Goddess Permaculture 39…Exposed!

Thirty nine photographs of the Goddess at her best, as we rise towards Midsummer…a mere twenty four days away! An abundance of fruit, flowers and vegetables, captured this morning on film, images from a small part of the three acres of Bealtaine Cottage, in the west of Ireland…all growing on this “poor” agricultural land. I […]

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Giordano Bruno

I have been reading much of late…in particular, two books by James Lovelock, setting out the case for Gaia and the ensuing extreme weather generated by a change in our climate, among other things, some would argue!  This is not a blog about Climate Change or, even, extreme weather…enduring it is quite enough! This is about […]

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Using Seaweed in the Garden

After so much rain during the past few weeks, it was a relief to have a relatively dry day! You may remember that last week I visited the Atlantic shoreline to harvest some seaweed to use on the garden. The strands to the south of Sligo town have piles of loose seaweed here and there […]

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Like Children

For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world.  Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the […]

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Summer in the Garden

Being able to upload 31 photos is a real treat for me, and, I hope you will get a taste of Bealtaine Cottage today. I have snapped these minutes ago and come straight in to upload and write this blog…taking time en route to give Jack a cracker treat. As you can see he’s fully […]

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Permaculture Food Forest in Ireland

The leaves are just beginning to bud and appear. Bees are busy at work here in the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…without them this would be a place of hunger. But, it’s not…instead it boasts food for all and more to come. This is what a food forest looks like as the sap rises and life […]

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The Visit

Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming one of my five brothers to Bealtaine Cottage. Felim had visited very briefly once before, some years back, but this visit was different…something here, on this sacred little piece of Ireland, connected with him. The energy that thrives here and the sheer joy of the living Mother Nature […]

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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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Earth Consciousness…A Portal to the Divine

Harvesting is under way. This year more than ever sees an immense increase in the offerings from Mother Earth. Blackcurrants are taking up much of my time over recent weeks. Bag after bag is sealed and placed in the freezer to await further instructions!  Several hundred pounds of Blackcurrants from what was only two original […]

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