Bealtaine Cottage Early Summer Album

It has been some time… “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James Just as the rosebuds are swelling, early Summer makes an appearance. It has been a long cold Winter and Spring. Euphorbia has brightened the veranda with its vivid lime […]

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Morning

The first week of July and there’s a feint scent of Autumn in the air this morning. The morning brings a quiet and gentle beginning to the day, untouched by the continuing perplexities of man. “Man has drawn artificial lines on the chest of the Mother Earth, which have no significance, except for the sake […]

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The Great Awakening

With each day that passes, more aspects of the Awakening come to pass. Yesterday morning, as I walked in the early light in the Lughnasadh Garden, imagining how it would look and feel in the next Summer, something I yearned deeply for came to pass…and just as I had imagined it! A Flight of Swans […]

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Miraculous Recovery

Many of you are familiar with the tragedy recently encountered by Patrick and Jessica, both subscribers to Bealtaine Cottage and Bealtaine Cottage Good Life. The surge of good wishes, prayers and healing energy that was manifested by all of you, through Bealtaine Cottage, has led to a nothing short of a miracle being experienced on […]

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The Heart of the Matter

Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre is a wonderful place for any unwanted dog or cat to end up…because 97% of these poor, abandoned animals are re-homed! Today I visited Christine Coulson, the lady whose dedicated commitment to the welfare of animals in this part of Ireland, made the sanctuary possible. Chistine opened this light of hope […]

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The Edge of the Abyss

Corporate culture has brought our civilisation to the edge of the abyss. As we stand on this edge and peer over, what do we see? Do we gaze upon a future filled with hope? Do we see the blossoming of love and compassion? Or, do we gaze with horror, on the face of evil…endless war […]

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Permaculture Brings Hope…before and after images!

It’s been almost nine years since I began planting this smallholding in the west of Ireland. Many of you are familiar with the landscape as it looked then. The picture above shows Bealtaine Cottage after a lot of cutting and clearing, around the time that the planting began. This picture shows the same view today. […]

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The Collective Consciousness of Hope

February the 1st is the feast of Saint Brigid. Brigid was also a Celtic Goddess, who was venerated for protection of the home from fire. Ireland is full of spring wells named after the Goddess Brigid, who held sway over them. The Spring Wells are often seen as a portal to the Otherworld and a […]

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A Permaculture Garden in the Calm before the Storm.

The morning is warm and sunny. The birds sing and bees buzz and all is well at Bealtaine Cottage. The kitchen decoration is complete and all the other rooms are downhill from here in terms of work and upheaval. This morning is one of those extraordinary moments in time, like the sunny happy days of […]

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