We Have Governments

We have governments grown into monsters, so disconnected from the will of the people, that they have to control the mainstream media. We have governments wanting us to spend away our own future and that of our children…consume, consume, consume! We have governments leading us into wars that have nothing to do with us! We have […]

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Permaculture Living in the West of Ireland

Permaculture is a way of life. It is the way of life here at Bealtaine Cottage and has been for over eight years now. Permaculture is about making the most of our resources. Regardless of where one lives, resources are all around us. From an old but usable sewing machine to a stove that burns […]

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Permaculture is…

Permaculture is… a design system…  It’s a simple and effective way to apply  the principles of ecology in the design of sustainable human habitats. Building a veranda on the south side of Bealtaine Cottage was a practical and sustainable  way of applying the principles…there is now an all-weather area in which to shelter and store […]

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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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Celtic Mysticism, the Goddess and Permaculture…

Perlagonium continues to flower. The nights are drawing in. Autumn begins to harvest the land of leaves and green, as Winter waits in the wings… The culture of the West, and its reliance on centralized government, has lost its way regarding Nature, seeing her only as a resource! Politically, governments have aligned themselves and us […]

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Honouring Gaia, a Simple, Spiritual Philosophy.

 A misty morning at Bealtaine Cottage. The very beauty of this  morning defies one not to honour the Earth, honour Gaia. This is an important part of living with and on Gaia. We have a co-dependent “Web of Life” that includes all physical forms of existence from plants to humans. Gaia is Earth’s authentic name […]

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Growing Fruit and Vegetables the Permaculture Way

Apples Apples today in the gardens at Bealtaine. No chemicals. Lots of mulching. Sheeps wool mulched around base. Regular feeds of manure tea. Maximum biodiversity planted around the trees. Trees well spread out. Hedges and shrubs to protect from the wind. In other words, intelligent planting, thought-out and planned along  permaculture lines… Planning Permaculture Just […]

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