In Search of the Goddess Rising

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A blessed day to you!

This morning is very special, for a series of events have come together to illuminate for me what I have to do next.

An email from a friend,

a dedication for my spring well in the Fairy Wood

and an image of a sacred megalithic grave not far from Bealtaine.

11695934_1624722274432570_241517419746791130_nI am, from this morning, in search of the Goddess in the landscape from Bealtaine to the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding countryside.

14445998_10154563619168267_8856636261920010690_nWhat began as a quest for Eden, thirteen years ago, has evolved into a quest to find the Goddess in all her secret wells, valleys, woods and mountain tops.

10411840_1629048047333326_5746226772228046363_nI have often wrote about her, dreamt of her and felt a need to help her rise from obscurity, for this land was the home of the Goddess before the importation of other belief systems.

In these dark days of violence and destruction, my love for Mother Earth has deepened as I watched her joyful re-emergence from this bereft land.

images (3)My task is complete here.

I will journey out from Bealtaine in search of the story of the Goddess, in search of understanding and, hopefully, of bringing together some of the connections between her and us.

IMG_2353To this end I am writing and photographing my next book as from today!

It will be published by the end of August.

 

If you would like to help me in this quest by purchasing an advance copy, which will be posted to you by the end of the first week in September, you can do so here.

Your support in this project is deeply appreciated…

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The book: “In Search of The Goddess Rising,” by Colette O’Neill

Price 13.00 Euros plus 6.00 Euros P&P (worldwide)

Total 19.00 Euros

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Bealtaine Cottage
Ballyfermoyle
Keadue
Boyle
County Roscommon
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The Hunger Game

IMG_1213“Globalized industrialized food is not cheap: it is too costly for the Earth, for the farmers, for our health.

IMG_2288The Earth can no longer carry the burden of groundwater mining, pesticide pollution, disappearance of species and destabilization of the climate.

IMG_2290Farmers can no longer carry the burden of debt, which is inevitable in industrial farming with its high costs of production.

IMG_2318It is incapable of producing safe, culturally appropriate, tasty, quality food.

IMG_2303And it is incapable of producing enough food for all because it is wasteful of land, water and energy.

IMG_2309Industrial agriculture uses ten times more energy than it produces. It is thus ten times less efficient.”
Vandana Shiva 

IMG_2307A small reminder of the crossroads we find ourselves at in these times of ecological destruction.

IMG_2306This was something I was discussing with those attending last Saturday’s workshop and how we can all grow something, no matter how small, to add to our daily diets.

IMG_2301The old concept of growing food to the end of it’s lifespan and harvest is no longer considered the only way.

IMG_2312Micro-greens, that is, growing until a small, but perhaps more nutritious harvest is produced and continues to produce, is now considered to be a viable option.

IMG_2311In this way, we can all grow some of the essential nutrition we need for health.

IMG_2310The way to use these small harvest can be as simple as a salad, or even a stir-fry, (one of my favourite meals this year!).

IMG_2298The essential thing is to move away from corporate “hunger” food as much as we can manage.

IMG_2297Hunger food is what is passing in the western world as food, which it is quite patently, not!

IMG_2296This mass-produced, processed stuff is causing us to be both ill and dangerously overweight.

IMG_2295We know it, yet are almost paralysed to extract ourselves from the catastrophic loop! IMG_2294There has never been as much food available or as much prescription medicine doled out!

IMG_2293It’s not difficult to connect the dots!

IMG_2292It is also not difficult to grow food, even without a garden, balcony or even window box. IMG_2291Sprouted beans are incredibly nutritious and can be added to any diet.

IMG_2314Seeds and grains can be added to the simplest of dishes…seeds are easily saved, even from nettles! Foraging in hedgerows and wild areas can produce nutritious add-ons to most diets. I often foraged in small wild areas when living in London. Alys Fowler, among many others, has written some excellent books on the subject. Solving a big problem begins with small, manageable steps!

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Supporting the work of Bealtaine Cottage all across social media can be as simple as buying the book…

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Midsummer and the Earth is Singing

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The back door of the cottage lies open.

IMG_2240Outside the birdsong carries vibrant energy over the land.

IMG_2233On this, the longest day of the year, the Earth in the northern hemisphere basks in the glow of seemingly eternal light.

IMG_2221The shades of green seem endless, a patchwork of effervescence with splashes of outrageous colour.

 

Ox-Eye Daisy and Feverfew compete in the borders of the Lughnasadh Garden.

IMG_2225As fast as flowers open they turn to seed and the future summers to come.

 

Bees are everywhere, feasting and dancing through their very own garden of abundance and delight.

IMG_2220The hard work of the winter, creating the Lughnasadh Garden, has paid such rewards as could only have been imagined.

IMG_2215Midsummer marks the year in glorious technicolour and song, as befits Mother Earth. It’s like a birthday for her!

IMG_2187I have run out of space on this land…there is little room for more…yet more grows and arrives as gifts.

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I will be hosting another workshop on July 1st.

IMG_2208The workshop on July 1st covers aspects of co-creating a garden with Mother Earth, creating micro-climates, incorporating fruit and vegetables and the no-dig method of establishing, building and maintaining a regenerative Eden.

IMG_2205 Aspects of seed saving will be part of the day.
IMG_2171A full walk and talk of the gardens will also be included.
IMG_2203You are welcome to take photographs and ask all the questions you may want.
IMG_2200Please allow for the weather in your outdoor clothing considerations…and footwear.
IMG_2199The day begins at 11am and finishes at 5pm.
IMG_2191Morning and afternoon tea and vegan cakes are included.
IMG_2196A vegan lunch, also included, is served at 1.30pm.
Spring water is provided.
The cost is 75 euros.

Please email Colette to check availability as two places are already taken.

IMG_2185As of this posting there are two spaces left.

I will update when all places are filled.

This is the button to use for payment once your place is confirmed.

 

 

If you would like to support the work of Bealtaine Cottage, there are two ways you can do just that…

Here is the link to my new Patreon page
https://www.patreon.com/user?u=6605173

Here is where you can send a donation via PayPal:
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coletteoneill2010@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Infinite Healing Workshop

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

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As more reports enter the public domain about the decline of flora and fauna in the natural world, the abundance and sounds at Bealtaine Cottage seems to soar.

IMG_2030Those who attended yesterday’s workshop attested to this simple fact, as they explored the paths and gardens that link, one to another, in a seemingly endless journey through Nature.

IMG_2031Rachel Carson wrote this over fifty years ago…

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been travelling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less travelled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”
~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

IMG_2032I am on the road less travelled.

IMG_2033Something of a hermit in a world besieged by those who are driven by acquisition and spiralling discontent.

IMG_2035Bealtaine Cottage now exists as a Ark for Nature. IMG_2034That which has brought humanity to this point of peril, exists outside of Bealtaine.

IMG_2036I continue to tend and stand guard on what, to me, represents the sacred, while churches, temples and shrines gather people to them, looking ever skyward for the meaning of life…yet life clings around their feet, plundered and stamped to dust.

IMG_2037And so I continue on the road less travelled…happy and blessed to be so.

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I will be hosting another workshop on Saturday, July 1st.

For details and to book your place, email

coletteoneill2010@hotmail.com

The Book, “A Cottage and Three Acres”

https://bealtainecottage.com/a-cottage-and-three-acres-the-bealtaine-story/

Thirteen and The Eternal Return

IMG_1913Evening descends.

IMG_1973 The cottage stands silent on the little hill.

IMG_1976Jack, SammyBear and I head off down the cottage lane for a walk.

IMG_1962The clock salutes the hour of ten, as night begins its descent in the west of Ireland.

IMG_1959As we move towards Midsummer, the light holds sway.

IMG_1953I carry words in my head as we make the descent along the little lane, planted on either side with generous intent.

IMG_1951The words were spoken by a Native American many years ago, but are as relevant today as they were then…perhaps more so.

IMG_1950“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to the white man is an ‘unbroken wilderness.’

IMG_1947But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly.

IMG_1940Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.

IMG_1937For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.

IMG_1935But we were wise. We knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard.”
Chief Luther Standing Bear

IMG_1933We carry words and music in our heads, most of which seems trivial in reflection.

IMG_1934I have turned many of my favourite poems, quotes and words into mantras of meditation.

IMG_1920Some, like this one, become prayers.

IMG_1926They were wise.

IMG_1981Their wisdom makes our so-called civilisation appear trite in comparison.

IMG_1982As I climb the lane towards Bealtaine, the air is silent.

IMG_1986Birds have gone to roost.

IMG_1983Night is drawing in.

IMG_1987Bats have taken flight.

SammyBear watches with solemn intent.

IMG_1995As Bealtaine Cottage prepares to celebrate it’s thirteenth Midsummer, the tide of life amidst it’s trees and woodland swells.

IMG_1997In this year of the feminine thirteen, I dedicate this sacred space Mother Earth, free from impoverishment of spirit and death…

IMG_1996the eternal return!

A Peaceful Passing

IMG_1847There is something so simple, yet so unique about Goddess Permaculture. IMG_1848It’s evident to all who visit Bealtaine Cottage. IMG_1849It is the connectedness of everything. IMG_1851Earlier today, whilst walking the woodland gardens, I discovered the body of a fox. IMG_1855It had come to Bealtaine to die…a safe place, a quiet place where only the birdsong held sway in the shady gardens near the silt pond. IMG_1860The beautiful creature had already made itself known to me in the preceding days… IMG_1864Sometime last week, in the early hours of the morning, between three and four, I was awoken by a cry and then Jack barking. IMG_1869I got up and looked out through the glass of the front door. IMG_1873There it was, one of the oldest foxes I had ever seen, quite thin and scraggy, crossing the gravel by the front of the cottage. IMG_1876It is rare for me to rise out of bed at that hour, but something drew me to look. IMG_1877I now know it was this beautiful, old fox bidding me farewell…one last lap of honour around Bealtaine Cottage, before it laid itself to rest in a quiet, cool spot of safety for it’s final hours. IMG_1881I feel honoured that this once beautiful creature chose Bealtaine Cottage to die. IMG_1884A place of sanctuary. IMG_1888Somewhere, in a world where it was hunted, reviled and pushed out, that it found a place to simply die. IMG_1889This evening, as I write, I feel honoured and blessed to have witnessed such a life and peaceful passing.

 

A New Way of Living

Bealtaine Cottage ~ The Oldest, Independent, Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland! Conceived, Designed, Planted and Worked by One Woman!

DSCF1520Food production can be a problem for many people who have little or no access to land.

DSCF1521There are many who live in conditions where even a balcony is a precious space.

DSCF1532I have spoken before about the ways in which access to growing space can be achieved, through allotments, community gardens and the like, but here is something which may prove to be an inspiration, a new way of looking at food, both growing it and eating!

DSCF1527As an aspiring Vegan, (sometimes I miss the mark!) and dedicated grower and lover of all life, I have recently been converted to “Micro Greens.”

DSCF1526The concept is extraordinarily simple!

DSCF1525Seeds such as lettuce, peas, beets, etc., are sown and grown for about two weeks or less, before being harvested and added to dishes.

DSCF1519These Micro-Greens, it is said, contain up to 40% more nutrients than older, traditionally grown and harvested vegetables.

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