Magical Wild Herbs and Other Things

Hawthorn is one of the sacred Ogham trees of Ireland. It goes by the name Huath in Irish,  being the tree that symbolises Bealtaine, the merry month of May! This is also a wonderful, magical herb of abundant medicine. Hawthorn, or whitethorn, is easily identifiable during this time as her creamy blossoms brighten hedgerows, stone […]

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Mother

“I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.” ~ Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland Walking through the upper gardens this morning and snapping photographs as I went… As I walked I thought about my Mother, my Grandmother and some of the women who have influenced […]

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Bottling Summer

The old tin bath has been taken down from the wall of the barn. Used wine bottles are left to steep for a few hours in rainwater. Washed and clean, ready to be filled with home-made Blackcurrant wine. There is always at least one day during the Summer, when one feels enthusiastic enough to overcome […]

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Beyond Civilization

The light is changing. As it does, a new growing season begins to unfold. This is the year of change, as more and more people realize, that civilization, as we have come to know it in these past decades, holds little hope of holding together. I do not say this lightly and the reasons I […]

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Irish Cottage Life

The permaculture gardens are very wet today…the rain has been quite relentless! Never mind! Lots to do indoors and sorting through boxes of “things,” I was happy to find these lovely Yuletide cards. Doesn’t she look gorgeous in the snow? As I am receiving orders for the Bealtaine Cottage Christmas Book, I thought that I […]

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Autumn in the Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage

Stepping out in search of breakfast…the potager beds are full and the apple trees drip with fruit…lots of good, fresh food to juice this morning! Much of my Vegan diet is raw food…I love it! It makes me feel alive and well! The morning is mild and very still…I can hear the birds move through […]

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The Magical Garden

The morning is hot and sultry. The sky is clear blue. Ireland basks in heat. Roses on the veranda are making a spectacular show and the delicate scent fills the morning air As we ascend towards Midsummer plants have suddenly taken off and appear to have grown overnight. Poppies have opened all over the gardens, […]

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An Angel in the Snow

The wind howled all night as it carried snow in from the Atlantic Ocean. The moon drifted downwards as the sun rose. Somewhere in-between I got up and lit the stove, walked the dogs and returned to settle into a hunker-down day in the cottage. As I write, the dogs are in their baskets and […]

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