Garden to Visit in Ireland…Unique…Permaculture!

Yesterday was a busy day for me as I worked tirelessly in the gardens, cutting, clearing and ensuring all the paths are open for visitors. I always carry my camera with me, so here are some of the shots I took on my walk around after I’d finished my work! It was a hard day, but, as you can see, well worth it. I continue today and will share pics later on! Love and Blessings XXX Colette at Bealtaine Cottage To arrange a visit to Bealtaine Cottage and the 3 acre Permaculture Garden created by one woman from monoculture land,…

Rose-hips, Rain and Recipe for Rose-hip Syrup

The sun rises in a cooler sky, as the mist crawls slowly along the valley floor, in from Lough Meelaugh, past Kilronan castle to eventually meet the mists that cover the giant stretch of water that is Lough Allen. Autumn is a time of mists, just as Samhain merges into Winter, so do the mists swirl and merge away off into the low clouds. Lough Allen is an English translation from the Gaelic, meaning ‘Beautiful Lake’, and that it is! The little town of Drumshanbo lies just above the Lough in the County of Leitrim. It is little wonder it…

Thanks!

                           Just to let everyone know the good news…the results have come back on Missy’s tumour and it is treatable! Needless to add, everyone here at Bealtaine is delighted and Missy is especially so! It’s always worrying and upsetting when a much loved pet is ill and worst of all it would seem that the animal often picks up on this…but all is well and we breath a collective sigh of relief! Thanks to everyone for all your good wishes…really, thank you all so much! Salix Tortuosa…or simply,…

Permaculture Cottage Daily ~ Wonderful Visitors, Dr Helen Caldicott and Seamus Heaney

Wednesday 7th September 2011 More Wonderful Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage… But, before I begin… This wonderful young fella turned up at the protest on Monday evening, outside the Council Offices in Carrick-on-Shannon…complete with Gas mask, (Josh Fox) style and home made placard and got a rousing cheer from the protesters! Visitors to the Permaculture Smallholding today… Bernie and Colin. Both inspired and enthused with lots of ideas and lots of free plants to take back to the 7 acres Colin tending near Ballinamore. Wonderful people, filled with good energy and leaving some of it behind for me. I am a great…

No Fracking in Ireland…Protesting at Council Offices in Carrick-on-Shannon

These pictures represent passion. A passion for Ireland. Mother Ireland and the desire to protect her land and water and air and trees and green fields and all that turns a lump in the throat when we think of her. A passion that sees young families, like this one, spending hours of love and care and sharing, designing and painting a banner that evokes a sense of love and a desire to nurture and protect. I need not go through the depressing facts of Fracking. Indeed I cannot…my blood boils with anger and indignation at how my government, here in…

Permaculture Cottage Daily Diary

It’s been a really busy day!  After making the decision to re-design the vegetable garden and move the tyres…and this was several months ago, I finally got my act together to make a start on the work. The Rhubarb in the first line of tyres had become embedded as they had not been divided for about four years or so…it was time to use brute force! Stage one complete…next I will manure and mulch heavily while the soil is warm. Straw on the top will suppress weeds and keep the heavy rains from leaching the soil! I’m doing this now…

Pictures of a Frack Too Far in Ireland…Every Picture Tells a Fracking Story!

These photographs you are about to see were taken in the area of North West Ireland where prospecting for Gas was carried out in recent years. The site was purchased by the company who test-drilled. Local people remember what happened and have spoken to me about it. In some photographs I am standing right on the site! Look in wonder at the beauty. Download and save the pics…these may be some of the last taken of this extraordinary, breath-takingly beautiful landscape…

Creating a Permaculture Garden of Eden…It’s Easy!

Seven years ago this space was a wet, rushy field that hosted a rather angry looking cow…that was on the first day I spied Bealtaine, as it was to become known. Here was the upper field where the orchards are now! There is a pic somewhere on all these posts of that very angry cow, poor thing! Lots of mulching, planting and mulching later, here is the same field…mad, isn’t it? I know I’m always singing the praises of permaculture, but there is no other method I could have followed in order to make this transformation on my own. The…

Ireland and Sacred Earth. Bealtaine Permaculture at the Cottage

I live in Ireland, but then you know that if you’ve been to Bealtaine before. I live in a very beautiful part of Ireland…and you are probably aware of that too. I consider the land sacred. It is our umbilical cord. It feeds and nourishes us all. There is a sacredness in the Earth and many are just awakening to this new consciousness. I came to Bealtaine nine years ago and my journey here has awakened me. The greatest work we can do is to protect the sacred Earth…that’s it for me, simple as! I did not expect what was…