The Perfect Permaculture Plant …

A Permaculture plant is one that is perfectly suited to that space in nature, soil, climate, site, micro-climate, etc., A plant that is comfortable in that zone and one that adds to the bio-diversity possibilities on the land space you inhabit. One that provides food, whether for yourself, animals, insects or the soil…thereby keeping the loop healthy and working. Covered with tiny droplets of rain, this Cow Parsley looks exquisite, despite the fact that it is hated and despised by so many gardeners, yet home and food and shelter to so many insects. I have vast tracts of Cow Parsley…

The Magic of Autumn, A Permaculture Floor and Free Rose Arch

Pumpkins take pride of place on my dresser back in 2010. There is a brilliant Pumpkin season underway here in the west of Ireland, with some of the biggest and best being grown outdoors, despite the lack of sun this summer. There was an almost full moon in the southern sky last night and the sky was clear and blue this morning. However, rain and storms are forecast! The moon last night was strong enough to light up the back of the cottage. It waxed and shone brightly. I am busy harvesting onions, garlic, herbs, potatoes, chard and loads of…

Under Occupation…Mother Earth needs a Lawyer!

The Earth is in desperate need of protection. Mother Earth is in desperate need of people with integrity to look after her interests…for her interests are our interests. So, what constitutes integrity? Do any of our leaders possess this quality? How often do we say, “there goes a person of integrity…”? Integrity is the “quality or state of being complete”, of being in an “unbroken condition” or state of “wholeness”… entireness, wholeness; the unimpaired state of anything: uprightness: honesty: purity. The problem with many politicians, who make decisions on our behalf, is that they seem not to possess any of…

Fruits of the Earth

Kilronan Mountain rises above the mist early in the morning here in the north west of Ireland. The solace of an early Autumn and a brightening sky. Fruits of the Earth are ready to harvest. Apples scattered on the grass in the orchard are nibbled by night-time visitors and afternoon wasps. The seasonal change-over is happening, hot becomes warm and cool becomes cold. Crocosmia is blooming…the brilliant burnt orange of an artist’s palette. This little flower, once brought to Ireland from South Africa, now colours the roadsides for departing visitors…an orange farewell and abiding memory. The orange flag of Lughnasa…

The Return of Romance

Simplicity of living is much sought after these days. There are television programmes and magazines devoted to the simple life. We are drawn towards images of romantic simplicity…think of all the wonderful books translated into gorgeous films that espouse life before the Industrial Revolution. I have to admit an interest here, as my most read novel is Pride and Prejudice and favourite film is the translation of that book onto the big screen by Deborah Moggach, directed by Joe Wright. It is simply exquisite in it’s attention to detail that reflects the beautiful simplicity of everyday life. And that is…

A Healthy Eco-system Feeds our Spirituality

Eight years ago this did not exist. What is now Bealtaine Cottage, sat in the middle of three very barren, small fields. It is difficult for me to relate to the sad scene I first encountered at that time. Much has changed during the recent years. The land has blossomed into abundance. An abundance I find hard to keep up with. Scant topsoil, clinging to daub on shallow bedrock seemed impossible. It was another Findhorn project in the making. Everything that was reality then has been turned on its head. This was not possible…every note of common sense and knowledge…

The Return of the Divine Feminine and Earth Healing.

For several thousands of years there has been a dominance of patriarchal religion. The role of women has been greatly suppressed and undermined. As a consequence, we have forgotten and been denied the sacred power of the divine feminine. As a woman growing up here in Ireland I was taught that God was male and women were subservient at all times to the male. The role of the feminine was diminished at all levels of society. I recall my mother having to endure a ceremony called, “being churched,” after childbirth. The RC church regarded my mother and all like her…

A Celebration of 200,000 Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland…

Some of the thousands of photographs of life at Bealtaine Cottage over the past few years and a huge “Thank you” to all of you who have made the journey with me…Bless you! Garden to the east of the cottage, Summer 2010 *********************************************** The back door open to let in the cool breeze, Summer 2010 ******************************************************* My spinning wheel placed on the home made floor ****************************************************** The lane at (Bealtaine Cottage), Ballyfermoyle ************************************* A full moon over Bealtaine Cottage ************************************ Angel in the Bog Garden ******************************************* The North Garden full of autumn colour in 2010 **************************************** Wood burning stove in…