Colette O'Neill, Innovator of Goddess Permaculture Plantswoman Teacher Writer and Photographer
I have had a love affair with the Irish Cottage for most of my life.
The image in my head of a typical cottage is one of nurture and contentment.
A place that nestles into the landscape…
This was the cottage of my great grandmother, Mary Anne Higgins-Baxter, in Omagh, on the Derry Road.
The gable end faced the road as was the custom.
I carry with me lovely, soft, memories of her beautiful home.
She died before I could get to know her, but her cottage was just filled with her incredible energy and spirit!
This cottage, where birds and bees feel just as at home as humans…there are always lots of small gaps around the roof and walls where insects, bats and birds can over-winter.
Such imperfection is perfect for life…
Surrounded by Nature, freshened by gentle breezes and beckoning one to venture in…
Frank Lloyd Wright once said that, “The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built.”
Frank Lloyd Wright was right!