Book Launch at Bealtaine Cottage

The long awaited day has arrived! I received a delivery from my printers in Dublin, of my book, “A Cottage And Three Acres”. It 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. I recall being  both […]

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The Great Creatrix

The photographer from Irish Country Magazine has just left…the magazine photo-shoot is over! You can read all about Bealtaine Cottage in the Dec/Jan edition, which will be on the shelves at the end of November! As we walked around the gardens, the conversation turned to the story of how Bealtaine emerged from rushy fields and […]

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Bealtaine Cottage Visitors

Special visitors today, as Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Boyle made the long journey from Galway to spend an afternoon exploring the Permaculture Gardens and soaking up the atmosphere at Bealtaine Cottage. Paul’s first novel, “The Wake,” was nominated and long listed for the Man Booker literary prize this year. He is a former deputy-editor of The Ecologist […]

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In a Time of Apocalypse

Apocalypse…full disclosure of all the truth, of what was, is and will be. Most of us are aware of the Biblical connotations of the word,”apocalypse, but few know that the word pre-dates both the old and new testament of the Bible and is actually from Ancient Greek.  The verb form of the Greek means simply “uncover,” and […]

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Morning

Morning in the west of Ireland on a perfect day in late June. The back door of the cottage is open; wood pigeons call softly to one another as blackbirds swoop noisily in and out of the blackcurrant bushes, feasting on the heavily laden stems. Morning…full of stillness and promise, the prelude to a hot, dry day of […]

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Obsession

Morning light floods the kitchen. The sky opens early revealing a mist over the valley. It’s been very dry here in the west of Ireland, so morning mist adds a little dew to the plants and is very welcome. I am busy writing my book, all about Bealtaine Cottage and how it grew from barren […]

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Counting Down the Days

Often times as I sit down to write this blog, it is evening and the day has come to settle here, in the cottage… the lamp illuminating the darkness, Jack sprawled out in front of the stove, with both cats in residence upon the sofas…I squeeze in somewhere! The stillness of the evening pervades the […]

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An Evening with Mr D’Arcy

Snow is falling this evening. It has fallen in small flurries all day, only to melt and try again. This evening the snow is sticking. A near full moon rose in the afternoon sky. Spring has scurried back under a blanket of white. The oven is very hot as the stove has been kept topped […]

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