Magical Woodland by an Irish Castle

Stepping into a magical woodland can be one of the most healing and re-energizing acts of care for oneself. This morning I ventured into the woods around Kilronan Castle and the mystical Lough Meelagh, a short distance from Bealtaine Cottage. I’m glad to have brought my little camera, as am now able to share this […]

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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 […]

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The Romance of Gardening…falling for Gaia

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Transition Town Sligo, Monsanto and No 2 GM

On Saturday, as part of the “March Against Monsanto,” campaign held worldwide, I attended a public meeting to raise awareness about Monsanto,and the many issues surrounding GM foods. John Brennan,a long time anti-GM campaigner,and a member of NO 2 GM,an anti GM organisation, http://www.no2gm.com, was the speaker at this event. As Monsanto, the giant biotech U.S. company […]

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The High Cross of Saint Colmcille under Ben Bulben.

A day away from my permaculture smallholding, to visit the beach of Streedagh, in Sligo. On the journey to the ocean, I stopped off at Drumcliffe to visit the grave of William Butler Yeats. Yeats lies in the little churchyard beside the church where his grandfather was once a clergyman. This was once an early […]

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Permaculture Cottage in the Midst of a Storm, Hugh’s Pews and Shabby Chic!

Missy sits it out…the best a cat can do in the midst of a storm that has raged around the cottage for hours now!  There is somethinginfinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night,and spring after the winter.                                                                                 – Rachel Carson The Sense of Wonder Yesterday, […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Not enough food in Ireland…

Tea after Enniskillen and a shopping expedition for another camera. Recycled of course! A great book shop up there also and by the looks of the cars in the car park, most of the population of North Roscommon and Leitrim were shopping there too! What a relief! It rained yesterday and rained really heavily overnight. […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Abundance…

Harvests continue to develop and flowers bloom at Bealtaine Smallholding. Flowers like these Sedums require little or no attention and soon fill out a space. White Buddleia in full bloom, though there are few butterflies around at the moment. This tree, well, bush really, serves as an air island for the birds nesting in the […]

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Procul omen abesto! Ovid and the Days to Come…

Far be that fate from us…said Ovid over 2,000 years ago… It got me thinking of all I thought would not happen when I first took up growing… We would not destroy our lifeline, the soil, for all that is necessary for life lies within… And yet this is happening all over the developed world, […]

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