Moving with Orion Towards Midwinter

The signs are everywhere… Nights drawing in… Unexpected sunshine on frosted mornings. The bare beauty of trees silhouetted against clear winter skies.  As Orion strides across the evening sky, we draw closer to the Winter Solstice and the darkest, stillest, nights of the year. Winter Solstice celebrations begin on the 21st of December, a time […]

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Time to Redefine Beauty

An old perfume bottle sits atop a stone, moss growing around it, soon enveloping and covering it…such is the growth in a wet climate like Ireland! The beauty of such a small thing never ceases to amaze me! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…maybe some people see this as only waste or junk…but […]

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Circling Celebrations

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home. Edith Sitwell                    And so the story of Autumn and Winter begins, not in cold and […]

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The Midwinter Archives

Midwinter, past and present…all here for you to see! Feeling a touch nostalgic, I decided to share some of the magic of Midwinter with you from previous years. The silvery light of a midwinter sun captures a sense of magic indoors. We are all deeply affected by light and respond in varying ways to it, […]

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Earth Art

I work for the Great Earth Mother. I feel honoured to capture images of her and post them through Bealtaine Cottage. I believe that more and more of human life will come to honour the Great Mother through these images. This is her Art…Earth Art. (These images were captured here at Bealtaine Cottage during the […]

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Who Controls You?

Midwinter approaches. The holiday season draws near. There is no television here at Bealtaine Cottage, so I am unaware of the masses of advertising you are being bombarded with! I realise that the pressure is upon you to spend, spend, spend! But, hold on a minute or two and think about this… Every pound, euro or dollar you […]

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The Great Collapse

The great collapse of society, as we know it, is under way. Most people are unaware of this. Every aspect of controlled living is the same as ever it was. The television keeps pumping out much of the same. Supermarkets hum with shoppers. Christmas lights flicker in shopping centres. The madness of more predominates a […]

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Permaculture in Perpetuity

Permaculture Gardens grow all the year around.   The integration of water as a harvest system brings both light and warmth to the land.  Intensive planting creates so many micro-climate zones that encourage and nurture plants even in the severest of  weather. This was never more apparent than on my garden walk yesterday…a fine day, […]

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Fertile Edges of the Imagination

The day is ending and night is closing in. Floods have swollen the rivers, causing aquifers to burst out across the land. Everywhere is sodden. I put on my wellies to walk the gardens, eager to see the mighty force of water sweeping through the pond. I step in squelching earth underfoot as the last […]

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