June 2014 020

Morning in the west of Ireland on a perfect day in late June.

June 2014 021The back door of the cottage is open; wood pigeons call softly to one another as blackbirds swoop noisily in and out of the blackcurrant bushes, feasting on the heavily laden stems.

June 2014 022Morning…full of stillness and promise, the prelude to a hot, dry day of high summer.

The cottage will remain a cool sanctuary, as the heat of the day rises golden over the hill of Ballyfermoyle.

June 2014 024Birds will swoop along paths of shade, wings outstretched catching the earthy updraft of chill. 

June 2014 026“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.”
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird  

June 2014 031“Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare, and left the flushed print in a poppy there.”
― Francis Thompson 

June 2014 028The hill at the back of the cottage captures the sounds of the birds, holding them close before echoing onto the walls and through the open door into the cool recesses of the stone.

June 2014 029Leaving this sacred place would never sit easy in my heart, for all that is Bealtaine Cottage has been co-created with the great Mother: Earth, Gaia, Nature…whatever insufficient name we draw upon to express the mystery of the Divine.

June 2014 033My dream to plant a forest will come to pass…in some divine way… 

June 2014 036I dream and manifest the vision in sleep and wakedness.

One day, a beautiful morning such as this will shine through onto a young forest floor, illuminating the darkness of a greed-stricken world. 


  1. Beautiful, beautiful beautiful As your forest grows i can feel the tranquility from afar. You are an amazing person. May we all plant forests like you.

  2. Collette,
    Yours is a soft, continuous voice in the world of Permaculture. I aspire to co-create with Mother Nature something as amazing as Bealtane Cottage. You are an inspiration.

    May your dreams of planting a forest come true!

  3. “illuminating the darkness of a greed-stricken world.”
    What a beautiful way of professing our deepest wish! Your post transpires tranquility & the cottage reminds me of my grandmother’s home where in contrast to its sunny outdoors, the dimness indoors enveloped, welcomed & comforted us… it was never feared nor regarded as depressing.
    Thank you for the share!

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