Bealtaine Cottage was created, using Permaculture ethics and principles, on the poorest of soils, despite all the evidence suggesting the impossibility of success…a vision entirely funded by one woman, Colette O’Neill.
The photos above were taken at the same time of the year, April, but 12 years apart. (Checkout the bare Ash tree at the top of the driveway in both images!)
Despite applying for EU and Irish Government support for the Bealtaine Project, no support has ever been pledged…in fact Bealtaine Cottage and Colette O’Neill have been, over the past twelve years, ignored!
A bitter pill to swallow in a land where agriculture is grant-aided continuously.
Creating and funding the Bealtaine Project has been difficult, in that a mortgage to purchase the cottage and land had to be sought, leaving Colette to carry the debt until the age of sixty seven…no mean task for a woman living on her own.
Nevertheless, Bealtaine Cottage has gone from strength to strength through worldwide good will, support and donations.
In fact, in spite of all the odds being stacked against success, Bealtaine Cottage offers a vision for a world of possibilities and inspiration for all, keeping Mother Earth at the heart of life!
Over the years, your support has provided Colette with a computer, camera, internet access and hope…to spread the message of Bealtaine far and wide.
Supporters of this little place have been drawn to visit from all over the world, enjoying tea and scones in the little kitchen at Bealtaine Cottage.
Bealtaine Cottage now offers a subscription website and seeds for sale at minimal cost to supporters, (this keeps me solvent, only just!)…keeping the main website free for all, along with a NO ADS Youtube channel, Podcast and FaceBook sites.