300,000 Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Gardens

As more and more people follow this blog and the Bealtaine Cottage YouTube channel, one thing is evident.  There is a fast growing movement of people wanting to re-connect with the Earth, grow food, plant trees, secure the future of habitats for bees and wildlife and find their way to food security and a better […]

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The Cultivation of Non-Compliance

Seeds. Sowing seeds and planning sowing seeds…this is the main thread of this week’s work. I am growing seeds in trays and pots on cleared windowsills in the cottage. This is just to get them started, then I will move them to the tunnel. The Irish government has decided to tax everyone’s home. My home […]

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A Spring Day at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

Spring and the day that’s in it…a beautiful morning at Bealtaine Cottage. Missy sleeps in the light of a Spring morning. Outside, on a grassy bank, sheltered by trees and earth mounds, the tiny daffodils, Narcissus, dance in a gentle breeze. Willow, bent into looped fedges vie for space with green Sedge. The heady scented […]

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The Paradigm Shift

Disconnection from Nature means a distancing from the Divine. Belief in government and politics has led us astray. Belief in anything other than ourselves has let us down. The very seeds of creation have been patented by corporations with the hand of governments, our governments, complicit in the evildoing. Our water has been privatised and […]

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As the Bees Die…Our Role in Heaven or Hell

Keeping Bees and making honey turned into Keeping Bees and making money…on a vast commercial scale, with hundreds of hives being transported all over the world, to ensure pollination of vast stretches of monoculture crops. There is an Orwellian feel to this scenario. Something feels so very wrong about this. Alarm bells should have been […]

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Celtic Art and Intuition

I love art and endeavour to surround myself with colour and creativity as much as possible. The artwork of the Celts holds a particular fascination for me, especially the use of colour and knotwork. I’m particularly fond of  Celtic artwork. And even use it on the seed packs I post out all over the world… […]

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Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage in February

The strength of the sun shining on the stone circle is quite powerful. No need to wear a coat today as I work in the permaculture gardens. Frost that had settled on the roof of the cottage during the night dissipated early as the sun rose and illuminated the trees. At this time of year […]

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Permaculture Brings Hope…before and after images!

It’s been almost nine years since I began planting this smallholding in the west of Ireland. Many of you are familiar with the landscape as it looked then. The picture above shows Bealtaine Cottage after a lot of cutting and clearing, around the time that the planting began. This picture shows the same view today. […]

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Cats in the Sink and Frogs in the Pond!

Missy Cat is being stubborn and uncooperative. Frogs are laying spawn in the pond. The sun is shining and snow is promised. All that’s missing is the Mad March Hare! I’ve been having fun stamping my little cat stamp all over the seed envelopes. As you can see it is a specially made stamp that […]

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