The Tipping Point Moment

 “Right now over  70% of the world population is convinced that something serious has to be done about the dangers facing the planet. …Most of humanity wants to know how to make the change. It’s one of those tipping-point times where things can change unbelievably fast…” ~ Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson, The Cultural Creatives Words of wisdom. Words of vision. The coming times; a glimpse of what’s to come. These times are infused with uncertainty and fear. Many people deal with this by switching off. The Tipping Point has arrived. Most of us know this to be…

Celtic Spring

A weekend of storms has settled into sunshine and showers. The funeral of my darling Mother is over. The future for those she left behind has re-started. A lovely calm has descended upon Bealtaine Cottage. I returned on my own last night, preferring to spend time alone. The evening was filled with lighting stoves, making tea and feeding pets. My mother was a great pragmatist, being a war-child…she was adept at knuckling down, to doing what had to be done! So, it’s easy for me to follow suit. The next few weeks are going to be very busy, as there’s…

The Closing Chapter

Summer began to melt into Autumn at Bealtaine Cottage amidst a flurry of bees and butterflies, more than ever witnessed in the permaculture gardens. Harvesting began and the kitchen was a place of jam jars and bottles, all waiting to be filled and labelled. The glut of blackcurrants became wine, jam and chutney, with even more added to the freezer. Open days and workshops seen a steady stream of visitors to the cottage and gardens. Kindling for the winter stoves continued to be collected and stored in the barn. And the Potager beds kept growing! The recipe for Blackcurrant Chutney…

Lughnasa Gardens and Weddings

As early Lughnasa transforms the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage into a colourful abundance and the harvest continues, the early days of an Irish autumn unfold. The berries on the Hawthorn are turning colour and the magic of a warm autumn fills the air! These mushrooms are growing today near a clump of Birch trees in the woodland gardens further down from the front of the cottage. The willow archway here has closed in on either side as the summer growth has cast even more shade in the new woodland. Bamboo and Dogwood have almost merged to close this path….

A Sacred Space for the Mind

The morning was misty, with an autumnal feel in the air…cool and damp with dew. Cobwebs hung on trees and bushes, sometimes stretching for metres in the air. It felt so liberating to just amble around with tea in one hand, camera in the other and not be oppressed with heat. I don’t tolerate heat too well and look forward to autumn, it being my favourite season of all. The early morning sun began to evaporate the mist, bringing to mind the day ahead and all that needed to be done.  I love the time in the morning before any…

The Paradigm Shift

Disconnection from Nature means a distancing from the Divine. Belief in government and politics has led us astray. Belief in anything other than ourselves has let us down. The very seeds of creation have been patented by corporations with the hand of governments, our governments, complicit in the evildoing. Our water has been privatised and sold to the highest bidder, then sold back to us at massive costs. Our very homes are under attack. Our governments have succumbed to the will of the elite and taxed our homes. Our homes? There is no profit to be made in the place…

Winter Solstice Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage

Fires are lit and food prepared for this, the longest night of the year…the Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage. Loved ones meet again to join the celebration from as far away as Canada, London, Belfast and Dublin. A night to gather around the fire and light the candles around the home. Missy has found her warm spot and will not be moved…we celebrate around her! As preparations for the winter feast are under way, we join together in toasting the year and the time to come. In Latin, solstice means sun set still. This is the still night, the silent night,…

An Alternative Christmas

The frost has settled on the ground all around the cottage. The land looks very much like a Christmas card, with frost sparkling in the early morning sun. There is something so captivating about the light at midwinter…it really is quite magical! The sad thing is that much of the magic has disappeared from Christmas. This special time has become so very commercialised, that it seems near impossible to avoid the frenzy that is now Christmas! However, in recent years I have attempted to do just that, and this year I feel comfortable with my own very special take on…

Bringing Light into your Life

Irish cottages are fairly dark houses, designed to be snug and keep in the heat, working well it has to be said…but I love the light, so have judiciously placed mirrors, here, there and everywhere! This is one near the north window, reflecting light from the west window. A well placed mirror can act like another window in terms of light. I never turn down the offer of a mirror, even a broken one and have even used bits of mirror in the garden to reflect light onto plants. Contentment is often found to be lacking in the world today….