Posted in Canada, ecocide, Fracking, gas, Mother earth, Planet earth, Unist'ot'en

Chevron, Unist’ot’en and Fracking

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This morning, as it rained, I wept…

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I had been watching a short video made by the Unist’ot’en people in Canada.

(I have posted a link to this below.)

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I wept as I listened to the dignified language of truth, simple and eloquent.

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I wept as I listened to the words of the Chevron representative, disconnected from the beauty, abundance and joy of Mother Earth.

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I gasped in disbelief as the Chevron men offered plastic bottles of water to the dignified Unist’ot’en people.

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Chevron attempted to enter unceded Unist’ot’en territory with a gift of bottled water and tobacco, seeking to conduct work for their Pacific Trail Pipelines hydraulically fractured gas line.

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We are now living through the greatest race to destroy Mother Earth that the human race has ever witnessed…by the few, for the few and all for money that cannot ever return her to health!

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It is a rare day that witnesses my tears.

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I cannot believe the Ecocide taking place in the name of economic growth.

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We need to listen to the voice of Mother Earth, for she speaks through those closest to her.

Please share this video far and wide.

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Posted in Climate, Current Affairs, Earth, Garden, Lifestyle, Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Trees, Uncategorized

Tar Sands Destruction

Canada September 2012

Canada is a beautiful country, with stunning scenery and some of the most spectacular trees I have ever had the pleasure to see.

I visited Canada last September…here I am in Ontario, not far from North Bay.

Canada is, at present, extracting oil from Tar Sands, oil that will be piped into the US via the Keystone XL Pipeline.

It breaks my heart to think that any part of this extraordinarily beautiful country should be sacrificed to the greed of those who (would happily) see Mother Earth so destroyed.

I have posted a link to some basic info about this…

http://ran.org/what-are-tar-sands

Front door at Bealtaine CottageToday has been disturbingly hot.

I don’t tolerate this extreme of heat well, so most of my chores were done this morning, very early and this evening as the day cools into night.

Potager beds at Bealtaine CottageAll that we do on this small, sacred, little planet is all connected, all the good and all the bad.

Rambling Roses at Bealtaine CottageAs a gardener and tender of the Earth, I can state quite categorically, that the weather systems are more extreme and unpredictable.

Raised Potager bedsCause and effect…we are having an effect for sure!

The Lodge at Bealtaine CottageAs I boil the kettle on the rocket stove, fired with dried willow left over from basket making, I remember Canada.

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The Rocket stove…

Posted in Bealtaine Cottage, Cats, celebrations, Celtic Mythology, Celts, Christmas, Cottage, Country Living, Family, Folklore, History, Inspiration, Ireland, Life, Lifestyle, Permaculture, Spirituality, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Winter

Winter Solstice Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage

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Fires are lit and food prepared for this, the longest night of the year…the Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage.

Loved ones meet again to join the celebration from as far away as Canada, London, Belfast and Dublin.

Missy, the solstice catA night to gather around the fire and light the candles around the home.

Missy has found her warm spot and will not be moved…we celebrate around her!

The Solstice Feast at Bealtaine CottageAs preparations for the winter feast are under way, we join together in toasting the year and the time to come.

In Latin, solstice means sun set still. This is the still night, the silent night, the longest night of the year…

The turn of the wheelWinter Solstice is the great stillness before the turning, as the days grow longer.

yuletide tree decked with lights at Bealtaine CottageThe cottage is small, so the tree stands on the veranda outside the window.

This is the celebration of the silent night, a sacred time of rest before the awakening, and the slow build toward longer days.

solstice treeThe human race has observed the solstice for millennia.

This night is a continuation of that sacred tradition.

Inside the cottage Tomorrow we are past the dark and facing into the light.

The ascent to Spring will begin once more.

Happy Solstice Everyone!

Posted in Garden, Growing Food, Herbs, Inspiration, Permaculture, Spirituality, Spring, Uncategorized

Look Who Visited Bealtaine Cottage on Friday!

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United States FlagUnited States 344
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 67
Ireland FlagIreland 42
Canada FlagCanada 26
Sweden FlagSweden 18
Denmark FlagDenmark 9
Australia FlagAustralia 4
Italy FlagItaly 3
India FlagIndia 3
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 2
Belgium FlagBelgium 2

This is the new feature on WordPress and it is just fascinating…a breakdown of visitors to Bealtaine Cottage on Friday.

I love to look at statistics, as these represent real people in real time…and from all over the world!

Seedlings are springing up all over the tunnel, some in pots like these and others in the long beds where they have germinated in the compost.

A little pic from April last year, showing the Kanzan Cherry Tree in blossom…I am hoping for an even better dislaly this year!

Feverfew coming up in the gravel driveway…I must admit to being rather naughty and deliberately shaking seed from plants all over the gravel…I shall NEVER get my driveway tarmaced! That would be the end of such fun!

The delightful little buds on the Hawthorn hedgerow are fast becoming leaves as they unfurl in the bright warmth of an Irish Spring…

Posted in celebrations, Christmas, Country Living, Music

Christmas Eve in Ireland

The cottage awaits Christmas.

Visitors are on their way from Canada.

Logs are chopped and ready for the stove and the table is dressed for the festive coming together.

Holly and ivy decorate the widow ledges.
The tree stands by the window, reflecting lights into the darkness of the midwinter night.

Christmas has arrived!

I wish you a very Happy Christmas!
May you enjoy quiet contentment in all you do this festive season.

And my recipe for a lovely Christmas is simple…a long walk on Christmas day, followed by some good food, drink and a cozy evening, with friends, family, or, by oneself…
Merry Christmas

Perhaps the loveliest version of this beautiful carol — In the Bleak Midwinter {Robert Shaw} http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39h3VVfOoW0&feature=share via @youtube

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Destroying Self-Sufficiency is ALL About CONTROL…Thoughts from a Permaculture Cottage

The Lower pond at Bealtaine this morning.

As I walked around the smallholding I thought about what it is we do to be self-sufficient and ultimately free from tyranny!

Yes…tyranny, because that’s what being at the mercy of the market and banks and importers of food is all about…tyranny!

The world today is governed by commerce, that means banks and business.

These institutions want us to be consumers.

Nothing else!

Just consumers!

In order to be a good consumer it is necessary to have money.

This paper trail enslaves us all.

That is why ‘bartering,’ is referred to as the ‘black market economy.’

Self-sufficiency is about providing as much as one can for oneself, family and wider community.

Is it any wonder that this is not taught in schools?

But then, the ‘make do and mend,’ philosophy does little to support any of the above…

I am not a good citizen.

I did not buy this flowering perennial, the Euphorbia above.

I got a cutting from a friend and propagated it, planted it, allowed it to spread and continued to give this plant forward to other people.

That makes me an economic terrorist.

Yet this is my philosophy for life.

To share.

I am not part of any religion.

Sharing is a human thing to do.

This is a pumpkin grown from a seed saved in Canada, planted yesterday in the tunnel.

I have grown dozens of plants this year  and given most away…because I could and I wanted to.

Growing seeds is an amazing experience as all tenders of Gaia know.

Sharing is liberating.

Why shop when you can share?

Oh dear, am I talking revolution again?

Ha! Ha!

Sharing is a human trait, beaten out of us in this competitive world we are submerged in…

Maybe it’s time to have a major rethink on that, for hard times are here…