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Wild Atlantic Way


A visit to the wild Atlantic Ocean marks the day that’s in it!

The turning of another year for me, so close to the Celtic New Year, I can almost taste the wood-smoke in the air from Samhain bonfires.

The ocean is strong and volatile today, churning and heaving life, as it crashes on the stony shore of Strandhill in Sligo.

This is my birthday, the beginning of my sixth decade experience with Mother Earth.


Visiting the Ocean is as close as I can get to her heart beat, rhythmic and strong…pounding out the pulse of life upon the shores of this most westerly habitation.

White horses ride the water as it breaks further out.

Children are on mid-term holiday from schools and line the promenade, with parents keeping watchful eye on the wild foam.

I look for a small stone upon the shore, one I can put into my pocket and hold easily in my hand as we venture home.


I feel renewed, invigorated, and ready to leave the last decade behind me, as I embrace the first day of my future.


Thanks to all you wonderful friends…it’s been a beautiful first day!

XXXX Colette at Bealtaine Cottage XXXX


14 years of Goddess Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland...drop in, power up! Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer and teacher who has devoted the past 14 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process.

16 thoughts on “Wild Atlantic Way

  1. Happy Birthday, and congratulations upon entering decade 6. I am in #7, which is proving to be a great time to live also.

  2. Oh what a wonderful place to spend your special day, by the ocean. Happy Day to you. I agree with Julie the world is indeed a better place for having you in it. Your light shines out to bring everyone who encounters your blog closer to this blessed Earth..Thank you for the beautiful photos of your ocean and of the very kind beautiful lady who brings so much joy to others… You… Blessings to you always.

  3. Belated Happy Birthday, Colette. You look fantastic in the photos -glowing with energy and contentment. Have some lovely Bealtaine Cottage Kale seedlings in my greenhouse. Thanks a mill. Margaret .

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