Happy New Year from Bealtaine Cottage

 

 

 

 

Seed from the sacred Rowan at Bealtaine Cottage now available.

The ancient peoples of Ireland considered their Earth to be sacred and experienced the natural world as Divine…many lessons to be learned from our ancestors of these islands of Britain.

Mother Earth had a womb…that which lies beneath our feet…and into that was planted the sacred seed. The Mother Goddess nurtured the seed and from that grew all life. Trees, being the oldest living embodiment of the Great Mother, were considered to be a connection to the Otherworld and the very heart of the Goddess.

Plant a portal from Bealtaine…

 

Thanks to Ferris Jay and Nuada for the wonderful music. From the album: Court The Sun by Nuada.

http://www.nuada.net

https://www.facebook.com/nuadamusic/

Traditional Music in the Cottage Kitchen

Aug 2011 Permaculture Cottage 008A special visitor to Bealtaine Cottage today, Gian Castello, dropped by and played some haunting airs and a lively Hornpipe in the cottage kitchen…what an absolute delight!

December 2011 permaculture cottage 002 Gian and his partner, Kitia, will be playing music and recitations around the magical gardens as the season of Lughnasadh progresses towards Samhain.

August 2011 permaculture cottage 010Each one will be recorded for the Bealtaine Cottage YouTube channel.

With special thanks to Lynne who helped it happen!

Monsanto, Bono, Africa and Suicide

He was once a hero of mine.

A singer who sang about the issues I cared about.

But, “Sunday, Bloody Sunday,” has become “Endgame, Bloody Endgame,” as the one time singer who articulated the ideals of a generation, turns advocate and spokesperson for the awful, dreadful, death impregnated, GM seed and food corporations of the globe.

The G8 Summit, where the great and the greedy met to plan their attack on an unsuspecting continent, will go down in history as the final chapter in a globalized attack on the poor and downtrodden of our world.

For we all know about India and the almost quarter of a million dirt poor farmers who have taken their lives in all manner of disturbing ways.

That was about seed.

GM seed.

Seed with great advertising and promises behind it, pushing it upon the most vulnerable upon our sacred Earth.

And, if I know…I, a woman living in the remote west of Ireland without television or daily paper, then I am certain that Bono knows all this and more!

After all, did he not spend time with President Obama at the G8 Summit?

So, why, Bono…why?

Today’s video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqkpQyo5CjM

I write about, film and photograph, Mother Earth, from Bealtaine Cottage, encouraging others to open little portals of healing energy all over the world.

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Christmas Eve in Ireland

The cottage awaits Christmas.

Visitors are on their way from Canada.

Logs are chopped and ready for the stove and the table is dressed for the festive coming together.

Holly and ivy decorate the widow ledges.
The tree stands by the window, reflecting lights into the darkness of the midwinter night.

Christmas has arrived!

I wish you a very Happy Christmas!
May you enjoy quiet contentment in all you do this festive season.

And my recipe for a lovely Christmas is simple…a long walk on Christmas day, followed by some good food, drink and a cozy evening, with friends, family, or, by oneself…
Merry Christmas

Perhaps the loveliest version of this beautiful carol — In the Bleak Midwinter {Robert Shaw} http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39h3VVfOoW0&feature=share via @youtube

Newgrange, Ancestors and Preparing…

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In preparing for the season of Christmas, I follow the age old tradition of having a good old clear out and tidy-up…much to the discerning eyes and critical comments of family and friends…”but why are you changing the furniture around?”  “…re-painting that room…” etc.,  Well, don’t ask me…it’s just what I have always done!

www.bealtainecottage.com 003Yes, indeed, Christmas has some strange effects on people and it’s older than you think…

I am driven with the desire to instill a sense of order upon Bealtaine Cottage as the midwinter festivities approach.

There is a history to this festival that precedes the usual image we hold as the collective ideal…Christmas.

The winter solstice was immensely important.

This was because communities were not certain of living through the winter, and had to be prepared during the previous nine months.

 Food and wine was ready to eat and drink as fruit fermented and animals were slaughtered as feed stocks dwindled.

Hyacinths continue to push their way up through the soil and moss in a pot, placed on a window-sill in the cottage. It’s good to have a reminder of what’s to come…

www.bealtainecottage.com 007Even during the morning, parts of the interior of this Irish cottage can be dim during the months of midwinter.

www.bealtainecottage.com 021Light was and remains the important aspect of winter and our ancestors realized the connection this had to all life.

www.bealtainecottage.com 027That connection, that sense of knowing the elemental forces that governed their lives, was so important to them, that many monuments were erected to this end.

www.bealtainecottage.com 005Here in Ireland, Newgrange is the most important, monumental reminder we have of this elemental connection.

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So today has been a day of tidying and ordering…cleaning the henhouse, sorting wool, cleaning out one cupboard, (well, that’s a start!) and listening to the gentle music of “Altan,” as I go…

As Snow Falls on the Mountain…

Friday morning.

The sun is shining, as snow falls on the mountain and tries to gain ground here in the valley.

Even as the snow falls on Kilronan Mountain, the midwinter sun shines weakly onto the back of the cottage.
The Geraniums continue to bloom…

This is the view of the mountain opposite Bealtaine Cottage this morning.
Snow dustd the top of Kilronan, making it look like a huge Christmas cake!

Rosehips from the Rosa Canina shelter in the lee of one of the pine trees.

Trees of all-sorts and all-colours…the birds approve of all and the landscape is better for the diversity…monoculture is not an option.

The beautiful energy that is Ireland’s greatest hope…it’s young people…

Mike Scott from “The Waterboys,” sings live to a school in Connemara, west of Ireland…feel the energy, wow!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLAPOxpXGkU&feature=related

Midwinter Light and Country Comfort

A simple tea-light in a paper bag.

Comforting and warming.

A table decoration made using greenery from the garden, with a candle in the middle of the oasis.

Judy Collins sings a beautiful rendition of “In the Bleak Midwinter,” …I scoured the web for the best version and I do believe that this is it!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THRaaR0Z_oo

So many traditions and cultures across the globe celebrate this special time…a time of rebirth and renewal.

As we prepare for the shortest day, let’s celebrate in light…

A Life in the Country ~ Wildly Enthusiastic About Little Things…

…Like making a new Willow Archway…

Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house.  With a pile of
warm chocolate chip cookies.  And a book.  ~Dr. SunWolf

…or the sun shining like crazy across the frozen snow on Chritmas Eve…

I am often accused of being childish.  I prefer to interpret that as
child-like.  I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.  I tend to
exaggerate and  and embellish.  I still listen to instinctual urges.  I
play with leaves.  I skip down the street and run against the wind.  I never
water my garden without soaking myself.  It has been after such times of joy
that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work. ~Leo F.
Buscaglia, Bus 9 to Paradise

…or deciding to paint silver stars all over a wall in the cottage…

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of
the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on
the disciplined adult intelligence.  ~

…stepping over wet rocks on a sandy beach on an early summer day…

In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but
the beautiful colors of a rainbow.  ~Papiha Ghosh

…the delight of seeing water drops sparkle like jewels in the early morning sun…

O men, grown sick with toil and care,
Leave for awhile the crowded mart;
O
women, sinking with despair,
Weary of limb and faint of heart,
Forget your
years to-day and come
As children back to childhood’s house.
~

The Man with the Child in his Eyes…Kate Bush…with great pics of Kate as a child… http://youtu.be/Nodmp317h_A

Permaculture Cottage ~ Recipes, Fairies and The Ways of Old

The storm continues to rage. Walking Jack this morning, I was pulled down the road by an over-enthusiastic dog and blown back home by the gale force wind. It was brilliant and energizing and really uplifting!

A Lovely, Tasty, Hot Recipe for a Cold Autumn Day…

Vegan Chilli

  • 4 cloves of garlic  (finely chopped)
  • (1 onion (diced)
  • 2 large cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 250mls passata tomato
  • 500g cooked  red kidney beans
  • 3 tbsps of olive oil
  • 3 tbsps of chilli powder
  • seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons tomato puree

Fry the onion, oil, garlic. Add tomato puree and fry another 2 minutes. Add chilli powder and fry a further 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, passata and beans…let it cook for about 20-30minutes. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste! Yummy…serve on a bed of wholegrain rice, with green salad and fresh deliciou bread…STOP DROOLING!

A Simple Idea to STOP That Draft…

You will need a staple gun or hammer and tacks. Cut a strip of material the width of the door and about 20-30cms deep. Fold and tack to the bottom of the door, with the folded side just touching the floor. Now you are draft free!

And…Fairies…

http://youtu.be/54XztbNJ87g

And, finally for today…the magical and enchanting, Ways of Old, from Loreena McKennitt…

http://youtu.be/0SG6ZITbWpU

With amazing images!