Home Grown and Home Made Food

  The cost of food has risen and the overall quality has dropped. Much of the fruit and vegetables being sold in the supermarkets may look good, but the taste is somewhat lacking. Considering these issues, it is fair to say that there could not be a better time to grow your own food, as well as make, cook and bake your own food! Today I have been harvesting potatoes and clearing the beds for the next planting or simply for mulching down with cardboard and straw. The compost heap is growing by the day as the beds are cleared…

Desiderata for Our Times

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble;…

View from the Edge of the World

As the Roman Empire came apart at the seams, the safest place to be was on the very edges of that dying empire. I have recently been reading the books, by Robert Harris, detailing the life of the great thinker, orator and statesman, Cicero. It is uncanny how many parallels with modern day life can be drawn from the novels,  ‘Imperium’ and ‘Lustrum’…(the third in the trilogy is yet to be published). Of all the cumulative reasons why the Roman Empire came apart, endless wars, an over reliance on slave labour and corruption in government appear to be at the…

Little Things

A day of many things, but mostly of remembering and giving thanks…thanks for little things…like fresh, Spring water. Seemingly inconsequential things…like an almost filled rain tub, a place where Jack loves to drink. Things many do not see…little things. Of a beautiful card made for me by a visitor… and the wonderful, heartfelt message she wrote. Of all the little things we happen upon in our daily lives… those whose hearts we touch and all who touch our hearts. It is indeed, all the little things, which really matter!

Permaculture Place to Stay in Ireland

Bealtaine Cottage is a Permaculture Smallholding in the West of Ireland that has been developed from barren land over the past ten years. As a way of spreading the permaculture message of hope and regeneration, the gardens and cottage have remained open to visitors from all over the world during this time. Many visitors have spoken of their wish to be able to stay at Bealtaine Cottage and have invariably had to seek accommodation at local B&B homes. This is the Lodge,  dedicated for anyone who wishes to stay and spend more time than just a visit to Bealtaine Cottage….

The Forest of Bealtaine Connected

Following on from comments and emails you have written about planting The Forest of Bealtaine, I have realised the international importance of this healing project. You, my dear friends, have been planting this forest all over the world and have gently reminded me of the connectedness of which I so often write. I am dedicating a section of this website to that dream made reality and here’s how… If you have been inspired through Bealtaine Cottage to plant a tree, then can I ask you to email a picture and a few words to me, including your name, country and…

In a Time of Uncertainty…

Much has happened recently…to disturb the senses and worry the mind. It is as though we have entered dark times. I will not invoke any sense of what has been happening in the world, for social media and the media in general will furnish you with all that is going on. I refuse to be a pessimist and throw my hands to the heavens in despair or anger, for my life experiences have taught me the uselessness of that. Throughout life, we do best to respond to the darkness shed by others, by being creative in whatever small way is…

New Permaculture Orchard

Last year I planted a new orchard at Bealtaine Cottage. To date there are thirty eight fruit trees planted across the three acres of land here. This new orchard was planted on an area previously fenced off and used for hens over a period of years. This is always a good start, as the land was prepared by the hens in terms of manuring and picking over. Before the trees were planted I laid down a generous spread of seaweed and covered this with cardboard, to hold back the weeds for a year or so. Over the morning I have…

From the Fringe…

The start of the week in this sacred place, where edges meet and overlap…a cooling, calming morning.  Yesterday was a day of visits and creating bouquets to take with me. The gardens are flourishing and birthing beauty all around me, so there was much to gather and choose from. This is the tenth year using the roll of cellophane bought for me by my eldest daughter all those years ago as a leaving London present! Small investments can and do go on giving! Walking the gardens this morning, after the rain, with the earth scents rising all around me, it…