Christmas Eve in the West of Ireland

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There was  a full moon on the Winter Solstice, an unusual event and not occurring in my lifetime again, so, very special to me.

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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.

faa095f3-3444-4ff8-85d7-2ed42b2e309cThe youngest member of my little tribe was here, forming a focal point for us all as we gathered to celebrate.

8d34b1d6-9432-4e19-8499-c3160d377e92She is displaying a love for the natural world in her wish to be carried around outside and shown the many aspects of the woodland sanctuary, engaging with me as I show her the trees and birds.

Then, in the blink of an eye, the gathering disappears off to their own homes and further adventures of Yule and I am, once more, alone with Jack, birdsong and the increasing energy of the Otherworld all in and around the cottage.

kClN706URJ+1eNruuPNAmAI venture out to collect a few necessities from town and on my way home am enchanted to pull over the car and embrace the quickening evening.

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Dragon’s Breath as is known, moves silently over the fields.

The evening before Christmas Eve is preparing for a quiet slumber in the way in which only happens at this time of year.

A+%uXWYfRx6NgK5Y3AJXhgMist is rolling in across the lough.

t4c5%4z2Sx60AC3mj67xXgIn the rush that is corporate Christmas, most people have not the time to stop and take in this ethereal beauty…I find myself alone in the blue twilight of an Irish evening in late December.

pPzX8S4KGmhOc53T+CgnUKlVuoXR0eLf0ZPbPZayAThe days that follow a gathering are eerily silent.

The sheer contrast of it all!

mhJKVbkqToSCHLxMv9FUXgI am reminded of my solitude.

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uZAezoSuQJq%s3yu72byHALike the time of year, a reminder that days of quickening light lie ahead, when the light and sounds of Spring will make the quiet evenings something to look forward to.

HMUg9TYOktiVFSwNAnd so I make my way home, immersed in the silence of the land itself, at one with this ancient land, my home.

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Bealtaine Cottage Podcast and Slideshow…Moving Forward!

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dsc04661Welcome to the Cottage Podcast!

dsc04662This is Saturday morning at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland.

Beauty is here on the bed as you can see…she’ll be here all day!

dsc04663After some adjustments, I’ve managed to sort the Podcast in terms of volume. 

dsc04664Here it is, complete with the photos I promised to take this morning. 

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There’s an amazing amount of Shaggy Inkcap mushrooms here at Bealtaine this year…more than ever before!

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A Pagan Woman

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True morality consists not in following the beaten track but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it.

Mahatma Gandhi

DSC00676The word, “morality” comes from Latin, moralitas, meaning “manner, character, proper behaviour” 

DSC00675One would be forgiven for thinking that morality was invented therefore by the Romans…in my view a most immoral culture and empire!

DSC00674Following 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 Africa.

DSC00673Failing to adhere could mean being cast out from society, which was governed in strict terms by the church, in almost every instance.

DSC00671And this has remained de rigeur until recently…in fact, my own lifetime.

DSC00668In fact, social acceptability and indeed family acceptance was predicated upon one’s adherence to religion…or apparent adherence!

DSC00667This blog was preceded and inspired by a conversation I had a few days ago with a family member, a sibling.

DSC00669We both recalled how dominant religion was in our childhood, education and subsequent life outside of Ireland.

My Mother declared towards the end of her life, that she felt fortunate to have reached a time in history when she could ask questions about the institutions that governed much of her life and embrace the possibility of a much bigger picture.

DSC00514 We shared many interesting conversations on many aspects of life…she felt the “lid was off the box!”

DSC00512I have recently declared myself to be a pagan woman, in that I do not believe in any form of killing, for any reason, nor do I believe in a “creator” as in any sky god, including Zeus and I seek the Divine in all life. Mother Earth is both my home and “church,” feeding my deepest spiritual needs.

(Paganism is not dogmatic. Pagans pursue their own vision of the Divine as a direct and personal experience. ~Pagan Federation)

DSC00665 As I revealed this to my brother, we both realised that this would have been impossible to declare for any of our previous family over the course of the last 1500 years .

So, here I am, the first woman in my family for 1500 years to happily and openly declare my spiritual path outside of any established, monotheistic  church or religion and reconnecting with ancient family …that’s quite profound, don’t you think?

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Fracking the Homestead

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Recycled bags and containers at Bealtaine Cottage

Recycled bags and containers at Bealtaine Cottage

Home used to be a place where everything that was needed to live well was grown or made on site by family and neighbours.

Michael Kennedy Mug and Westport Potteries bowl on locally made chopping board

Michael Kennedy Mug and Westport Potteries bowl on locally made chopping board

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. 

Perlagoniums and cats on the window sill

Perlagoniums and cats on the window sill

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 works well!
Missy relaxing on a hot water bottle to ease her tumour…it works well!

Home included a pantry or larder, a cold-store and a well used and scrubbed kitchen table where food was prepared and eaten.

Valerian growing in the gravel around the cottage
Valerian growing in the gravel around the cottage

Today, as part of the massive disconnect  from our lovely Earth, we have fitted kitchens which are made from chemicals and constantly cleaned with chemicals.

Orange waste infusing the air with beautiful aroma on top of the stove
Orange waste infusing the air with beautiful aroma on top of the stove

The emphasis is on keeping a show-house type of environment, where these expensive kitchens are not used to their full potential.

A great cure-all...hot water bottle for Missy Cat
A great cure-all…hot water bottle for Missy Cat

Our lives are chemically infused…with clothes, bedding and bodies immersed in chemical solutions on a daily basis.

Washed in soap, rinsed in rain water and blowing in the wind
Washed in soap, rinsed in rain water and blowing in the wind

Washing machines pound the clothes we buy with chemicals that are washed out into our rivers and oceans, killing life on the way.

The Bealtaine Cottage angel ponders it all...
The Bealtaine Cottage angel ponders it all…

We wonder how cancer, autism, asthma, allergies and depression are so rife within our communities? 

Harvest at Bealtaine Cottage

We seek doctors and drugs to help us live and be well, without paying too much attention to our living state and what the corporations are doing to our environments.

Recycled floor
Recycled floor

Pharmaceutical companies are the most powerful corporate bodies on our planet.
In the US alone in 2011, the pharmaceutical industry spent nearly $29 billion on drug promotion with most of that money targeted at doctors!

Herbs drying naturally

Herbs drying naturally

We are taught not to question, but to accept the status quo of a controlled demolition of society…

A government sponsored controlled demolition of our society!
A government sponsored controlled demolition of our society!

We are viewed by corporation and government alike, as mere consumers. Passive receivers and worker drones.

Awakening and refusing to comply!
Awakening and refusing to comply!

The realization of this state of affairs is the beginning of our personal journey to freedom and a good life.

Wonderful July 2017 Update!

Our Irish Government has passed the bill to ban Fracking in Ireland!

This was signed into law by President Higgins in July 2017!

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Passionate Gardeners and Outdoor Living

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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 Artisan Cottage.

We all had tea on the veranda, deciding that the outdoors was where it was at!

When I lived in London it became a Saturday ritual to go to the local park and the Teahouse therein for an early morning coffee…just to be outdoors! Summer and Winter alike, the same glorious ritual applied and more often than not it was shared with friends and family.

It is always the little cafe or teashop I go in search of…the big franchise, multi-national , always the same, just does NOT do it for me…!

Trying to control nature is not an aspect of personality of the passionate gardener…well, not that I have found! Valerian has found its own way up by the side of the tool-shed and there it will continue! Putting down a mulch or a sheet to stop growth of weeds is as much control as I have it in me to exercise…apologetically I may add…

Mulching around a garden sculpture, (home-made), using freshly shredded waste…

And mulch will keep the no-dig beds looking neat and work-free!

Some of the new beds this morning…mulched paths in between work really well and cost zero to make!