A Grievous Sin

The biggest threat to our food security lurks in the shadowy depths of the Halls of Power…the buildings housing the European Parliament in Brussels. You may or may not be aware of something called The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). TTIP is a trade agreement presently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. In my estimation, this will allow full and unfettered access to our food production, from multi-national corporations, such as Monsanto, that carry the weapon of GMOs. I call this manifestation of utter madness, GMOs, a weapon, because that is precisely what it is…and a weapon…

Why It Matters!

Extreme weather is fast becoming normal. Another storm is on the way. This storm, according to the radio, will unleash a massive amount of water in the form of heavy rain. This morning was beautiful, as the photographs testify, today is one of extremes…or is that normal too? Apart from the predictably unpredictable weather, there is a lot of work getting done here at Bealtaine. I have been moving around the gardens with my secateurs, nipping and cutting here and there, followed by sticking and stamping in other places…inserting cuttings straight into the earth! Most of the shrubs I cut…

Be The Change!

I was listening to a radio show host, Roy of Hollywood on PRNfm radio from New York, tell a caller that change begins with government policy and one person on their own can do little to make a difference…paraphrased, but the essence is true to form. This philosophy is way off mark, for the reality is very, very different. Every action we take, everything we buy, consume or share, is part of the reality WE make, every minute, every hour, every day… I oppose fracking and therefore refuse to use gas… I also refuse to call it ‘natural!’ There is…

The Seed, the Whole Seed, and Nothing but the Seed!

I used to think there was little hope for the lovely Earth we live on…that people did not care and governments would take us all to Hell…on Earth! That was in the past. For several years, since the beginning of this blog, I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of people on-line. Hundreds have made their way here to Bealtaine Cottage to meet in person, share some food and drink and, converse. If these walls could talk, there would be an endless stream of uplifting words and energy, that would be capable of drowning out the drivel of political…

In Violation!

Over the past few thousand years, humankind has regarded Nature as property. This concept is rooted in biblical text and has spawned generations who have regarded themselves as having dominion over the Earth. The feudal system was based on dominion and continues today as a land-grab mentality, based on the principles of ownership and extraction. Where we are at this point in time is the evolution of that concept, that biblical teaching, where we are now forced to try to manage degradation of the environment rather than prevent it. We blow the tops off mountains to extract minerals. Hundreds of…

A Little Something About Me…I’m…

Vegan. Just a little bit of information I thought I would share with you. For me it’s not just the kindest way to live, but the most environmentally friendly way to live. It’s also the cheapest way to live. Vegan means no meat, fish or dairy products. I was watching this great video on the subject, from 1976! I think it’s one of the best on the subject so far…a little dated, I know, but really informative! Take the time to watch it…it’s in 3 parts…

Permaculture Flowers and Food for the Bees!

NAMA to Nature – an idea thought up by Andrew Legge and Serena Brabazon – has a Facebook page which records its work with the message: “Ireland has over 600 ghost estates & 40,000 empty dwellings. Rather than watch government procrastinate let’s help nature take them back.” This is the kind of direct action for the environment I love…don’t you? A link to an article about them…do click on and read, it’s fascinating! Nama to Nature: Why we are planting trees on ghost estates   (via@thejournal_ie) http://jrnl.ie/384378 I thought that was worth sharing with you! Today I made a short video all…

Confronting Empire and Laying Siege…

Revolution starts with self…making personal decisions and changes. “Civil disobedience is the only tool we have left”~ Chris Hedges – Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Dark as the hour may appear, we exist in a dimension of greater opportunity, freedom and possibility than has ever been. ~  “Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it, to mock it with out art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness—our ability to tell stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution…