Today

The day starts in the dark…making late October mornings seem magical and filled with hope. Walking in the gardens to empty the ashes, open the hen house and collect kindling as the sun rises on this, my birthday. And later, a gift arrives from someone I used to share much of my life with…my ex-husband […]

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Blessed Birth Day

On a sunny October morning, many years ago, my mother decided it was time to ascend the narrow staircase to the bedroom she shared with my father and lie down on the horsehair mattress to ready herself for my birth. I have always been impatient and began my life as I continued it, not waiting […]

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The Spirit of Bealtaine

Even though the day has been drizzly, most of it has been spent out on the land, cutting, pruning and clearing. The paths need cutting back to keep them open. It’s hard work, but there’s lots of brushwood and thicker bits for the stove. Leaves are laying a thick and colourful carpet on the ground. […]

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The Power of Ritual

Ritual, everyday ritual, is incredibly powerful! Examine the ritual of power, be that in the opening of parliament, royal celebrations, religious ceremony…and you begin to see the importance and power of ritual! So where does this fit into a sustainable life or a permaculture smallholding? It is simple to understand in the context of power… […]

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The Great Creatrix

The photographer from Irish Country Magazine has just left…the magazine photo-shoot is over! You can read all about Bealtaine Cottage in the Dec/Jan edition, which will be on the shelves at the end of November! As we walked around the gardens, the conversation turned to the story of how Bealtaine emerged from rushy fields and […]

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A Feast of Autumn

Autumn in the permaculture gardens continues in a glow. It’s near mid October…my favourite month, my birthday month! “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Stoves are keeping the cottage and the lodge warm and snug. The nip in the morning and evening […]

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Forces of Evil

There is so much happening in the world at present that many of you are struggling to keep abreast of all the doom and gloom, with the war machine ramping up into full steam ahead and governments failing to really listen to the will of the people. Of course it is as much about money, […]

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Into the Heart of the Goddess

I came to a little cottage in an unfamiliar place in the west of Ireland ten years ago… I was a very different woman then. I rarely questioned the matrix that was my life. Much has passed. Much of me is gone too. The years here have seen a new woman emerge, one who would […]

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