The Great Disruption

Flo and JackPlanet Earth is a closed system.

Flo and JackMost politicians and all governments simply do not understand that fact!

Bealtaine Cottage interior designThere cannot be infinite economic growth!

view from a window at Bealtaine CottageThe world has limited resources, yet humankind is governed by an extractive mentality, encouraged by those in power to continue extracting the Earth’s resources, regardless of the cost to the next generation…never mind future generations!

roses at bealtaine cottage Ireland June 2013The problem is so big, that it requires one to change everything about the way one thinks, lives and interacts with the world.

compost bucket at Bealtaine CottageThe problem with our current thinking and those who lead us further into the mire, is that denial is the natural response.

Potager garden at Bealtaine Cottage June 2013Those young enough now will look back on this era when food and energy prices soared, as the world population surged.

Morning at Bealtaine Cottage gardens, June 2013The time when tornadoes ploughed through cities, killing and devastating people and homes and sometimes whole communities.

Lunaria in early June 2013 at Bealtaine CottageA time when  floods swept away life and homesteads, as droughts wrecked harvests, while governments aided and abetted the corporations that sought to control our food.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardens in June 2013A time when populations were displaced by continuous disasters that those in government did little to avert or help communities recover from!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture GardensThose alive will ask, “what were they thinking?”

Missy Cat at Bealtaine cottage June 2013”The only answer can be denial,” argues Paul Gilding, Australian environmentalist and former executive director of Greenpeace International.

Trees at Bealtaine CottageGilding writes about this crisis in a new book called The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardens in June 2013”We are heading for a crisis-driven choice…

The Lodge at Bealtaine Cottage June 2013We either allow collapse to overtake us or develop a new sustainable economic model…

Poppy at Bealtaine Cottage June 2013We will choose the latter…

Roses on the verand at Bealtaine CottageWe may be slow, but we’re not stupid.”


  1. Beautifully written, Colette. And my goodness the roses are lovely! I am sad to hear you lost all but one of your chickens 🙁 Another lady whose blog I read had something similar happen.
    Years ago when I lived in Morocco a neighbour had guard geese in his orchards (they provided good fertiliser for the trees too). I am wondering whether a gaggle of geese (is that the right term?) could stand up to Mr.Fox? I can remember those Moroccan guard geese being pretty fierce.

    Warmest blessings x



    I love geese and you are right, they make excellent guards. However, I have just returned from re-homing my one little lonely hen in a lovely garden setting with a chicken-friendly, fox-hating little dog as a friend. I stayed with her for an hour or so and she is finally recovering her personality. She had become very quiet! She is now called “Gloria”…after Gloris Gaynor and her famous song, “I will survive!” Happy days ahead!
    Colette X

  2. Colette, Look into pyrolyzing your human solid waste. It turns solid waste into biochar carbon and sterilizes it. Properly designed, it could provide water heating or even space heating energy as a byproduct. Even so, I would only use human sourced biochar for tree soil amendment and not directly for food / garden soil use. Better to be cautious than suffer from contamination of human pathogens or parasites. – Scott

    Reply from Colette
    Thanks for the info, Scott!
    As you know from reading the blog, I have planted over 900 trees and need a regular supply of manure for the trees I plant.
    Human manure, composted over a 2 year period, is absolutely ideal for that.
    We really need to get informed on this issue.

  3. Reblogged this on teachtherich and commented:
    This blog always feels like a portrait of a saner world; one we would all do well to step toward…

    Reply from Colette…
    Thanks Rickie

  4. So much is wrong, but the “great Disruption” and the “birth of a New World” sounds too much like the New World Order to me. Greenpeace, as far as I know, refuse to discuss the chemtrail problem, because of “lack of resources”. I think chemtrails are the biggest threats to our environment, and it’s not “manmade” it’s “secret establishment” made.

    If Greenpeace would discuss that openly, I might trust them more.

    Reply from Colette…
    Chemtrails are a very real cause for concern and I have written about them previously and yes, no-one appears to be addressing the concern! However, the way in which our extractive mentality is causing such massive, obvious problems, must also be addressed! We do not even give our human waste back to the Earth…a problem which I am presently addressing through the construction of a compost toilet. A new mindset is needed and needs to be cultivated and nurtured!

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