Magical Wild Herbs and Other Things

Hawthorn is one of the sacred Ogham trees of Ireland. It goes by the name Huath in Irish,  being the tree that symbolises Bealtaine, the merry month of May! This is also a wonderful, magical herb of abundant medicine. Hawthorn, or whitethorn, is easily identifiable during this time as her creamy blossoms brighten hedgerows, stone […]

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Goddess Permaculture…Here It Is!

This is a morning in early winter, at Bealtaine Cottage in the west of Ireland. On this Sunday, the twentieth day of November, I awoke to frost, clear skies and that bitter cold signalling immersion in Winter. Bealtaine Cottage didn’t always look like this…you can see how it once looked at the bottom of this […]

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Sunshine and Cuttings

It’s like the Mediterranean here at Bealtaine Cottage! The sun is shining and the birds singing like it’s Spring…and it is! This is the second month of Spring on the ancient Celtic calendar and it’s all true to form! Those interested in the Fuchsia cuttings need to hurry and order, as they are fast coming into leaf…another […]

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