There is something so simple, yet so unique about Goddess Permaculture. It’s evident to all who visit Bealtaine Cottage. It is the connectedness of everything. Earlier today, whilst walking the woodland gardens, I discovered the body of a fox. It had come to Bealtaine to die…a safe place, a quiet place where only the birdsong held sway in the shady gardens near the silt pond. The beautiful creature had already made itself known to me in the preceding days… Sometime last week, in the early hours of the morning, between three and four, I was awoken by a cry and then Jack barking. I got up and looked out through the glass of the front door. There it was, one of the oldest foxes I had ever seen, quite thin and scraggy, crossing the gravel by the front of the cottage. It is rare for me to rise out of bed at that hour, but something drew me to look. I now know it was this beautiful, old fox bidding me farewell…one last lap of honour around Bealtaine Cottage, before it laid itself to rest in a quiet, cool spot of safety for it’s final hours. I feel honoured that this once beautiful creature chose Bealtaine Cottage to die. A place of sanctuary. Somewhere, in a world where it was hunted, reviled and pushed out, that it found a place to simply die. This evening, as I write, I feel honoured and blessed to have witnessed such a life and peaceful passing.
The Earth is in desperate need of protection.
Mother Earth is in desperate need of people with integrity to look after her interests…for her interests are our interests.
So, what constitutes integrity?
Do any of our leaders possess this quality?
How often do we say, “there goes a person of integrity…”?
Integrity is the “quality or state of being complete”, of being in an “unbroken condition” or state of “wholeness”… entireness, wholeness; the unimpaired state of anything: uprightness: honesty: purity.
The problem with many politicians, who make decisions on our behalf, is that they seem not to possess any of the last three qualities.
I am very concerned about our seed security.
Seed gives us our food…all of our food.
I have spoken about this before and the little I have to say about it resonates deeply with many of you.
Now, the reason that I mention politicians is that all decisions relating to our environment and food security are taken at governmental level and it is at governmental level that the big corporations employ many of their people…to lobby!
There is no integrity in lobbying politicians on behalf of a corporation…that is all about money and back-scratching.
So, back to Mother Earth and who lobbies for her…successfully?
Well, one of my all-time heroes, Tim DeChristopher is in prison for taking direct action to help her.
That is a story worth googling!
There are many organizations like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth who represent us on the front-line.
There are also many people who genuinely care and are concerned and I count myself as one.
The problem is that politicians are very adept at being sly.
Take for example the issue of GMO’s.
Recently, the government here in Ireland allowed this abomination into our country via, “GM Potato Trials!”
Now, who, I ask, would have lobbied for that?
Then there’s the case of Order 81 in Iraq.
Who was behind that?
Do people even know anything about Order 81, imposed by the US government in 2004.
What a break for U.S. corporations, such as Monsanto!
The U.S. imposed 100 Orders on Iraq.
Order 81 was designed to have a major impact on the way farming is done in Iraq.
This order prohibits Iraqi farmers from using saving seeds from one year to the next.
Order 81 prohibits the farmers from using their own seeds, on their own farms, to grow their own crops.
So who supplies the seeds…?
Well, join the dots and look at what’s going on.
Prior to the U.S. invasion, agriculture in Iraq was flourishing.
The Fertile Crescent in Iraq, the cradle of civilization and where farming actually began, had developed a system of farming that was the envy of the world.
There was immense biodiversity and within that was food security.
GMO’s depletes biodiversity, leaving us all tied to the corporations supplying the seeds.
Alarm bells ringing?
Under Occupation, centuries of progress have been destroyed, almost overnight, due to the bombing of the Iraq Seed Bank…how convenient for Monsanto to get a foothold.
How much of this did you know?
As I suspected, the Earth needs a damn good lawyer and fast!
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Saint Patrick’s Day! The middle of March in the West of Ireland…and there is much to celebrate! For we have enjoyed a mild winter and fast warming Spring.
According to the old Irish annals, Patrick died in AD 461 on March 17.
And so, it is today that we celebrate the greatest non-Irish person as the greatest of the Irish… for it is in Patrick that the Irish nurture their sense of national pride.
Much of the landscape of Ireland is awakened into Spring at this point in the year as you can see from the photographs taken this morning here at Bealtaine Cottage.
It has been traditional to plant potatoes on saint Patrick’s Day or thereabouts, so this morning, this is what I shall be doing, having prepared the beds at the beginning of the week, (and sliced through the water-pipe!).
Potatoes in Ireland were traditionally planted into mounds, a form of raised bed.
Potatoes are planted into the mounds as they have a lower tolerance to frost and this way of planting affords a certain amount of protection. Other more hardy crop,s are Peas, Beans and Cabbage, all of which can be planted out regardless of frost.
Permaculture planting takes into account these variants and straw is placed over the beds of potatoes as both a mulch to exclude weeds and a protection against late frosts, which can be expected right through to May!
All these pics were taken this morning and as you can see, it is a perfect planting day in the west of the country.
The celebrations and parades will all take place this afternoon, so the morning is planned for a little light work, planting!
So, it just suffices to say…A very Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all, with blessings and love to each and every one of you, from Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland.