Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness

Yesterday I spent much of the day in a workshop group learning all about needle felting. It was a day well spent, for I was with others and being creative. I made this… We often forget how it feels to simply be. To be oneself. To be with others. To be happy. To be quiet […]

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A Big Thank You!

I travelled up to see Christine Coulson this morning at the Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre, to make the presentation of the monies you raised for the much needed Animal Protection and re-homing work she does 24/7! (Mum and son both neutered vaccination and wormed looking to go to new home together sweet cats super friendly) […]

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The Naming of Cats

“The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily, Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or […]

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To The Mountain!

I’ve been spending much of this week catching up with a great many tasks that were backing up around me…cork-tiling the bathroom floor and part of the Lodge floor, clearing the tunnel for the winter crops and all the usual stuff such as clearing and mowing the paths in the gardens! I have got a […]

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Magical Days

Gardens in Spring are one of Nature’s great delights. Here at Bealtaine Cottage the back door remains open and the sun streams in. My grandson, Dylan sips tea, whilst nearby, Charlie sleeps on the rocking chair. It is days like these that are idyllic to recall, as the days of Spring and Summer stretch out […]

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Days of Hibernation

Snow fell today. As I stood by the front of the cottage, the mountain of Sliabh an Iarainn appeared to suddenly rise up in a shroud of white. More often than not it merges into the sky in shades of grey and sometimes blue, but today it stood out proud, gleaming white. This mighty mountain, […]

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Irish Country Magazine

With the sun shining bright in the sky and just a touch of autumn in the air, I spent some lovely time being interviewed for Irish Country Magazine. The interest in sustainable living is growing! I’ll let you know when the interview is published. There is something of an Indian Summer happening here in the […]

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Economy? The Future is Local…the Illusion of Growth

I keep hens. These hens feed into my local economy in small, positive ways. However, these beautiful creatures are not part of Ireland’s economy, despite their consistent hard work! Economic growth is all about measuring the flow of money. Surplus eggs at Bealtaine Cottage are bartered for other goods. The details of that growth are […]

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A Country Remedy

As the days move inexorably towards the fullness of August, visitors come and go. I hear the same words being spoken, from many disillusioned souls, who make their way to Bealtaine Cottage…in search of inspiration and ways to live the better life they dream of having. Seeking a way back that takes them forward is […]

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