A Sack of Diamonds

www.bealtainecottage.com 010Sunrise is happening later each morning.

This morning was clear and beautiful.

www.bealtainecottage.com 012But also, this morning, I was faced with taking Missy into the Vet…she has not been well and hasn’t eaten for three days.

www.bealtainecottage.com 013Anyway, she is in there for the day and I am at home keeping busy!

www.bealtainecottage.com 030Coming back home, a journey of about eight miles, I stopped several times to take photos…it is really such a beautiful day here in the west of Ireland!

www.bealtainecottage.com 025Mature Beech trees line the road that sweeps along the edge of Lough Key.

www.bealtainecottage.com 026Stretches of blue water can be seen from the car.

www.bealtainecottage.com 028I have to drive back into Boyle to collect Missy at 6pm.

The day continues fine, so the journey will not be too stressful.

I remain on an emotional tightrope and I’m not looking down!

www.bealtainecottage.com 006Last night there was a half-moon in the southern sky.

At 5am the sky was a black velvet sack of diamonds.

The moon had set and the sky was illuminated by stars…endless stars!

The Earth continues to turn.

Keeping the Darkness at Bay

MissyIn every crisis there appears opportunists, ready to make a fast buck on the back of suffering!

Summer shed at Bealtaine CottageAt this point in time, as the Earth is convulsed in sickness manufactured by mankind, it appears that the climate crisis has become a business opportunity for polluters!

Barn, gravel, Valerian and GeraniumMonoculture is extracting and mining and leaving us with raped Earth.

Nasturtiums and Ox-eye daisyThis monoculture madness is being aided and abetted by the EU…the same EU that paid Irish farmers to rip out hedgerows, some of which had been there for hundreds of years.

perlagonium in a pot at Bealtaine CottagePlanting trees on their terms means monoculture plantations that echo the pages of “Silent Spring.”

Sedum for the bees, Parsley for me!It’s time for those who care to step up to the front line!

It really is gloves off time.

We must call it out for what it is…ecocide…the rape, torture and murder  of the Mother!

Potager bed planting at Bealtaine CottageMonoculture plantations destroy the natural diversity of life, at a time when the balance is fast becoming a tightrope walk for Nature!

Rain on Nasturtium in the Permaculture GardensAnd it’s not just monoculture tree planting that is the cause of widespread diseases, destruction of native habitat and destitution for wildlife!

Rain on Nasturtium leavesModern farming practice is predicated on monoculture of the land and the mind.

What can we do?

Bee on Nasturtium flower at Bealtaine CottageEach one of us can do a lot.

Sugar snap peas from saved seed!Speak openly!

Confront the reality!

Vote with our wallets!

Harass our politicians!

Create an ark for Nature!

Ark for NatureAs my friend Marco reminded me this morning…

like Gandalf said “I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.

Monsanto Protected…What About the People?

window at bealtaine cottagePeople and planet before profit.

bealtaine cottage windowA simple enough statement.

window at bealtaine cottageThe issue of sovereignty is the crucial issue we face today.

Missy on the back of the sofaWe stand at a dangerous junction in the history of the world today.

Roses on veranda at bealtaine cottage todayOur governments are openly colluding with corporations.

kitchen at bealtaine cottageOur governments are colluding with the biggest and most powerful of these corporations.

We all need to Wake Up!

wild honeysuckle on the table at bealtaine cottageThere are two reasons why corporations like Monsanto are supported by governments.

Greed.

Control.

Take five minutes to power up with a little bit of knowledge on this.

Look up “Order 81, Iraq” 

kitchen window sill at bealtaine cottageOur governments are failing in their statutory duty to protect us, we, the people.

porch at bealtaine cottageThe American nephew of Sigmund Freud,  Bernays warned that an enduring threat to government was the truth-teller and an enlightened public!

The Frankenfood Conspiracy:

Secret summit where slick lobbyists for bio-tech giants seduced Tory Ministers into changing their tune on GM food

porch at bealtaine cottage“What is dying is a world too bent by false values and too de-humanized to care about what happens to its own children.” ~ Terence McKenna

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Magical Driftwood and Happy Cats

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As the weekend draws in, the clock tells me it’s time to make dinner and settle in for the evening…it’s Friday evening!

The day has been wet and grey and much of my work has taken place in and around the cottage.

Days like today are welcome though, as it allows a little bit of a slow-down and a time for reflection and making plans.

I have decided to tile the kitchen floor, using broken tiles from the local tile shop, Carrick Tiles.

It is a long task, but the best approach is to a little each day and try not to work too long, as this can inhibit the desire to return to the task the following day!

Missy Cat at Bealtaine CottageMissy has kept warm beside the stove.

This is the longest period of time without a visit to the vet.

It appears that keeping really warm by the stove eases her symptoms.

Doesn’t she look well?

Driftwood mirror at Bealtaine CottageSome friends visited last weekend and Nick brought me this lovely mirror he made using driftwood.

There is something so beautiful about driftwood.

Even the scent of this wood evokes the ocean.

It is magical to live this close to the Atlantic Ocean…about a 45 minute drive to Rosses Point.

kitchen at Bealtaine CottageI’m happy to tell you all that the “We Will Not Comply” petition now has over 4,200 signatures…not bad for a mere 8 days.

If you would like to add your name then here’s the link…

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/We_Will_Not_Comply/?cCgoWbb

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Cats in the Sink and Frogs in the Pond!

Missy Cat in the sink at Bealtaine Cottage

Missy Cat is being stubborn and uncooperative.

Frogs are laying spawn in the pond.

The sun is shining and snow is promised.

All that’s missing is the Mad March Hare!

Bealtaine Cottage SeedsI’ve been having fun stamping my little cat stamp all over the seed envelopes.

Bealtaine Cottage stampAs you can see it is a specially made stamp that says “by Bealtaine Cottage.”

Bealtaine Cottage summer in the permaculture tunnelLots of you have asked for seed, so I’ve been busy sorting and labelling before posting all over the world!

Missy Cat at Bealtaine CottageI always dreamt that the magic of this little cottage in the west of Ireland would spread out, like a ripple of life and energy, to all four corners of the world…and it really is happening.

Many of the plants grown here over the years will be grown this year across Europe, America and Australia…it’s wonderful to think of.

This is today’s video all about the frogs in the pond in the Bog Garden…

Bealtaine Cottage and Permaculture Gardens Photo Album 2012…February!

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February was mild and the Daffodils in the gardens of Bealtaine came up without damage

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Ribes bushes throughout the gardens filled the air with a heady scent, enticing the Bees out from hibernation.

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Mizuna flourished in the tunnel, providing a green salad for the table throughout the winter months.

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Missy showed her first signs of being unwell and began a course of steroid treatment.

We thought we would loose her, but her spirit stayed strong.

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Weaving baskets from willow began in earnest at Bealtaine Cottage, putting newly acquired skills into practice.

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The water barrels kept filling and filling as the rain poured from the skies…

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We had sunny days too…all the more appreciated for the previous rain!

Bealtaine Cottage Feb 2012 Thornhill

We went out walking and found old ruins from past lives, now stark and dramatic against the bright, February sky of 2012.

Bealtaine Cottage Feb 2012 Permaculture Bog Garden

The greening of the Bog Garden started in mist and frost.

Bealtaine Cottage Feb 2012

The heavily misted mornings were a beauty all of their own.

Bealtaine Cottage Feb Morning 2012

And the early sun of 2012 crept into the cottage…

Beds of Abundance in a Permaculture Garden

Missy manages to climb to the top of the barn and nestle herself into the barley straw…high enough to keep a watchful eye on all!

This is one girl who takes no prisoners…just look at that expression!

A good sprinkling of lettuce seeds and within a few weeks there is more than enough to harvest for weeks to come.

Most people can manage to be self-sufficient in salad for at least half the year!

This is a potager style bed, with Lavender and Thyme nearby.

There are several varieties of lettuce here, in amongst the Nasturtium and Borage.

Sedum and Poppies continue to push their way up through the compost!

Moving compost from last year’s heap over to the new raised vegetable bed today.

A bed of abundance outside the tunnel today.

And here’s the new raised vegetable bed…coming along…

An Irish Cottage Garden in Spring

I’ve been listening to Sinead O’Connor this morning as I clean the cottage.

What is it about music that energizes and propels one along in whatever work they are engaged in?

It reminds me of the factories during WW2 where music was introduced as the women worked, building components for, and weapons of, war! And afterwards, the BBC introduced a programme on the radio, entitled, “Music While You Work,” aimed at women, of course!

Good grief…that’s a mental leap of thoughts from Sinead to WW2…amazing what a duster in one hand and a headscarf wrapped around the hair can evoke…

As you can see from the pic of today…spring and sunshine has a compelling effect on one’s energy and drive!

Foxgloves this morning, near the vegetable garden. There is no shortage of these beautiful, wild flowers around the land of Bealtaine.

In the tunnel earlier…Missy follows me as I work.
I received a lovely gift recently of 3 Elder trees and 3 Sycamores, so planting these will be enjoyable work to do this afternoon, no doubt, overseen by herself!

It is amazing just how much heat is captured daily in these stones edging the paths…passive solar collectors. Missy can tell you all about warm stones…just watch a cat!

The Bumble Bees are out in force, enjoying the heavily scented flowers of the Ribes. It is easy enough to plant an all year round forage for the Bees, whether they are the humble Bumble or the hard-working Honey Bee…all are welcome and catered for here at Bealtaine!

Thanks!

                           Just to let everyone know the good news…the results have come back on Missy’s tumour and it is treatable!

Needless to add, everyone here at Bealtaine is delighted and Missy is especially so!

It’s always worrying and upsetting when a much loved pet is ill and worst of all it would seem that the animal often picks up on this…but all is well and we breath a collective sigh of relief!

Thanks to everyone for all your good wishes…really, thank you all so much!

Salix Tortuosa…or simply, Twisted Willow, growing here at Bealtaine Cottage. It grows readily and will take easily from cuttings. A beautiful addition to a bouquet or flower arrangement.

I Ivy hangs in long trails in the Fairy Dell woodland. There are times when this place resembles a rain forest. The combination of micro climate and damp creates a strange little world down here in the Dell!

 Today there has been all four seasons in one, with sun, rain, wind, snow, sleet, then warm evening sun…

This is the beautiful Fin lough, near Bealtaine Cottage. There are literally hundreds of loughs, rivers, streams, ponds and waterways within a twenty mile radius of Bealtaine…one thing is for certain; Ireland will never run dry!

Last word must go to the Missy Cat…Meow…purrrrrr