Thanksgiving Blessings from Ireland

Fourteen years ago at the beginning of the Bealtaine Project, I had no contact with anyone in the US. My perception of American people was very much decided by all things Hollywood and the news broadcasts that informed me of all that was negative. It’s shocking how our view of the world lies in the […]

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Benediction

I arise today Through the strength of heaven: Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendour of fire. Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.  ~Saint Patrick  Waking up this morning, I smile, Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each […]

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Lughnasa Eve Blessings

Today is the final day of summer in the Celtic Calendar…Happy Lughnasa! May the days of harvest be filled with abundance and delight! As the Earth offers up her bounty, may your heart be filled with thanks. Enjoy the coolness of the early morning air as the days move inexorably toward Autumn. Take time to […]

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Midwinter Cottage

The air is still. The storm has passed.  Stillness and silence pervades the cottage. Jack is in his bed, and the boys continue to doss away the morning in the Lodge. A midwinter scene repeated all across the northern hemisphere. Someone remarked on the increasing silence they noticed in the world around them. Midwinter is a silent time, […]

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Saint Patrick’s Day Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage

Saint Patrick’s Day! The middle of March in the West of Ireland…and there is much to celebrate! For we have enjoyed a mild winter and fast warming Spring. According to  the old Irish annals, Patrick died in AD 461 on March 17. And so, it is today that we celebrate the greatest non-Irish person as […]

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Bealtaine Cottage ~ Autumn Equinox and Samhain…Lifting the Veil.

Saturday Morning at Bealtaine Cottage Sun and clear skies. As the sun rises in the east, so the moon sets in the west…one of those glorious autumn mornings in Ireland. Today is a busy one for me. Visitors, willow cutting, fedging and lots more. Yes…that is a little tomato you can see in there…this being […]

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