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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The Greatest Peace Initiative of Our Time

This notion that man can, and should, have absolute dominion over the “chaotic” powers of nature and woman…is what ultimately lies behind man’s famous “conquest of nature” – a conquest that is today puncturing holes in the earth’s ozone layer, destroying our forests, polluting our air and water, and increasingly threatening the welfare, and even […]

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Obsession

Morning light floods the kitchen. The sky opens early revealing a mist over the valley. It’s been very dry here in the west of Ireland, so morning mist adds a little dew to the plants and is very welcome. I am busy writing my book, all about Bealtaine Cottage and how it grew from barren […]

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The Enchantment of Belcoo

It’s late as I write this blog…I really should be in bed, but the beauty of the day has filled me with enthusiasm to share it with you! I made a journey to Omagh this morning to visit my mother. The day was bright and the sky clear as I set off on the journey […]

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A Sacred Space for the Mind

The morning was misty, with an autumnal feel in the air…cool and damp with dew. Cobwebs hung on trees and bushes, sometimes stretching for metres in the air. It felt so liberating to just amble around with tea in one hand, camera in the other and not be oppressed with heat. I don’t tolerate heat […]

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The Woman Who Planted Trees

Many people ask if they can visit Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Gardens and I always try to oblige if it’s at all possible! Some advance notice is welcome, as life on 3 acres on one’s own can get pretty full on at times. Last evening I was called by a friend, who wanted to know if […]

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The Circle of Greed, The Spiral of Life and The Tipping Point

The tipping point has been reached. Reading this report from yesterday quantifies everything that is wrong with our approach to food. You see, Salmon, used to be a seasonal food. Much like other seasonal foods, it was enjoyed as a celebration of a particular time of year. I remember this time as a child. The […]

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Frank Lloyd Wright was Right

I have had a love affair with the Irish Cottage for most of my life. The image in my head of a typical cottage is one of nurture and contentment. A place that nestles into the landscape… This was the cottage of my great grandmother, Mary Anne Higgins-Baxter, in Omagh, on the Derry Road. The […]

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Bringing Light into your Life

Irish cottages are fairly dark houses, designed to be snug and keep in the heat, working well it has to be said…but I love the light, so have judiciously placed mirrors, here, there and everywhere! This is one near the north window, reflecting light from the west window. A well placed mirror can act like […]

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