Christmas Eve in the West of Ireland

There was  a full moon on the Winter Solstice, an unusual event and not occurring in my lifetime again, so, very special to me. As my ancestors before me, I celebrate the Solstice, marking the longest night of the year and with the promise of all that lies ahead… The ritual of fire and feast, music and drink, gathering of family and friends are all important aspects of the Winter Solstice. The youngest member of my little tribe was here, forming a focal point for us all as we gathered to celebrate. She is displaying a love for the natural…

Bealtaine Cottage Podcast and Slideshow…Moving Forward!

Welcome to the Cottage Podcast! This is Saturday morning at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland. Beauty is here on the bed as you can see…she’ll be here all day! After some adjustments, I’ve managed to sort the Podcast in terms of volume.  Here it is, complete with the photos I promised to take this morning.  There’s an amazing amount of Shaggy Inkcap mushrooms here at Bealtaine this year…more than ever before! The Bealtaine Project is a full-time labour of love for Colette O’Neill, aiming to encourage and support those wishing to live more sustainably “with” rather than “on”” Mother Earth. To this…

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…

Fracking the Homestead

Home used to be a place where everything that was needed to live well was grown or made on site by family and neighbours. A place in which food was prepared several times each day and shared by all present. Many basic necessities were stitched or nailed together by those who used them.  Home used to be a vibrant, thriving project in self-sufficiency, with what was needed to be bought in, purchased on a rare trip to town, or ordered several times each year, to be delivered and stored. Missy relaxing on a hot water bottle to ease her tumour…it…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Passionate Gardeners and Outdoor Living

Passionate and gardening are two words that seem to fit seemlessly together. There were three visitors to Bealtaine this morning and as walking around became enthused to talk of their own gardens! One had brought a photo album to show me…and it was well worth a look, as there were shots taken from just about every angle of her small garden in Dublin. it reminded me of a garden I once tended in London. It was an old garden, created when the house was first built around 1795, so the porportions were conducive to the size of the house…a Georgian…