The Woodland Cottage

It is Lughnasadh, the last great festival of the Celtic Calendar! The year is tipping towards an end as Samhain marks the beginning of the new year… There has been much change here at Bealtaine Cottage as the canopy of trees has merged to form what is now truly a woodland. This evolution has happened at just the right moment in time as we have witnessed a terrifyingly hot summer and drought…the woodland gardens have come through the worst unscathed…no loss on anything! Beauty now lies between the stones of the great circle. I have flowers to plant here and…

So Grateful

Mother Earth is thriving. Her abundance is nothing less than magnificent. Everywhere on this land She thrives. I have found a great many Cherry Trees She has seeded and grown over the past two years, but have remained hidden in the general mayhem of Spring and Summer, only to be discovered this year as Spring seemed to struggle and lag behind, so allowing me to see. It is simply delightful to behold. The mother tree was planted by me a mere 13 yrs ago and already she has brought forth abundance. This Field Maple is bearing fruit this year and…

Bealtaine Cottage Early Summer Album

It has been some time… “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James Just as the rosebuds are swelling, early Summer makes an appearance. It has been a long cold Winter and Spring. Euphorbia has brightened the veranda with its vivid lime green. And finally, finally the garden stirs into full life. “Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet…

An Important Message…

  First things first…this is an important message! I’m receiving all your messages, including those from Paypal, but, am unable to respond…so here’s what I would like you to do… Please send me a direct email whenever you  send donations or purchase books or seeds, so as I can respond directly to YOUR email address to both acknowledge and thank you! I am more than happy to reply to you ASAP and respond to ANY queries you may have! Now, that being said, I can get on with sharing images captured this morning as I walked the gardens.    …

Morning

The first week of July and there’s a feint scent of Autumn in the air this morning. The morning brings a quiet and gentle beginning to the day, untouched by the continuing perplexities of man. “Man has drawn artificial lines on the chest of the Mother Earth, which have no significance, except for the sake of war and clashes between countries. The soil seems to be the same, the trees the same, the grass the same, and the fragrance of the air, the smell of the earth the same.” ~ Girdhar Joshi Yes it is…all the same…at most times hard…

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 won’t take up too much of your time with words, for I would rather you simply enjoy the images, as I have done whilst drinking my morning coffee and walking the land. Many thanks to Majella and Derek who brought me the beautiful little Oak…

Third Workshop of 2017 at Bealtaine Cottage

The third one day workshop of the year at Bealtaine Cottage is happening on Saturday the 24th of June. There will be a maximum of four people only accepted for this day. The day will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm. Tea/coffee and home made vegan cake in the morning and afternoon, with a full lunch in the middle of the day. This workshop will cover all aspects of sustainable and regenerative living here at Bealtaine Cottage. We will also look at planting and maintaining a Food Forest. You will have the opportunity to ask all the questions you…

2nd One Day Workshop at Bealtaine Cottage

The second one day workshop of the year at Bealtaine Cottage is happening on Saturday the 17th of June. There will be a maximum of four people only accepted for this day. The day will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm. Tea/coffee and home made vegan cake in the morning and afternoon, with a full lunch in the middle of the day. This workshop will cover all aspects of sustainable and regenerative living here at Bealtaine Cottage. We will also look at planting and maintaining a Food Forest. You will have the opportunity to ask all the questions you…

Like Noah

Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah. It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you. Rumi Another five days. Bealtaine. The beginning of Summer. This Bealtaine is the celebration of thirteen years of the Bealtaine project. A project once considered the silly dream of a ridiculous woman. Against all financial advice it was conceived and against all horticultural wisdom it was planned. Planned, planted and grown! The Bealtaine Project is now complete. This land is both resilient and regenerative…it can grow abundance without me. I am now free to observe and delight, potter and sit, all the while…