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Creating a Sanctuary for Yourself!

“Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit

He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing”
Marcus Tullius Cicero 

DSC07990This is very apt today as I have been in and out of the garden, working and reading…Dictator by Robert Harris, the third and last book in the Cicero trilogy.

DSC09029Many of you are aware that I do not have a TV, nor want one, come to that!

I spend my time between the garden and reading mostly.

www.bealtainecottage.com 018Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, and constitutionalist.

Cicero lived through the fall of the Republic and the installation of Caesar as dictator.

Barn at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture GardensIt was a time when Roman fought Roman and the fabric of society was torn apart.

Cleopatra was on the throne of Egypt and Mark Anthony was waiting in the wings, (…most of you know of the tempestuous love affair between them both!)

10 July 2014 005But, to return to the quote above…Cicero had life sorted in my opinion.

There is much anguish and depression in society today, and, in my opinion,  exacerbated by the lack of connection we have to Mother Earth and each other, but particularly by noise!

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThere is a background noise that seems to permeate home life, emanating from TVs, computers and screens linked to the internet.

Gaming seems to be the order of the day for many young people.

In short, home, for many people, is no longer a sanctuary! 

Autumn permaculture at bealtainecottage.com 018Creating a private space where you can go to read, write, pursue a craft, or simply unwind is a positive step towards establishing good mental health and physical relaxation, in other words, a body and mind space!

If you are lucky enough to have a garden, then that can be a wonderful environment to create “space”…or, as I did when I lived in London, a garden shed on my rented allotment was my personal retreat!

Feverfew and stained glassThe words of Cicero are particularly relevant today as society seems to struggle to keep a grip on sanity and calm.

It was difficult enough for Cicero over two thousand years ago…and you know what they say about history and it’s apparent repetitive nature… 

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Posted in Current Affairs, E.U., Earth, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Self-Sufficiency, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized

The Edge of the Abyss

Roses at bealtaine cottageCorporate culture has brought our civilisation to the edge of the abyss.

Poppies in PermacultureAs we stand on this edge and peer over, what do we see?

Crimson flowered Broad beanDo we gaze upon a future filled with hope?

Cow Parsley and Ferns by the Stone CircleDo we see the blossoming of love and compassion?

Missy Cat at Bealtaine cottage June 2013Or, do we gaze with horror, on the face of evil…endless war for resources and a value system that diminishes and declares foolish and obsolete, the essence of our humanity…kindness.

Flo and JackCorporate culture has been spread by economic forces, institutions and governments of the west.

Chives, Honesty and Lovage in the permaculture gardens of  Bealtaine CottageGlobalism has searched out, found and uses as its foundation building block, the lowest common denominator found amongst us.

Sweet Cicely in bloom at Bealtaine CottageCulture has been commercialised and sold back to us in the form of plastic rubbish.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensFood has been industrialised, chemicalised and globalised…look at where  food has been grown and shipped from!

Rhubarb at Bealtaine CottageGovernments and corporations have colluded, on a criminal scale, to claim ownership on the seeds of life itself.

Permaculture Edible gardens of Bealtaine CottageAs we stare into the abyss of what lies ahead, we are afforded a brief moment in time to take stock, evaluate and decide…

Bee on Lunaria flower at Bealtaine CottageLooking back into history, has taught us, that every civilisation was afforded this small window of opportunity.

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A video shot today at Bealtaine Cottage

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Workshop…

If you would like to join the  workshop this coming Saturday, there is one place available due to a late cancellation.

The day will focus on creating raised beds, with a practical input on building, planting out and mulching.
We will also look at composting and shredding to create mulch.

The programme includes
Morning tea/coffee & home-made cake
A Vegetarian Lunch
After tea/coffee & home-made cake

For further details please email me on  coletteoneill2010@hotmail.com