Resilience of The Bealtaine Project as Drought and Heatwave Ravage Ireland

Extreme weather conditions have struck once again here in Ireland. Planting over eleven hundred trees over fourteen years has meant resilience for Bealtaine Cottage. This continual onslaught of extreme weather is fast establishing itself as the new normal! From the normally mild summers of Ireland and the UK, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past two weeks! This should be a wake-up call to plant…trees!  Only three months ago the country ground to a halt with severe snow storms and massive fall of snow in 48 hours! Now we are experiencing…

The Pivotal Point

The west of Ireland has been drying out over recent weeks, as the drought continues to make it’s presence felt in streams, rivers and, most importantly for Bealtaine Cottage, Spring Wells…mine in particular! Those attending yesterday’s workshop noted the now empty rain barrels! There is rain promised for Friday the 12th of May…the day when a visitor from America flies in to take up a week long course at Bealtaine Cottage…so rain will be greatly appreciated on this occasion in order to facilitate shower facilities in the cottage! On the plus side, there’s a new wooden veranda to enjoy sitting…

Earth Day at Bealtaine Cottage

Photographs (18 exclusive photos taken today) from the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage on EarthDay 2016. Words from the Earth Day network…on Bealtaine Cottage Good Life. We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channelling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with ground-breaking ideas and by the power of our example. And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a…

End of Empire and Climate Chaos

The greatest concern of our times is happening on a daily basis and affecting every one of us. Weather volatility is real and happening and the Ostriches in power appear impotent against the great forces of Nature. The gabbling media assault our senses with celebrity highs and lows, sport and highly edited titbits of what is happening internationally…all the while keeping away from any real conversation about the chaos that is the weather all around us and those dreaded words: Climate Change. However it is not Climate Change any more…the media have completely missed out on that conversation! It has…

Facing into Climate Chaos…

New post just published on Bealtaine Cottage Good Life website… You can also catch up with all the other posts published exclusively on here… https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/

Climate Collapse

This has been difficult to write. I expect to lose many subscribers. Truth-tellers in an age of illusion are not welcome, in any circles! However, truth be told, I have never sought the high opinion of others, so I am prepared to speak the truth, as I see it! Some of you, maybe even many of you, will decide to unsubscribe to this blog. Be that as it may…I must press on! Climate Change has turned the corner…the one that faces into uncertainty and fear. Yes, I am fearful for what lies ahead for my children and grandchildren. I am…

Country Cottage Journal~Floods

Last night I encountered the severest rainfall ever…it was nothing less than apocalyptic! I was awakened around midnight by the sound of gushing water. It had been raining all day and the forecast was for the rain to persist until around 6am on Sunday morning. Getting up and putting on my dressing gown, I opened the back door and switched on the outdoor light, to witness water rising up towards the door. Grabbing a torch, I shone it along the back of the garden and was amazed to see waterfalls, cascading down from the hill behind the cottage, onto the…

Climate Change…The Elephant in the Room

The conference in Paris is underway as I write this. World leaders have gathered to discuss, debate, harangue and eventually come to some agreement…hopefully! However, there are two aspects of any agreement, that the mainstream media will ignore, in their reporting of the biggest threat to face humankind ever! The first one is evident to anyone living in the developed world: we have to consume less, much less and, in fact, change our entire perspective of how we live with this planet…not, as many say, on this planet!   This means reducing consumption of consumer goods, oil,  but, more importantly,…