Posted in Abundance, consciousness, cosmos, Gaia, Garden, Lifestyle, Permaculture Ireland, Spirituality

Envisioning the “Impossible”

DSC00742Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.  ~Dorothea Brande

DSC00745Many people ask me, time and again,

“Where did you begin planting, Colette?”

“Did you have a plan?”

DSC00747The answer is simple, as is much of what I do and how I live my life…no plans, just a vision!

DSC00746The power of envisioning is just beginning to be understood.

DSC00748Much has been said about this process and, as yet, we have only a small level of understanding how it works, but the process of manifestation is a powerful one indeed. 

DSC00749Dreaming is the first step to becoming. 

To dream of the time ahead is to welcome an inner fold of reality we long for but have not yet realized. 

It is an act not just of hope but of inspiration. 

~Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson

DSC00750At a time when hope seems to be marginalized, almost cast aside, as the grim reality of the world today pervades our lives, creating a vision of a better world can be a powerful beginning.

DSC00751I don’t have a television in my home…that leaves a wonderful void to be filled, and I fill it with imagination and creativity. 

DSC00752Simply unleashing our imaginations can be empowering. 

~Paul Rogat Loeb

DSC00753We really have such little understanding of the power of our imaginations.

DSC00754Yet most of us are aware of the ways in which a troubled mind can manifest and create chaos and unhappiness!

DSC00755If one, then the other (opposite), is equally possible! 

DSC00756If we cannot envision the world we would like to live in, we cannot work towards its creation.  If we cannot place ourselves in it in our imagination, we will not believe it is possible. 

~Chellis Glendinning

DSC00757My vision was always one of co-creating with the Goddess, a Garden of Eden.

DSC00758One of abundance and beauty.

DSC00759A tribute to Mother Earth.

DSC00760I veered away from straight lines, squares, harshness that implied dominance.

DSC00761I wanted to coax Her into life, reassure Her that this would be Her garden.

DSC00763Everything seems to indicate that we must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality. 

~Václav Havel

DSC00762And so it is…

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 end, Colette writes, photographs, films and podcasts regularly every day in multi media form.

Your support is appreciated

Blessings X

Colette at Bealtaine Cottage




Posted in Bealtaine Cottage, Cats, Garden, Inspiration, Ireland, Life, Permaculture, Smallholding, Spring, Thoughts, Woodland

The Pursuit of Happiness

Geraniums on the windowsill at Bealtaine Cottage

There’s a high wind in the skies above the cottage. Stanley stove at Bealtaine Cottage

Wind-chimes are clashing in discordant harmony all over the gardens.

The fire in the stove roars up the chimney, heating up the oven that beckons a cake or a loaf of bread to bake…
Celtic design on the backdoor of Bealtaine Cottage

The sun shines in a baby-blue sky and the cats are spread out on the warm earth.

The back door to the cottage lies open to admit the warmth of the April sun…

Potager bed at Bealtaine CottageI went into town this morning to post off seeds and herbs across the world…little bits of Bealtaine Cottage will soon be air-bound, in planes that will disperse them to many different countries, most of which I have never visited and probably never will.

Nursery bed at Bealtaine CottageThe urge to sow and plant, create gardens and smallholdings and grow, has never been stronger in people all over the world.

Contemplation Courtyard at Bealtaine CottageThere is a magic in the air that is leading us back to the Earth.

The Fairy Wood at Bealtaine CottageThose who encounter this are smitten with the desire to create a garden of abundance, colour, food…a garden of Eden.

Irusan the cat at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture catsIn a world of apparent mayhem and uncertainty, one truth holds true…we have the ability to create a happier place called home.

lettuce in a hanging basket at  Bealtaine Cottage This is the message I am getting from all who write to me, converse on social media and visit Bealtaine Cottage in person.

Bealtaine Cottage Willow CatkinsThere is no need to pursue happiness, for we have the ability to create happiness all around us…today.


Posted in Abundance, Bees, biodiversity, Birds, Cottage, Gaia, Garden, Growing Food, Inspiration, Ireland, Life, Permaculture, Trees, Uncategorized, Wildlife

Create a Permaculture Garden of Eden

Productive abundance can be achieved over time…

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThe secret lies in planting…planting for your life, for speed is important in the precarious world we now inhabit!

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureA good place to begin, apart from food, of course, is with hedges…and remember that any shrub, tree or perennial can make a hedge.

Bealtaine Cottage permacultureIn my book, hedges are essential highways…for insects, birds, small animals and bees…all cultivators of the land.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureHedges can also provide an immense amount of food for you and timber for the stove as well!

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureHedges can also include lots of early flowering bushes such as Ribes, very popular with Bees!

We all know, or should know by now that a world without bees does not sustain human life…no food, simple as that!

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureWhat about trees…did you know that small animals do essential work in planting trees?

They carry seed along hedgerows, spreading it far and wide.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThis smallholding is now generating a large amount of seedling trees, allowed to grow, now that the dreaded monoculture of cows and grass has been banished!

Many of these seeds have been carried onto the land by animals and birds.

If left to their own devices, they and they alone, will create a ‘Garden of Eden.’

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureFor small animals, insects and birds, hedges represent highways to travel along without fear of being preyed upon.

In most farms these highways simply do not exist and so the real cultivators are diminished and, in some cases, wiped out!

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureStraw stored in open barns presents a fine opportunity for winter hibernation.

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThe decline of open barns and hedgerows has led to a sharp decline in the Owl population.

This once common night bird in the British Isles is a joy to behold…if you ever get the rare opportunity…alas!

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureGrowing food for ourselves is important, but doing it the permaculture way is essential…for all life on this beautiful and bountiful planet…

That’s the real change, isn’t it? …taking all life into consideration!

Posted in Abundance, Bealtaine Cottage, Beltane, Culture, Earth, Ecology, Food, Gaia, Garden, Gardening, Growing Food, Leitrim, Organic Garden, Permaculture, photography, Roscommon, Sligo, Smallholding, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized

Wild Orchids and Abundance Growing @ Bealtaine Permaculture Cottage, Ireland

Found this morning on a bank at Bealtaine…the first Orchid of the year and I think this is the Green Winged Orchid that can be found only in occasional habitats here in Ireland. The flowers should open up today…when I shall take another pic and post later…it’s exciting!

The flower head of Lunaria, (Honesty) is about to open…one of my favourite flowers.

Cherry Blossom this morning.

All these photos show a richness, an abundance…which is strange considering the fact I am a pauper, a word I laugh heartily at! Abundance is what happens when you start to give. It’s a form of energy. Perhaps the energy that was alluded to in all the Creation Myths. The Garden of Eden story for example. Anyone who has visited Bealtaine will have experienced Abundance. Everything has to be shared simply because there is so much of it. The more I give away, the more grows…and with less and less effort!

Apple blossom today at Bealtaine…just when I thought that last year was a bumper crop of all time, the same trees are heavy with blossom promising even more…Abundance!

One of the Plum Trees in blossom today…

One of the many Blackthorn Trees in blossom this morning…plentiful Sloes this Autumn!