Books

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 […]

More

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 […]

More

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 […]

More

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 […]

More

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 […]

More

The Great Disruption

Planet Earth is a closed system. Most politicians and all governments simply do not understand that fact! There cannot be infinite economic growth! The world has limited resources, yet humankind is governed by an extractive mentality, encouraged by those in power to continue extracting the Earth’s resources, regardless of the cost to the next generation…never […]

More