of trees has merged to form what is now truly a woodland. This evolution has happened […]

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Resilience of The Bealtaine Project as Drought and Heatwave Ravage Ireland

Extreme weather conditions have struck once again here in Ireland. Planting over eleven hundred trees over fourteen years has meant resilience for Bealtaine Cottage. This continual onslaught of extreme weather is fast establishing itself as the new normal! From the normally mild summers of Ireland and the UK, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have […]

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WFPB Lifestyle Transition:Day 3

This is Day 3 of my Whole Food Plant-Based, (WFPB) lifestyle. Why lifestyle? Well, the diet industry appears to be predicated upon a “lose it and carry on as before” approach to what is becoming the world’s biggest (excuse the pun) threat to health…obesity and its ensuing problems. I have completed a 100 Day Juice […]

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As Temperatures Soar…

Ireland has entered an unprecedented heatwave. Temperatures are up in the late 20s and reaching as high as 32C. This spells bad news for farmers who have struggled over extreme weather conditions during recent years. Silage for meat production is under stress, as are crops. Farmers in the crop producing areas are reporting expected losses […]

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Shape-shifting in Ireland

The stories of shape-shifting can be found in many cultures throughout the world, but none so prominently as that found in Celtic culture. Within the near area of Bealtaine Cottage can be found a wealth of ancient history many thousands of years old. The Tuatha Dé Danann, the people of the Goddess Danu, were one of […]

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Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness

Yesterday I spent much of the day in a workshop group learning all about needle felting. It was a day well spent, for I was with others and being creative. I made this… We often forget how it feels to simply be. To be oneself. To be with others. To be happy. To be quiet […]

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Observed by Consciousness

Reality only exists when it is observed… These are images I photographed yesterday…what I observed here in the woodland gardens and food forest that is now Bealtaine Cottage. Reality can only be observed by consciousness. Is this why we are here? Are we part of the consciousness of Mother Earth? I believe we shape the […]

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My 100 Day Juice Fast

This was me last summer. I weighed over sixteen stones and felt encumbered by all the excess weight I was carrying. This year, on March 19, at the age of 62, I began a 100 day Juice Fast…for a great many reasons. Today I am over half way through my 100 day journey, Day 63 […]

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So Grateful

Mother Earth is thriving. Her abundance is nothing less than magnificent. Everywhere on this land She thrives. I have found a great many Cherry Trees She has seeded and grown over the past two years, but have remained hidden in the general mayhem of Spring and Summer, only to be discovered this year as Spring […]

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