Lughnasa Eve Blessings

Today is the final day of summer in the Celtic Calendar…Happy Lughnasa! May the days of harvest be filled with abundance and delight! As the Earth offers up her bounty, may your heart be filled with thanks. Enjoy the coolness of the early morning air as the days move inexorably toward Autumn. Take time to preserve your harvest for the months ahead… Bless you all! Bealtaine Cottage is free and has over 850 blogs, as well as over 3,500 photographs. Bealtaine Cottage Good Life is a mere 12 euros per year and allows me a small income, to keep doing…

In Search of Sanctuary

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
“Sanctuary” refers to a place set aside or designated as a protected spot. Under EU Agricultural Policy there is a “Set Aside” plan for farmers to fence off small, protected areas for biodiversity. However, this does not apply to Bealtaine Cottage, as the holding is too small to be significant! I plant and protect for the love of Nature, not for the money from the EU! Maybe that is why there is such diversity packed into these three acres! The more well-known forms of sanctuary are areas set aside by humans for the protection…

Self-Sufficient Living and 145,000 Cats

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
A Salutary Lesson To treat a malaria outbreak in Borneo in the 1950s, the World Health Organization (WHO) sprayed DDT to kill mosquitoes.  But the DDT also killed parasitic wasps which were controlling thatch-eating caterpillars. As a result, the thatched roofs of many homes fell down, and the DDT-poisoned insects were eaten by geckoes, which were in turn eaten by cats. The cats perished, which led to the multiplication of rats, and then outbreaks of sylvatic plague and typhus. To put an end to this destructive chain of events, WHO had to parachute 145,000…

Chevron, Unist’ot’en and Fracking

This morning, as it rained, I wept… I had been watching a short video made by the Unist’ot’en people in Canada. (I have posted a link to this below.) I wept as I listened to the dignified language of truth, simple and eloquent. I wept as I listened to the words of the Chevron representative, disconnected from the beauty, abundance and joy of Mother Earth. I gasped in disbelief as the Chevron men offered plastic bottles of water to the dignified Unist’ot’en people. Chevron attempted to enter unceded Unist’ot’en territory with a gift of bottled water and tobacco, seeking to…

The Haunting…

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
With great longing for home and sadness of leaving, I made the journey back from Connemara today. As I passed Kylemore Abbey, the clouds began a hasty descent, down over the mountains of the pass… I longed for home, but was mesmerized by the play of light and mist that is a magical part of the landscape of the West of Ireland. A landscape that haunts one forever… Their cottage is surrounded by the most ethereal  play of light, being near the shoreline and surrounded by mountains. I first met Terri and Lol when…

Move to Higher Ground

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
We are facing a multitude of crises at this time. War, austerity, climate change, environmental disaster…the list goes on.  Each month seems to bring a stronger cumulative effect in how we are perceiving the world around us…many feel threatened and some even feel doomed. It has been quite some time now since the cost of petrol at the pump has dropped, in fact the opposite has happened, as the cost has climbed steadily, week on week. This tells us, in no uncertain terms, that we have reached Peak oil and there will never again…

Angels

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
Embracing one’s journey means being ready for change. To be ready, one has to be open and receptive. This morning I searched for an explanation of what I experienced in my dreams; the kind of dreams that seem real, so real you get confused, almost trapped between two realms; that of sleep and wake. Before going to bed, I went through the usual ritual of walking Jack around and under the trees near the cottage. The moon was full and very bright…it had risen late. The night was still and the moon was rising…

Growing Food in Cottage Gardens

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
It’s a perfect day for being in the garden, with just the right amount of sun and shade as the voluminous clouds drift overhead, sun shines full in between and there’s just a promise of rain! The roses on the veranda are hanging so low that one has to limbo-dance under them to get in and out of the cottage. In doing this manoeuvre, one gets smothered in the most heavenly scent. My friend, Terri brought lots of cardboard and seaweed from Connemara and I laid the cardboard down in the new orchard yesterday.…