Book Launch at Bealtaine Cottage


The long awaited day has arrived!

DSC06634I received a delivery from my printers in Dublin, of my book, “A Cottage And Three Acres”. DSC06635It is three years since I put the first chapter on the website and waited for feedback from you, dear supporters of what has become the Bealtaine Project.

DSC06637I recall being  both surprised and elated at the positive response to my writing and your encouragement to continue writing the book.

DSC06638I decided to follow permaculture ethics and have the book printed here in Ireland.

DSC06639I also decided to post the book from Bealtaine Cottage, making full use of my local Post Office which, like many rural Post Offices here in the west of Ireland, is under threat of closure!

DSC06640This way, all the benefits of my effort, go to support rural Ireland, a place I love and care for!

DSC06641One’s decisions in life have rippling effects on all one cares for…and evident that Permaculture can make a difference…


The book is being posted out from my local post Office here in the west of Ireland, as a most practical way of trying to keep my rural Post Office open…for the government has threatened closure on many! This is Pascal McKenna who runs my local Post Office in nearby Drumshanbo.


The books are packed here at Bealtaine Cottage…I have employed a friend to oversee this, who comes in each morning. As you can see, there’s a lot of work underway here!



  1. Yay your book finally arrived today. Have been waiting for a couple of weeks. It was the absolute best timing and was the perfect birthday surprise 🙂

    Lots of quiet time reading ahead

  2. Congratulations! Your book is here, what a tremendous achievement! I am so pleased for you and can’t wait to read it. Just one teeny question, if I order 2 copies to the same address do I pay one lot of P&P or double it up? Many thanks and bright blessings to you, Lovely Being xxx

  3. Have just received my copy of your book. Have just flicked through it and can’t wait to start reading. Not yet though. Need to spend quality time with it!

  4. Congratulations !!! I enjoy all of your posts. They encourage me to do something línea Bealtaine, here in Fisherton, Argentina.

  5. Congratulations dreams can come true thank you for the inspiration I will put in a book order soon I am excited this is just the start of your book writing , love and blessing to you. Sue from somerset

  6. Hi Colette Just so you know I have tried to place an order with two different cards my credit and my debit card , I have been told t hat I cannot use these cards despite there being a good balance in both these accounts.

    Would have loved your book ,

    Also you may be able to sell some of the books through Brigits garden near Galway of which I am a volunteer and a member , you can tell them that I suggested it.

    Well done for using locally and being so ethical,

    warm wishes Sandy


    • Sorry to hear you are having trouble with Paypal, Sandy.
      If you prefer to send me a cheque, that is fine.
      Thanks for suggesting Brigit’s Garden, though am only selling via the Bealtaine Cottage website. Blessings X Colette

  7. This is a great occasion for you, us and Mother Earth. So many more will be inspired to care for our planet.
    Well done and thank you for your generosity of spirit. Margaret

  8. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Colette and a huge thankyou for all you have done and continue to do to inspire and motivate people like myself to do our bit to help heal our own little bit of Eden wherever we are. You truly are a remarkable lady

    love and light


  9. I am so happy and excited for you, the success of the book is so very well deserved. I am unfortunately not in a position to buy one at the moment so I hope you don’t sell out!! 🙂 :-). I have followed your story for many years now and I know that everyone reading the book is in for an awesome read.
    very best wishes and blessings Margy x

  10. So exciting! Can’t wait to read the book Colette! thank you for writing for us all!!!

    Warm blessings from Laois!! xxx

    Veronica and Patrick

  11. Hi Collette, I just ordered your book! I can’t wait to get it. I’m so excited! By the way, we finally moved into our home and I cannot wait to get my seeds started. Just ordered the stuff I need to make my greenhouse tunnel!

  12. Huge CONGRATULATIONS Collette 🎉. I think it is wonderful that you are having it posted locally and so look forward to receiving my copy so that I can get past chapter 3. Thank you for all of your uplifting posts, and all that you do for Mother Earth. Blessings….

  13. Congratulations Colette! You must be delighted to finally be posting the first copies. I can’t wait to read it and I’m so pleased for you. Xx

  14. Oh brilliant! Hard to wait for my copy. Blessings dear lady.

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  15. Ooh isn’t this exciting , I can’t wait to read my book . I would just like to say thank you Colette for being such a lovely warm and kind person , you don’t know how much you have inspired me with my little piece of paradise. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Blessings xxxx

  16. What fabulous news. I’ll have to wait a bit before ordering, but I definitely want to read this. Not only do you do great work around, inside and outside your property, but you are also trying to do all you can to support you national and local economies.

  17. Just ordered my copy and cannot wait to read it. I have been following you for years and absolutely love your style.

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