Climate Change…The Elephant in the Room

The conference in Paris is underway as I write this. World leaders have gathered to discuss, debate, harangue and eventually come to some agreement…hopefully! However, there are two aspects of any agreement, that the mainstream media will ignore, in their reporting of the biggest threat to face humankind ever! The first one is evident to anyone living in the developed world: we have to consume less, much less and, in fact, change our entire perspective of how we live with this planet…not, as many say, on this planet!   This means reducing consumption of consumer goods, oil,  but, more importantly,…

As Pleiades Rose…

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
A fabulous sunset on Bealtaine 2015. A Bealtaine filled with much love and sunshine, as visitors came and went all through the day. First arrivals walked up the lane at 10am, with the last leaving at 8pm. At Bealtaine the star cluster known as Pleiades rises in the early morning sky, just before dawn. The Pleiades is a cluster of seven closely placed stars, the seven sisters, in the constellation of Taurus. Bealtaine, was always regarded as a time of “no time” when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest. This morning,…

Midwinter Cottage and Solstice Celebrations

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
The Plants of Christmas The plants traditionally associated with Christmas were  Holly,Mistletoe, Ivy  and Common Yew. These trees and plants have had special roles in earlier religions and past cultures. The Celts in Ireland  had midwinter festivals to celebrate the return of the sun from the shortest day. In the 4th and 5th centuries, 25 December was gradually adopted as the date for Christmas in Europe in order to superimpose on the existing mid-winter festivals. Evergreens  The Roman festival of Saturnalia was a week of public feasting, dancing, singing and gambling. Houses were decorated with evergreens and bunches…

The Second Coming

There is a madness rising in the world. I feel it quite severely. Seek sanctuary in the sacred…your life, your family, your friends…but especially your home, Mother Earth. I hope against hope to keep beauty alive in this little place. Politicians drag their overblown egos to parliamentary podiums to huff and puff their cursed words of war . There is nothing to stop their vile spewing of death and revenge, for our media is the dog that laps at the floor! In a desperate attempt at solace, I turned into the pages of a book. I was in search of…

Paris

The weather has been all over the place during the past few days. Storm Barney has apparently passed over, though as I write, there is a storm whooping up, quite suddenly too, along the valley and mountains, in from the Atlantic seaboard. As you can see from the photographs above, taken yesterday, the sun shone brilliantly, though intermittently! I have just stepped out from the cottage to snap these, literally a few minutes ago. Another storm has just swept in from the west! The colours are uplifting I think, even though there is an inherent violence accompanying them. Mother Nature is…

Make It, Mend It.

As the Winter nights draw in, we have a sense of being confined to home. This is the time when many people feel there is little to do, often resorting to whiling away the evenings doing nothing much…and I speak from personal experience more’s the shame! The reality is actually quite different from that which we first encounter, for this is not time we have to pass, but down time allowing us to catch up, prepare for the lighter days ahead and make plans. There lies ahead of us a mere 5-6 weeks to that most busiest of holiday seasons,…

How To Build Your Own Polytunnel!

The polytunnel at Bealtaine Cottage has stood for eleven years, retaining it’s structure extremely well and providing all year round space for growing food. The plastic remains “as tight as a drum,” as any visitor to Bealtaine Cottage gardens will attest to. In this blog I will endeavour to give you simple instructions on how to build your own polytunnel from scratch, as was done here… To read more, go to Bealtaine Cottage Good life website at… https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/