Morning

The first week of July and there’s a feint scent of Autumn in the air this morning. The morning brings a quiet and gentle beginning to the day, untouched by the continuing perplexities of man. “Man has drawn artificial lines on the chest of the Mother Earth, which have no significance, except for the sake of war and clashes between countries. The soil seems to be the same, the trees the same, the grass the same, and the fragrance of the air, the smell of the earth the same.” ~ Girdhar Joshi Yes it is…all the same…at most times hard…

My Wildest Dreams

Bees are declining all over the world, for multiple reasons. The most serious one in my estimation is habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation…in other words… Homelessness! This is not a problem at Bealtaine Cottage, as Bee habitat and food source creation was implemented in the early years of the Bealtaine project. As a direct consequence of this, the gardens at Bealtaine Cottage are thriving! This is a part of the new Lughnasadh Garden, created especially for the bees and butterflies. One only has to plant it and they will come! One only has to be a little untidy and they…

Microbeads…A Call To Action!

You may never have heard of them… Microbeads. Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that have been added to possibly thousands of personal care products sold around the world. Microbeads are hardly visible to the naked eye and flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are NOT designed to filter out Microbeads! You may have heard of the Plastic Soup swirling around the world’s oceans? Well, Microbeads make up a large proportion of that TOXIC brew! Sea creatures absorb or eat Microbeads. These Microbeads are passed along the marine food chain. Since humans are ultimately at…

Free For All!

It’s been a long and lovely day, filled with wonderful garden visitors, followed by some serious cutting back and clearing over near the tunnel. However, before I begin, I must say that I’ve been reading the comments on the Bealtaine Cottage Magical Gardens site on FaceBook and feel compelled to make a very important comment, for all to read… The lovely Bridget Birkner had this to say about her garden… “Colette, my dear sweet friend. You know I started this year as my first year with Goddess-Inspired Permacultre Gardening and Food Forest since moving here some months ago, but being…

Developing a Woodland from Zero

From monoculture rushy land to woodland in under twelve years. Not just any woodland, but a food forest woodland, as you can see from one of the thousand plus trees planted above…a Greengage! This is the only lawn here, enjoyed by Jack! There follows a series of forty plus photographs taken here at Bealtaine Cottage in July 2016. The Bealtaine Cottage Land Restoration Project was started in late 2004. It was a challenge for one woman with zero resources to restore what was deemed by the EU as “Poor Land”…a term I vehemently challenge! There is no such thing as “Poor Land”…

Creating Environment and Powering Down!

Most of the energy we use at home comes from burning fossil fuels. Using less energy means burning fewer fossil fuels and putting less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Over the past twelve years I have endeavoured to reduce not just my own carbon footprint, but that of Bealtaine Cottage and gardens. When first planting the forest gardens it was important to keep the paths open, so mowing once a week during the growing season was a huge task! That issue is now almost resolves as the trees have shaded the paths… and dropped lots of leaves to create quite…

Climate Collapse

This has been difficult to write. I expect to lose many subscribers. Truth-tellers in an age of illusion are not welcome, in any circles! However, truth be told, I have never sought the high opinion of others, so I am prepared to speak the truth, as I see it! Some of you, maybe even many of you, will decide to unsubscribe to this blog. Be that as it may…I must press on! Climate Change has turned the corner…the one that faces into uncertainty and fear. Yes, I am fearful for what lies ahead for my children and grandchildren. I am…

A Loaded Gun

“Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.” ― Terence McKenna I was shocked when I first read this quote! However, it is not a statement I can debate, because, from where I am at this moment in time, I have to agree. It is short and succinct! It is true. Returning recently from a shopping trip to Sligo, my head aching from the slow trawl around shops, keeping apace with other shoppers, most of whom seemed in a trance-like state, almost zombified; it struck me that many were there as a source of passive…

Forces of Evil

There is so much happening in the world at present that many of you are struggling to keep abreast of all the doom and gloom, with the war machine ramping up into full steam ahead and governments failing to really listen to the will of the people. Of course it is as much about money, power and control, as all the previous slaughter on this struggling little planet. Make no mistake, there are forces of evil at work…and they are ALL man made…there is NOTHING supernatural about them! The bigger picture is, as it always was, about life on this…