Posted in Autumn, Garden, Inspiration, Ireland, Life, Lifestyle, Permaculture, photography, Spirituality, Thoughts, Trees

The Illusion of Separateness and Our Sacred Mother

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a prison,restricting us to… our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

The Earth, once regarded by ancient tribes as the sacred Mother, is , once more, regarded by the awakened mind, as integral to our lives.

I was reminded of this as I walked the land this evening, taking the photos below.

The moon was waxing and the sky crystal clear.

The thought occurred to me that we are not separate…

We are not separate.

We are all connected.

We are all one.

Do you doubt this?

Each time you take a breath, thank a tree!

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Posted in Bees, biodiversity, Bloom, Country Living, Current Affairs, Ecology, Food, Garden, Growing Food, Nature, Orchids, Permaculture, Uncategorized, Wild Flowers, Wildlife

A Message from the Master of Relativity

There are many flowers that are great for attracting and keeping bees in your garden.

Most of the berry bearing shrubs and trees are essential for the welfare of the bees.

What is a garden without bees?

Just four years… That’s how long Albert Einstein reportedly said the
human race would last in a world without bees. For the master of
relativity, the equation was relatively simple: no more bees = no more
people. ~ Valentine Warner

There is a worldwide problem concerning bees…the bee population is being decimated and people are becoming concerned…no bees=no food, simple as that!

A survey by the British Beekeepers’ Association in May 2010 revealed their members had lost 19% of their colonies (the population that inhabits a hive) in the previous year alone.

Why is this happening?

Well my own take on the problem concerns monoculture…something we should all be concerned with and striving against!

Where monoculture exists, Nature struggles.

Monoculture requires chemicals, Nature struggles.

  Farmers spray chemicals, Nature struggles.

A terrible loop of destruction is fixed into Nature and world governments are complicit with this decline in the bee population!

Are people blind?

Is science operating with a blindfold on?

I have little formal training in the field of horticulture, yet I am aware of the need to encourage and keep bees on my 3 acres.

Even planting willow like this arch above, creates food for the bees.

Planting for the bees is as important as growing food for myself!

In fact, the two go hand in hand!

 It is estimated that one in every three  households in Britain kept bees for honey to supplement the table right up until the 20th Century.

This is something that could, so easily be encouraged by our governments and our departments of agriculture.

As I walked in the garden earlier today,  the bees were continuing to be busy.

This Viburnum is a late flowering bush and very important for any late working bees!

We need to make their lives easier, not more difficult.

We all, including farmers, who own the majority of agricultural land, need to get out there and plant for the bees!

Posted in Current Affairs, Eco-Living, Ecology, Gaia, Inspiration, Permaculture, Sustainable Living

Healing our Environment and Saving our Earth.

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The weather has been mild and very damp, ideal for mushroom growing. Polytunnel this morning at Bealtaine Cottage with Che Mousy Bear strolling through!There are lots of these growing in the tunnel.

Though it’s not actually mushrooms I want to talk about today.

You see there are things on my mind that are troubling me…

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Biting the Hand that feeds YOU!

For if we are to live in the world as we know it, then we have to make changes…

veranda at Bealtaine CottageMother Nature gives, and we take. Most of the time we give nothing back…nothing!

Jan 12 Bealtaine Cottage 004For the past hundred or so years we have demanded and taken more and more!

Bealtaine Cottage midsummer morningThe killing fields of World War One left mountainous mounds of dead
and gave us our agriculture of today,
…chemicals!

We are what we eat.

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Chemicals

From that day to this we have almost drowned Gaia in chemicals!

wild honeysuckle on the table at bealtaine cottageChemicals to force food from the ground.

Chemicals to kill Gaia’s workforce; bees, insects and bacteria.

Bee on Nasturtium flower at Bealtaine Cottage

Chemicals poured in relentless fashion into her rivers and oceans to make our clothes whiter, cleaner and our homes chemical waste grounds.

Cats in the shade at bealtaine cottageWhere babies are reared in exclusion zones that make them weak and sometimes ill…for the good bacteria that aids children in developing strong immune systems, is no longer allowed!

Rain on Nasturtium in the Permaculture GardensWhen we become ill, we then require stronger and more aggressive pharmaceuticals.

The Fairy Wood at Bealtaine CottageAnd so we are trapped within a complex ecocidal system of living that is doomed!

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A Better Way

Yes, there is a better way!

I am exploring aspects of it in whatever small way possible.

But, overall, the solution is simple…

Summer shed at Bealtaine CottageMostly, the solutions require little more than common sense, some small effort and a willingness to keep an open mind and ask questions!

Astrantia by the Fairy Wood at Bealtaine Cottage this morningFor therein lies solutions…millions of them! Each one suitable for our immediate environment.

Veranda at Bealtaine CottageSolutions that empower us and make us integrated, part of the healing, not part of the illness!

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The words of Albert Einstein resonate more today than ever before…

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe … We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self.

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.”
– Albert Einstein