Celtic Ireland~Imbolc Rising

And so the wheel turns towards Spring and its tentative beginnings in the West of Ireland as the sun rises tomorrow morn. With the rising of the sun comes Imbolc! Oftentimes it does not look or even feel like Spring, but the light has changed…something that animals see, feel and react to before we do. The understanding of the changing seasons grew from the deep connections between us and the natural world, as can be seen in the word itself, for “Imbolc” refers to sheep’s milk in Old Irish. During ancient times, lactating ewes represented one of the first signs…

Just published on Bealtaine Cottage Good Life…

The Homefront and Using Your Loaf! BY BEALTAINE COTTAGE JANUARY 30, 2016 …The Women’s Land Army provided much of the labour force required. It was simply amazing just how short a time it took for the UK to become relatively self-sufficient in good, wholesome food! To read more, subscribe to Bealtaine Cottage Good Life at…   https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/

Confronting Empire and Laying Siege…

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
Revolution starts with self…making personal decisions and changes. “Civil disobedience is the only tool we have left”~ Chris Hedges – Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Dark as the hour may appear, we exist in a dimension of greater opportunity, freedom and possibility than has ever been. ~  “Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it, to mock it with out art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness—our ability to tell stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being…

A Life in the Country ~ The Growing Disaster of Impoverishment!

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
Early winter and the weather is brilliantly sunny with clear skies above the cottage and moonlit nights that are bright and cold! It’s worth enduring the rain and grey for mornings like this… Colours continue to develop in the densely planted gardens. This palette of colour continues all the year round… Dense planting as is undertaken in any permaculture plan, lends itself well to the enrichment of the soil. Impoverishment of the soil is no natural disaster, in fact it is the result of nothing less than greed…for money! Cash crops and monoculture are…

Today at Bealtaine Cottage

Just published… Today at Bealtaine Cottage BY BEALTAINE COTTAGE JANUARY 27, 2016 Most of you are familiar with Bealtaine Cottage. Bealtaine Cottage is free to all, as it has been for the past five years.   With over 1,000 blogs and 4,000+ photographs, Bealtaine Cottage continues as a free to access website. As a way of supporting the work of Bealtaine Cottage, I have developed a second website… Bealtaine Cottage Good Life. Bealtaine Cottage Good Life is 12 euros per year for full access and allows me a small income, to keep doing what I love doing most…writing about Mother Earth and photographing her. To…

End of Empire and Climate Chaos

The greatest concern of our times is happening on a daily basis and affecting every one of us. Weather volatility is real and happening and the Ostriches in power appear impotent against the great forces of Nature. The gabbling media assault our senses with celebrity highs and lows, sport and highly edited titbits of what is happening internationally…all the while keeping away from any real conversation about the chaos that is the weather all around us and those dreaded words: Climate Change. However it is not Climate Change any more…the media have completely missed out on that conversation! It has…

Goddess Harmony

“The symbol of Goddess gives us permission. She teaches us to embrace the holiness of every natural, ordinary, sensual dying moment. Patriarchy may try to negate body and flee earth with its constant heartbeat of death, but Goddess forces us back to embrace them, to take our human life in our arms and clasp it for the divine life it is – the nice, sanitary, harmonious moment as well as the painful, dark, splintered ones. If such a consciousness truly is set loose in the world, nothing will be the same. It will free us to be in a sacred…

Metamorphosis

2016 is a year of transformation for Bealtaine Cottage. Changes are being put into place this month in preparation for the year ahead. Last year was the busiest year ever for visitors to the cottage…I lost count somewhere around June and with almost every day welcoming new visitors, work on my writing and gardening began to suffer as a consequence. I was guilty of what many enthusiastic people are guilty of…spreading myself too thinly! Already I have many requests from would-be visitors, so have made the decision to take a year off from opening the gardens. There is so much…