The Evolution of Bealtaine Cottage…a Fifteen Year Odyssey

I shall begin with Bealtaine Cottage… The plan in the beginning was to create a garden with hundreds of trees interspersed with paths that would become a symbol of regeneration and hope in a landscape that represented one of the poorest and therefore cheapest places to create. North-facing, thin, poor soil- my first book, ‘A Cottage and Three Acres,’ details the story well. (And, by the way, the tunnel is fifteen years old with the original plastic covering…nothing special, 6mm and middle price range in case you are interested!) The plan evolved into a full Permaculture design in the first…

The Woodland Cottage

It is Lughnasadh, the last great festival of the Celtic Calendar! The year is tipping towards an end as Samhain marks the beginning of the new year… There has been much change here at Bealtaine Cottage as the canopy of trees has merged to form what is now truly a woodland. This evolution has happened at just the right moment in time as we have witnessed a terrifyingly hot summer and drought…the woodland gardens have come through the worst unscathed…no loss on anything! Beauty now lies between the stones of the great circle. I have flowers to plant here and…

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 podcasts regularly every day in multi media form. If you enjoy all the stuff shared from Bealtaine Cottage here and on FaceBook, Youtube, Pinterest and Twitter…why not consider a small donation.    

A New Beginning for Bealtaine Cottage!

Today is an exciting and very uplifting day for Bealtaine Cottage and me! For the past year or so it’s been utterly frustrating not being able to share on this website. Restrictions were placed upon me in relation to upload space for photographs, as I had used up virtually all of the allocated space of 13GB, which is that allowed on the Premium Plan from WordPress. Well, today I paid for an upgrade which allows me unlimited upload space…a treat for myself and, I’m hoping one for you too! As I type there is a lovely soft rain falling outside,…

Permaculture Food Forest in Ireland

The leaves are just beginning to bud and appear. Bees are busy at work here in the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…without them this would be a place of hunger. But, it’s not…instead it boasts food for all and more to come. This is what a food forest looks like as the sap rises and life returns. These are the gardens of the goddess, Mother Earth in all her splendour and abundance! And here is today’s video… All the videos I upload are free from advertising, so you can enjoy watching… Please consider supporting Bealtaine Cottage Bealtaine Cottage is also for…

How To Build Your Own Polytunnel!

The polytunnel at Bealtaine Cottage has stood for eleven years, retaining it’s structure extremely well and providing all year round space for growing food. The plastic remains “as tight as a drum,” as any visitor to Bealtaine Cottage gardens will attest to. In this blog I will endeavour to give you simple instructions on how to build your own polytunnel from scratch, as was done here… To read more, go to Bealtaine Cottage Good life website at… https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/

One Million Celebration!

Sometime today, Bealtaine Cottage will be viewed for the 999,999th time. It will, thereafter, have reached one million views! Who would have ever thought that this little place, tucked away as it is in the West of Ireland, would have become such a beacon in these troubled times? I never imagined so many people would flock here to find inspiration and comfort, but they have and you continue. The journey continues here. Better ways of living with Mother Earth are under constant scrutiny and reflection. Visitors come and go, always taking away strategies and ideas to use, as well as…

Permaculture Works…A Ten Year Transformation!

Just over ten years ago I bought a derelict cottage standing on three acres of wet, rush-infested, north-facing land. This is how I transformed it, using only Permaculture and my own labour. See for yourself and share the magic! Year One…the pond and stream beds were dug and the water has flowed ever since! For the past fifteen or so years, Mother Earth has been communicating with us in a powerful and energetic way. She wants us to plant her, nurture her and most of all recognise her for the Great Mother she is. I heard her over ten years…

The No Dig, No Till Garden

Bealtaine Cottage is a permaculture smallholding, as followers of this blog know. In permaculture we mulch, mulch and carry on mulching, building up the soil as we go. Over the past two years I have been creating Potager gardens near the back of the cottage, using stone found on the land to create raised beds. Into these beds I have packed raw wool, compost, ash, leaf mould and shredding…lots and lots, layer upon layer, of shredding. Plants are planted into bottomless pots onto the top of all this, so their roots can spread down deep into the goodness! This year…