In this time of uncertainty…be prepared!
When I was growing up it was an expectation to be free from debt, ie: mortgage, loans, etc., by the time near retirement.
What has in fact proved to be reality is quite the opposite.
Whereas “debt” was once perceived to be a shameful state, it is now considered to be the absolute norm!
We have been asleep at the wheel, as we have been suckered into a system where we are little more than Serfs.
So what is a “Serf” I hear you ask?
Wikipedia sums it up thus: Serfs who occupied a plot of land were required to work for the Lord of the Manor who owned that land, and in return were entitled to protection, justice and the right to exploit certain fields within the manor to maintain their own subsistence.
Indebtedness, in other words, is the key to not owning one’s own existence.
Many of my…
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This has been difficult to write.
I expect to lose many subscribers.
Truth-tellers in an age of illusion are not welcome, in any circles!
However, truth be told, I have never sought the high opinion of others, so I am prepared to speak the truth, as I see it!
Some of you, maybe even many of you, will decide to unsubscribe to this blog.
Be that as it may…I must press on!
Climate Change has turned the corner…the one that faces into uncertainty and fear.
Yes, I am fearful for what lies ahead for my children and grandchildren.
I am fearful for what I have come to shape my entire being around…Mother Earth.
The violence and uncertainty that lies ahead.
I am not going to put an excess of climate information in this writing.
Step outside and tell me what you experience.
That is all you need to know…FEEL what is happening!
There is something very wrong!
Feel it in your entire being!
Yet…there is hope…for where there is life there is hope and I have always been a pragmatist, optimist and carer.
Hope for me is in the form of pledging…and knowing that I have done my best…that is all I can hope for!
I will do whatever I can to help stop this mad spiral dance of death!
Here is what I pledge…
Only vital air travel…use rail and sea!
No more meat or dairy!
Don’t buy it unless I absolutely cannot do without it!
Power down…use the bare minimum of electricity.
Walk or cycle whenever and wherever I can.
Avoid goods wrapped in plastic.
Absolutely NO VOTE from me to any politician who supports war, on any level…and that includes abstention!
No supporting Fracking…I will not even have a gas lighter in my home! Many in the anti-fracking movement choose gas cookers over electric cookers, despite living within sight of wind turbines!
As for that most contentious of issues…Here are a few facts that may persuade us of our complicity and responsibility in this growing nightmare scenario!
A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. ~ George Monbiot, The Guardian, 22 Dec 2015
This is the worst case, and the figure comes from a farm whose soils have a high carbon content. But the numbers uncovered by a wider study are hardly reassuring: you could exchange your flight to New York for an average of 3kg of lamb protein from hill farms in England and Wales. You’d have to eat 300kg of soy protein to create the same impact. ~ George Monbiot The Guardian, 22 Dec 2015
Climate breakdown looks inevitable – unless we all change our diets. ~ George Monbiot
As a footnote, I am appalled at how all climate scientists I have read so far, have completely IGNORED the effect endless wars in the 20/21st centuries have contributed to Climate Change.
Now that alone should make one think of what we are NOT being told in all of this!
Mother Earth does not lie…step outside and experience the truth!
The Bealtaine Project was initiated, funded and planted by Colette O’Neill, an Irish grandmother, who, twelve years ago, attempted to prove there was no such thing as “poor land,” just abused Earth!
Bealtaine Cottage, obscured by over 1,000 deciduous trees, May 2016.
This was done simply, by caring, planting and nurturing 3 acres of such land in the west of Ireland, back to life!
The Bealtaine Project continues to grow here, on this website and in the hearts and minds of good people all over the world.
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The posting of seeds and pendants will resume on 27th of December. Please do not place any orders until that date.
I am nestling into Yule, preparing to celebrate the Midwinter with my family and friends.
Bless you all and have a wonderful Midwinter and Christmas, filled with love and contentment.
I will continue to post on the Bealtaine Cottage Good Life website during this time.
You had best sit down with a cup of tea, for the truth is quite shocking!
You may not agree with what I have to say.
You may even still be in denial about what is obviously happening and what indeed lies ahead!
Most of those I have spoken with on this life and death scenario have blatantly told me they do not want to know!
In some ways, I don’t blame them…for it is easier to continue life with one’s head in a realm of make-believe and “happy ever afters”, where one has not got to take responsibility for one’s life.
The reality is far too disconcerting to have to look at!
The elephant in the room is, of course, Climate Change.
Politicians, negotiators and big corporations have all been talking the talk about our future.
Let me say that again…Our Future…NOT the future of Mother Earth, for she will go on!
Our children and grandchildren are in danger!
Yet, some of the biggest fights at COP 21, in Paris, are over who pays for climate change…We know who will pay the piper!
Governments are not prepared to jeopardize economic growth to save humanity.
It will be the persistent, unrelenting, driving force of materialism, which will be our downfall.
This may also be recognised as greed.
That has been the death knell for all preceding civilizations and empires.
This time it affects us all, for this time, everything is connected, as we are to Mother Earth.
Most of humanity appear to have morphed into ostriches…and we all know what they do!
Last night I encountered the severest rainfall ever…it was nothing less than apocalyptic!
I was awakened around midnight by the sound of gushing water.
It had been raining all day and the forecast was for the rain to persist until around 6am on Sunday morning.
Getting up and putting on my dressing gown, I opened the back door and switched on the outdoor light, to witness water rising up towards the door.
Grabbing a torch, I shone it along the back of the garden and was amazed to see waterfalls, cascading down from the hill behind the cottage, onto the gravel in my little courtyard.
It was horrendous…and very, very frightening!
I put my raincoat on over my dressing gown, slid into my wellies and clutching the torch, headed up the back garden, to see if it was possible to redirect the torrents.
I spent the next three hours with spade, hoe and rake, trying my hardest to channel the flooding away from it’s path of destruction.
This is extreme weather of biblical proportions!
The result of Climate Change due to the machinations of man…everything points that way!
Preparing the cottage for Yuletide and the Midwinter Feast has been underway for the past week or so.
A smaller stove has been installed in the sitting room and much of the furniture in the cottage has been moved around…a great swap has taken place!
The end of all this turmoil is almost in sight…I breath a big sigh of relief, for the organising of sleeping arrangements, food and fuel is next on my “To-Do” list!
This is a great time of the year for working indoors and in many ways it’s also a good time to prepare for the year ahead, get work done and a sense of order into the cottage.
The weather has been stormy and wet, leaving little time for any works outdoors anyway.
Despite this, it’s lovely to walk in the aftermath of such weather, as mists arise and sunsets glimmer…
Presents are made and wrapped and put to one side, to be taken out after the feast and distributed amidst excitement and anticipation.
Many of the gifts are cherished, home-made and unique.
It’s interesting to note that this appears to be much of a trend now as the big manufacturers are attempting to emulate the same “home-made, folksy, country craft” look.
It also shows that people are tired of the commercial glitz!
As I write, sitting here in the small study at the front of the cottage, the rain pours down from the heavens.
Storm Desmond is casting it’s remains down upon us!
I have posted Ancient Bog Oak pendants, hand crafted by my brother Hugh O’Neill, to many countries.
There are a few left should anyone want a gift posted from Bealtaine Cottage on their behalf, though time is limited to a few days for posting in time for Christmas.
This is the link…
Blessings to you all on this stormy Saturday…keep snug and warm!