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Where the Wild Things Are…

The evening is grey and still.

Rain has been spluttering out of the heavens all day.

I’ve just been for a short walk outside and made a 5 minute video that is, at present, loading.

This process takes about an hour and sometimes cuts out at  the last minute, meaning it has to start once more from the beginning, so it can be frustrating!

However, the feedback I get from viewers encourages me to keep it all going…that and a sense of getting a real message out about permaculture.

 What the Banks and EU Agricultural Policy Failed to do, Permaculture manages…this is how I see it all at present.

All around me, here in Ireland and beyond, people are realizing just how much they have lost, been short-changed on what life is really all about…

 The endless drive for material wealth and property has been such over the past decades that many have lost sight of the real meaning of existence on this beautiful planet.

Integrity and goodness have been demeaned and mocked, as the elite, in their eternal scavenging for wealth,    have poured foul scorn upon the planet and it’s inhabitants.

Well, here’s the news…permaculture does not require you to have money, spend money or accumulate wealth.

Permaculture is about using what is to hand and recycling and being creative.

By practising permaculture I pour foul scorn upon the destroyers of Nature, creating a portal, here at Bealtaine Cottage, through which her abundant and infinite energies flow.

People are waking up to the fact that their governments have sold them out to the banks and corporations and it is time to turn towards a kinder way of living on this sacred planet. I heartily recommend adopting the permaculture ethics…

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Enjoy today’s video diary from Bealtaine Cottage…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wTVu4vlvSo

Posted in Abundance, Angels, Autumn, Bealtaine Cottage, celebrations, Celtic Mythology, Celts, Cottage, Folklore, Food, Growing Food, Inspiration, Permaculture, Samhain, Smallholding, Spirituality, Uncategorized

A Life in the Country ~ Harvest, Halloween and Magic…

Apples harvested at Bealtaine Cottage last year…you can tell it’s from 2010 as the walls are now blue…though I may repaint them soon, as I mix my own colours and feel a creative moment or two approaching!

Bring forth the raisins and the nuts-
Tonight All-Hallows’ Spectre
struts
Along the moonlit way.
~John Kendrick Bangs

Of course, Apples are the signature of Samhain/Halloween…where would we be without the Apple Ducking Game or the Toffee Apple, or, best of all…the Apple Pie?

Mushrooms are yet another signature of Samhain…

   There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the
dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable
mystery.  ~Joseph Conrad

And the exquisite colours of the leaves…

Stir the fire till it lowe
How like a queen comes forth the lonely
Moon
From the slow opening curtains of the clouds
Walking in beauty to her
midnight throne!
~George Croly

Little beats the delight of walking though deep piles of Autumn leaves on a crisp, sunny day, with a chill in the air!

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and
there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a
beauty who has seen one season too many.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is definitely magic at this time of year as we descend towards Samhain and Midwinter…  

 For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is
a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.  ~Edwin Way Teale

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely
stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Evangeline