Day 52 of WFPB Lifestyle

It’s almost two months since the end of my 100 day juice fast. For all of my life before I have dieted, lost weight and then, in the space of a month or two, put it all back on again! I’m sure that if you have ever suffered with weight issues, you completely get what […]

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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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What Your Government Fails to tell You…

Television News Stations do not tell you the news. They give you the views of the elite, who own them and run them. They feed your children dumbed down shows that make them feel inadequate. Your doctor does not ask about how YOU are, what you ate last night for dinner, how you slept over […]

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An Autumn Afternoon in an Irish Cottage Garden

Colours of the season, dogwoods ablaze and Loosestrife turned to straw. Birch and Beech turn earthy tones. Near the lake, the cows move slowly in the afternoon heat, seeking shady spots to stand and stare. Old driftwood from the ocean salutes the cottage. The horses come to look over the fence, waiting for a treat […]

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A Time of Early Shadows

Autumn is a time of early shadows as the season of summer passes over. Scents of woodsmoke and compost fill the air. Samhain is close. The Celts divided the year into two parts…the light and the dark. Samhain is the crossover point into the dark. Seamus Heaney wrote a wonderful collection of poetry entitled, “Into […]

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Fighting Cats and Fighting Irish

The land is wet and theĀ streamsĀ are gushing down the hill behind the cottage. it’s not really the day to be outdoors, but, as usual, I got side-tracked into just that! On a trip across the garden to the compost heap to empty some more stuff, I realized that there was prunings from the apple trees […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ A Ramble aound the Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage

Working in the gardens today. The evening has arrived. It’s hot and still and sweat appears effortlessly. To chill out I decided to just ramble around the gardens here at Bealtaine, mug of coffee in one hand, camera in the other. These are some of the poppies grown from seed this year…all are different shades […]

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Growing Off the Ground ~ Permaculture Ways at Bealtaine, West Ireland

The birds are nesting again in this little bird box. They come and go with little fear of people walking close-by.Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding has been free from all chemicals for seven years next month. May, or Bealtaine in Irish, will be the seventh anniversary for this permaculture paradise. This Saturday will be the last time […]

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