Goddess Permaculture and what it looks like…

In between making soup and working in the gardens today, I’ve made this screen show for your enjoyment… The Bealtaine Project is a full-time labour of love for Colette O’Neill, aiming to encourage and support those wishing to live more sustainably “with” rather than “on”” Mother Earth. To this end, Colette writes, photographs, films and […]

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Building an Ark…One Garden At ATime

As the thousand and more trees and thousands of plants of the Bealtaine Project grow taller and more dense, so it is the once barren land seems more and more as it is…an Ark for Earth, set into a monoculture landscape of Cash-Crop-Forestry and  animal grazing fields. This summer witnessed the most Bees, Butterflies, Pollinators […]

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Developing a Woodland from Zero

From monoculture rushy land to woodland in under twelve years. Not just any woodland, but a food forest woodland, as you can see from one of the thousand plus trees planted above…a Greengage! This is the only lawn here, enjoyed by Jack! There follows a series of forty plus photographs taken here at Bealtaine Cottage in July […]

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Forest Garden in Winter

A new camera…thanks to you, who so kindly donated to this little site…and here’s to all the much improved pics to come! This is what’s termed a “bridge camera,” that is one between what I had before and a professional camera. It is of course a pre-loved model…very loved from the excellent condition and not […]

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Create a Permaculture Garden of Eden

Productive abundance can be achieved over time… The secret lies in planting…planting for your life, for speed is important in the precarious world we now inhabit! A good place to begin, apart from food, of course, is with hedges…and remember that any shrub, tree or perennial can make a hedge. In my book, hedges are […]

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National Tree Day Ireland and the Kindness of the Twitter Community!

The package from the USA could not have arrived at a better time…for Thursday the 11th of October is National Tree Day here in Ireland! There are so many fabulous, caring people on Twitter, that it has become, for me, more than just a social media. David, one of a fantastic group of people, answered […]

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A Permaculture Life in the Country

Today is Sunday. It is unseasonally warm and mild for November. A good time to be out on the land. Flowers continue to bloom and there are primroses down by the gate on the lane. The soil will benefit from a layer of protective foliage, which will prevent winter rains from leaching minerals. Mulching before […]

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A Life in the Country ~ Tree Spirits

If … a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.  But … if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising […]

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