The Hunger Game

“Globalized industrialized food is not cheap: it is too costly for the Earth, for the farmers, for our health. The Earth can no longer carry the burden of groundwater mining, pesticide pollution, disappearance of species and destabilization of the climate. Farmers can no longer carry the burden of debt, which is inevitable in industrial farming […]

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My Wildest Dreams

Bees are declining all over the world, for multiple reasons. The most serious one in my estimation is habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation…in other words… Homelessness! This is not a problem at Bealtaine Cottage, as Bee habitat and food source creation was implemented in the early years of the Bealtaine project. As a direct consequence […]

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Microbeads…A Call To Action!

You may never have heard of them… Microbeads. Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that have been added to possibly thousands of personal care products sold around the world. Microbeads are hardly visible to the naked eye and flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are NOT designed to […]

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Easy Family Food Vegan Style

This is a photo blog of food…Vegan food made especially for my family, yesterday and today. The recipes are all simple and easy…like this Sweet Potato and Caramelised Red Onion Pate! The food in the first photo consists of a Green Salad with Olive Oil and Basil dressing; Spicy Roasted Veg., Bulgar Wheat and Ginger […]

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Home Grown and Home Made Food

  The cost of food has risen and the overall quality has dropped. Much of the fruit and vegetables being sold in the supermarkets may look good, but the taste is somewhat lacking. Considering these issues, it is fair to say that there could not be a better time to grow your own food, as […]

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From the Fringe…

The start of the week in this sacred place, where edges meet and overlap…a cooling, calming morning.  Yesterday was a day of visits and creating bouquets to take with me. The gardens are flourishing and birthing beauty all around me, so there was much to gather and choose from. This is the tenth year using […]

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Angels and Animals in an Irish Cottage on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve at Bealtaine Cottage. Snow has fallen. The air is cold and a bitter wind blows. It rained hard last night and the streams are in flood. The blackbirds are hungry and have taken to stealing cat biscuits from the bowls on the veranda! The blackbirds are clever creatures and have watched both cats […]

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Winter Solstice Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage

Fires are lit and food prepared for this, the longest night of the year…the Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage. Loved ones meet again to join the celebration from as far away as Canada, London, Belfast and Dublin. A night to gather around the fire and light the candles around the home. Missy has found her warm […]

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Growing Freedom

Growing freedom is manifesting in the new mass movement of allotment holders and people turning their oil-hungry lawns into edible gardens. Freedom and choice is what happens when you decide to grow…whether it’s in a window box or on a half acre smallholding, or more. The mindset of producing food in growing, foraging, making and […]

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