Re-Setting My Life

The virtual world of social media appears to be taking over much of what people refer to as “life!” I challenge this assertion, for having spent the past few years on the most virulent form of social media, FaceBook, I have concluded that much of what passes for interaction is little more than soapbox spouting, increasingly dictatorial shouting at others and re-posting stuff! That is not to say that there are many friends there, but I have made the decision to walk away from it. To this end I’m no longer posting on the FB platform. However I have to…

The Power of Ritual

Ritual, everyday ritual, is incredibly powerful! Examine the ritual of power, be that in the opening of parliament, royal celebrations, religious ceremony…and you begin to see the importance and power of ritual! So where does this fit into a sustainable life or a permaculture smallholding? It is simple to understand in the context of power… Since the rise of the Age of Technology, our real power as human beings has become diminished. We have become reliant on technology, without stopping to assess and filter the bits we really need and want. I was contemplating this as I lit the stove…

Otherworldly…

 Sunday afternoon…picking flowers in the gardens. This feels like the full, quiet days before giving birth… The force of the full moon can still be felt in the stillness of the late afternoon air. There is an otherworldly feel to it all… Time appears to stand very still. Bees continue in a frenzy of work on this side of the Solstice. I have often felt a slowness as time ascends towards Midsummer…it’s as though Mother Earth is not yet ready to let go… Evenings merge with night as daylight seems eternal in the west of Ireland…Ox-Eye Daisies reach up toward…

Not Our Enemy!

“Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.” — Terence McKenna. Wise words from a human being who explored his sacred journey to the end. This really is about a mindset, a way of seeing the world around us. A time of evolving away from fear of the dark. I was mindful of this last evening when I had to go out searching for Sammy-bear, in the dark, armed with a wind-up torch…oh, how I wish I’d wound it up fully and charged it beforehand, for there I was, walking,…

A Way of Living in Circular Time

Hazel nuts ripen on small trees near the orchard at Bealtaine Cottage. Many of the Hazel trees were planted at the beginning of the land conversion to Permaculture and some have been planted on a fairly continuous basis since, being eight years in total. As a Vegan, nuts are important in my diet, and as Hazel Nuts are indigenous to Ireland, these would be the most compatible to the diet. Nuts are easily added to food and form a tasty part of any home-made burgers and roasts. The Hazel is a small, deciduous tree and is native to Ireland. They…

Lughnasa and the Solstice…Ancient Time

At certain times today, as I was working outside, I had a distinct sense of Autumn. The way the sun shone on a plant, the smell from the earth around my feet…it was quite tangible. The growing cycle in the west of Ireland adheres very much to the old Celtic calendar. It is easy to tell the season just by walking the land and watching shadows… Autumn begins on the 1st day of August. This cycle is in essence closely linked to the Solstices and Equinoxes of the year.  It is the  same solar alignment that determines the correct time for…