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 I’m talking about here! This time, after losing a massive amount of weight over the course of 100 days, something amazing has happened…I have not gained a single pound back over the past 52 days of eating! Not only that, but, I have continued to…

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 enter the lodge through the cat door, where they now sleep away the day, their bellies filled with food and milk. Jack stays by my side, in and out of the cottage, as I work. Jack looks out for me and is a wonderful friend…

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 the past week. Doctors prescribe drugs on behalf of the multi-national drug companies who offer them lots of incentives to do so. The US government fails to support the integrity of the consumer, or even afford integrity to the consumer, by refusing to allocate information…

Keeping Good Health This Winter with Dracula!

TRADITIONALLY, WHOLE BULBS OF WILD GARLIC WERE PLACED UNDER THE THATCH OF IRISH COTTAGES, JUST ABOVE THE DOOR, TO KEEP AWAY EVIL!

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 they are sure to get! A last flush of yellow on the Hypericum bush holds the moisture from the October air. The Beech trees will cling onto their leaves for most of the winter, even though the life within has passed. And little Newts seek…

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 The Dark.” One of my favourite reads at this time of the year. Poetry is like that…it can be turned over again and again, extracted from the past into the present and enjoyed afresh. The turning of the year towards the light is heralded in…

Fighting Cats and Fighting Irish

The land is wet and the streams 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 scattered about, so I paused and…well you can guess the rest! Two hours later, here I am, indoors writing this blog! So here she is…still with us, Missy the fighting cat…well, fighting her illness! Following her steroid shot from the Vet yesterday, Missy is back…

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 of pink and red and white and, I hope, perennial. The girls are happy! I deposited heaps of fresh barley straw all around their extensive runs today. They enjoy scratching around… I have often thought that what we need more than any religion in the…

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 to visit, for a while… Bealtaine will be open for all to come and see a permaculture smallholding in real time. Visitors are welcome from 10am until around 6pm. Buds are continuing to develop on the climbing Rose. Lettuce and strawberries continue to grow well…