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 green. And finally, finally the garden stirs into full life. “Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet…

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 of war and clashes between countries. The soil seems to be the same, the trees the same, the grass the same, and the fragrance of the air, the smell of the earth the same.” ~ Girdhar Joshi Yes it is…all the same…at most times hard…

A Lifeboat For Humanity

It was James Lovelock who first suggested that there would be a very few countries which would escape the worst vagaries of the oncoming Climate Change… Much of our media remains silent about the problem and there hangs an eerie silence in the air around centres of political machinations. Our extractive mentality and the demand for higher profits combine to destroy our very own habitat..this is the truth of what’s happening worldwide…we cannot escape our acquisitive nature! We appear to be caught in a vicious circle of greed versus need…and we know which one of those two is winning!  This…

End of Empire and Climate Chaos

The greatest concern of our times is happening on a daily basis and affecting every one of us. Weather volatility is real and happening and the Ostriches in power appear impotent against the great forces of Nature. The gabbling media assault our senses with celebrity highs and lows, sport and highly edited titbits of what is happening internationally…all the while keeping away from any real conversation about the chaos that is the weather all around us and those dreaded words: Climate Change. However it is not Climate Change any more…the media have completely missed out on that conversation! It has…

Energy Shift

Have you noticed this? Are you aware of this enormous shift in energy that has been happening since last year? Have you shifted your own energy, either consciously or not? Do you find yourself being more emotional, more thoughtful, more questioning? Are you in the process of implementing changes in your own life that you never thought possible? Do you find yourself questioning situations and paradigms previously taken for granted? There is an openness and awareness that is being driven, not by the corporate media, or government, but from a source that is difficult to articulate. Can you explain this?

Be The Change!

I was listening to a radio show host, Roy of Hollywood on PRNfm radio from New York, tell a caller that change begins with government policy and one person on their own can do little to make a difference…paraphrased, but the essence is true to form. This philosophy is way off mark, for the reality is very, very different. Every action we take, everything we buy, consume or share, is part of the reality WE make, every minute, every hour, every day… I oppose fracking and therefore refuse to use gas… I also refuse to call it ‘natural!’ There is…

The Return of Romance

Simplicity of living is much sought after these days. There are television programmes and magazines devoted to the simple life. We are drawn towards images of romantic simplicity…think of all the wonderful books translated into gorgeous films that espouse life before the Industrial Revolution. I have to admit an interest here, as my most read novel is Pride and Prejudice and favourite film is the translation of that book onto the big screen by Deborah Moggach, directed by Joe Wright. It is simply exquisite in it’s attention to detail that reflects the beautiful simplicity of everyday life. And that is…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Merging of State and Corporate Powers…

The merging of State and Corporate powers has produced nations of people who are driven by fear and greed. Fear as created by the Media and Governments, turned into loathing for other cultures…a good smokescreen that keeps people occupied! Greed for all the Corporate rubbish pushed at us through the Media. Between the screens of fear, governments are encouraging people to eat horrendous, factory food that makes them ill and drains their energy. Once people buy into this they are then herded towards doctors and endless drugs to treate the effects of such appalling diets…they are then captives of the…

The Ascent Towards Midsummer…Bealtaine Permaculture Ireland

This could almost be a wedding arch… There is a real problem here today with water, that is, lack of it! Imagine saying that in April in Ireland…it would have seemed improbable only a few years ago, but this is the real state of affairs here at Bealtaine this morning! The water in the spring well has dropped to a low that lowers the pressure on the gravity fed supply. If you look at the ground around the arch, it appears quite dry.   Lunaria, Honesty, or Moon Pennies growing around the pathway. This is a biennial plant that grows easily…