As Temperatures Soar…


Ireland has entered an unprecedented heatwave.

IMG_7367Temperatures are up in the late 20s and reaching as high as 32C.

IMG_7368This spells bad news for farmers who have struggled over extreme weather conditions during recent years.

IMG_7369Silage for meat production is under stress, as are crops.

IMG_7370Farmers in the crop producing areas are reporting expected losses of up to 50%.

IMG_7371We should not be surprised.

IMG_7372The climate change model seems to be playing out much as was predicted.

IMG_7373Food production or lack of it, has historically been the force behind the fall of empires and civilisations.

IMG_7374Mother Earth has been stressed and stretched beyond endurance and we are beginning to experience the results of that.

IMG_7375I have made a video this morning in relation to my observations…

IMG_7376On another subject, I am not writing about my transition from my 100 Day juice Fast at the present.

IMG_7377I will write about this in the coming weeks, but feel the need to just get into it and get on with it for the time being.

IMG_7378This website has been rather sparse of late and it’s my intention to write more and post more on here.

IMG_7379So, for the time that’s in it, Facebook will be on hold. 35282538_2041924922712301_7782814506555539456_n (2)

Colette O’Neill is an author and founder of The Bealtaine Project, in the west of Ireland.

The following publications are available only from the Bealtaine Cottage website, as the ethos of Bealtaine conflicts with Amazon and other corporate machines.

All Bealtaine books are printed in Ireland and posted from Ireland…
“A Cottage and Three Acres”
“In Search of the Goddess Rising”
“A Guide to the Deep Midwinter”
“The Magical, Mythical Map”
Link to purchasing the above:

A Cottage and Three Acres

Please email Colette if you would like a particular inscription in your book. From a desolate cottage set in 3 acres of monoculture sadness, to a vibrant, thriving food forest of life…the journey back to Eden over 13 years… Bealtaine Books and Maps are printed in Ireland and posted from Ireland to support the people of Ireland.


Special Offer: Goddess Book and Midwinter Book

In Search of the Goddess Rising and The Bealtaine Cottage Guide to the Deep Midwinter…can be purchased together for for €36.00 which includes P&P Worldwide. Bealtaine Books and Maps are printed in Ireland and posted from Ireland to support the people of Ireland.


Magical Mythical Map of Bealtaine Cottage and Gardens

Beautiful map created by the artist David Gascoigne, especially for Bealtaine Cottage. The picture shows one side of the map…it is printed on both sides, see the photos on this page. The price includes all Postage and Packing to wherever you live in the world! Bealtaine Books and Maps are printed in Ireland and posted from Ireland to support the people of Ireland.


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  1. It seems we have a global heat wave going on. Here in the states the last several days a huge increase in temp was predicted. For our area July is most always very warm with triple digit temps. But I still have this tiny primrose that is thriving under the shade of the sycamore tree. It is my little oracle of hope. This is my least favorite time of year. I would love sunny and 72 with rain twice a month all year long. I’ll never see that day in our area. Our trees really save us in the summer. They are such a blessing. You look sooo cute in your swiss dot dress. Hope you are having a wonderful time visiting your brother. Blessings to you Colette. Lynne

  2. Bealtaine is as beautiful and bountiful as ever. The extreme weather only proves your theory that planting with Mother Earth in mind does work. And it works better than traditional mono- cropping or mega farming. It’s positively sublime.

  3. Here in central North Carolina, it will be 92 today, but that’s expected this time of year. 96 in the shade is hot! I hope your beautiful spot fares well. I hope to visit Ireland some day. My grandparents were from Donegal, which looks like it’s not very far from you. Your photos are always an inspiration.

  4. Facebook on hold, again?! pooh! Hope your summer evolves into better temp conditions for all……has been unseasonably hot here as well….normally do not get our current temp readings until August.

    On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:06 AM, Bealtaine Cottage ~ 14 years of Goddess Permaculture

  5. Wow. It is about 29 degrees here in Connemara. Too hot to work outside after 1p.m. Has made me aware to be more thoughtful before planting trees so that I can build shady areas into this little homestead. So far they have all been put in for wind protection.

  6. Here just east of St. Louis,Missouri, we had a very cool April followed by a record breaking hot May. Most of June has been hot with highs near 90 F and high humidity predictions for the rest of the week.Ugh!

  7. We are expecting above mid 30s temps ourselves, here in Ontario, Canada, next week. I cannot recall a summer in my 60 years that reached temps like that. The misfit between your words and your images is drastic and striking in this post.

    • These are images taken today. Bealtaine stays as Mother earth intended her…covered and sheltered. it is now 35C in the shade or 96F in old money. That’s the SHADE!

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