A Pagan Woman

True morality consists not in following the beaten track but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it. ~ Mahatma Gandhi The word, “morality” comes from Latin, moralitas, meaning “manner, character, proper behaviour”  One would be forgiven for thinking that morality was invented therefore by the Romans…in my view a most immoral culture and empire! Following on from the collapse of the Roman Empire, morality became the foremost banner of the Abrahamic religions, as they prescribed the life to be adhered to for those in Europe and later North and South America, as well as large parts of…

Game of Thrones

Western skies move slowly, as clouds bank up from the Atlantic Ocean. Warm air merges with rain sodden earth and the mist rises, wisping it’s way over mountains, that sweep down to bog and lough on the western shores of Europe. Ireland moves inexorably towards Midsummer and Solstice. The settlements dotting the landscape are timeless, houses today, cottages not so long ago and earth forts before that. Mountain, sky, water and earth hold the memory of past lives, all gazed upon by peoples from the past, invader and native alike. This land has captivated the hearts of countless generations, breaking…

Discovery in the Fairy Wood…

Yesterday afternoon and evening was spent down in the Fairy Wood, cutting back the paths and lifting the canopies on some of the bigger trees. My work was intensive and totally absorbing, as you can imagine. It wasn’t until several hours of hard labour had passed that I began to look around me… … for I had moved about ten metres through the wood, without taking much note, other than look at what I was sawing. Taking a breather, I stopped and looked around at the unfamiliar surroundings…I was in a place unknown to me in all the nine years…

The Colours of the Celts

Creativity was associated with orange, as well as sexuality and fertility. Think of the egg yolk…only a deep orange yolk is really healthy and full of goodness. Invoke this colour in areas of your home where you want to express these elements. Green is infused with beauty and fertility, but also prosperity. In Feng Shui, it is advised to paint the front door of one’s home red so as to attract prosperity, but my door is painted green and the real prosperity is quite tangible at Bealtaine Cottage. As for beauty, well, that speaks for itself, for what is not…

A Life in the Country ~ Tree Spirits

If … a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.  But … if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.  ~Henry David Thoreau Life’s funny like that! Have we got it all mixed up then? You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbour, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Compost, Potatoes, The Fairy Tree and a Cold Winter to Come!

Potatoes growing by the east side of the shed. Did you know that there are about five thousand potato varieties worldwide?                            Potatoes do not keep very well in storage and are vulnerable to molds that feed on the stored tubers, quickly turning them rotten.  However, I left potatoes in the ground over the course of last winter, when all was frozen solid for six long weeks…and they were dug out after the defrost and were perfect! I think it may have been the layer of straw that was atop the ground! Throughout Europe, the most important new food in the…

European Monoculture Monsters…The Struggle for Biodiversity. Permaculture and Gaia.

Ferns…some of the oldest living plants in our world. When I began the Bealtaine Permaculture Project back in 2004 there were few of these beautiful plants anywhere on this land. I remember digging one up in a woodland not far from here and planting it in the small, wannabe woodland that was to become the Fairy Dell…and yes, it is certainly magical! From then till now the population of Ferns on this smallholding has steadily increased each year… Since the Banking Crisis broke worldwide it has become evident to me just how embedded  the corporations are with western governments and…

No Money, just Abundance! Permaculture @ Bealtaine Smallholding, Ireland

Through a glass darkly…April Fool in the garden, reflection from a mirror. Today is the first of April and the radio is talking about economic growth, again, and will continue to do ad infinatum…the only growth worth talking about is what happens here, on earth, on terra firma and there is so much growth it can be difficult keeeping up with it. The government’s economic growth for Ireland is only to pay back ginormous debts to Europe! Growth here, at Bealtaine is about food, fuel, wildlife, love and happiness…permaculture paradise. No money…but, no poverty…I look around me at abundance, on…