Re-Setting My Life

The virtual world of social media appears to be taking over much of what people refer to as “life!” I challenge this assertion, for having spent the past few years on the most virulent form of social media, FaceBook, I have concluded that much of what passes for interaction is little more than soapbox spouting, increasingly dictatorial shouting at others and re-posting stuff! That is not to say that there are many friends there, but I have made the decision to walk away from it. To this end I’m no longer posting on the FB platform. However I have to…

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…

Bealtaine Cottage Podcast and Slideshow…Moving Forward!

Welcome to the Cottage Podcast! This is Saturday morning at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland. Beauty is here on the bed as you can see…she’ll be here all day! After some adjustments, I’ve managed to sort the Podcast in terms of volume.  Here it is, complete with the photos I promised to take this morning.  There’s an amazing amount of Shaggy Inkcap mushrooms here at Bealtaine this year…more than ever before! The Bealtaine Project is a full-time labour of love for Colette O’Neill, aiming to encourage and support those wishing to live more sustainably “with” rather than “on”” Mother Earth. To this…

As Pleiades Rose…

A fabulous sunset on Bealtaine 2015. A Bealtaine filled with much love and sunshine, as visitors came and went all through the day. First arrivals walked up the lane at 10am, with the last leaving at 8pm. At Bealtaine the star cluster known as Pleiades rises in the early morning sky, just before dawn. The Pleiades is a cluster of seven closely placed stars, the seven sisters, in the constellation of Taurus. Bealtaine, was always regarded as a time of “no time” when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest. This morning, as the Pleiades rose, I walked…

The Great Creatrix

The photographer from Irish Country Magazine has just left…the magazine photo-shoot is over! You can read all about Bealtaine Cottage in the Dec/Jan edition, which will be on the shelves at the end of November! As we walked around the gardens, the conversation turned to the story of how Bealtaine emerged from rushy fields and it became apparent that this story becomes harder to tell…for it all seems so improbable. The story has taken on myth-like qualities as visitors look around, finding it hard to believe that Nature could work such magic…but She has…the Great Creatrix! The gardens are now…

A Country Remedy

As the days move inexorably towards the fullness of August, visitors come and go. I hear the same words being spoken, from many disillusioned souls, who make their way to Bealtaine Cottage…in search of inspiration and ways to live the better life they dream of having. Seeking a way back that takes them forward is how I describe it best. Being able to examine first hand the joys of living simply in order to simply live. Back to a time when home made cakes were the only cakes to be had and bread was made and baked twice a week….

The Forest of Bealtaine Connected

Following on from comments and emails you have written about planting The Forest of Bealtaine, I have realised the international importance of this healing project. You, my dear friends, have been planting this forest all over the world and have gently reminded me of the connectedness of which I so often write. I am dedicating a section of this website to that dream made reality and here’s how… If you have been inspired through Bealtaine Cottage to plant a tree, then can I ask you to email a picture and a few words to me, including your name, country and…

Easiest Ever Compost Toilet

The post you’ve all been waiting for…the Bealtaine Cottage Compost Toilet. Easy to install and simple to use. No running outside on cold mornings to tramp across wet grass to use the toilet! This is located in the bathroom…not quite a bathroom though as I took out the bath and installed a shower instead!  There’s still a little bit of tweaking to be done to finish the project off to a high standard, like decorating the wall where the cistern used to be and making a wooden surround with a small door, but as you can see, it is simple…

The Most Sacred Thing

    Marija Gimbutas was a most extraordinary Archaeologist, perhaps the first archaeologist to look at how life was lived in the days before war! Yes, it is amazing to think that such a world ever existed, but one needs to listen to some of the recordings of her work to understand the magnificence of this discovery. What Marija has to say, in light of my ten years of experience here at Bealtaine, makes perfect sense to me! I have added a link to some of her recordings and lectures at the end of this blog. The work of Gimbutas…