Bealtaine Cottage Early Summer Album

It has been some time… “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James Just as the rosebuds are swelling, early Summer makes an appearance. It has been a long cold Winter and Spring. Euphorbia has brightened the veranda with its vivid lime green. And finally, finally the garden stirs into full life. “Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet…

The Visit

Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming one of my five brothers to Bealtaine Cottage. Felim had visited very briefly once before, some years back, but this visit was different…something here, on this sacred little piece of Ireland, connected with him. The energy that thrives here and the sheer joy of the living Mother Nature around him, touched his soul. Felim spoke little about his feelings at the time, but this week I received a poem he wrote, inspired by Bealtaine Cottage. I have decided to share it with you, for it truly expresses an awakening deep in the heart…

A Place To Be Endured

As a species on this Earth, we are separated from other life forms by consciousness, in that we are aware of our own existence. In being aware, we are able to make conscious choices every day, as we proceed through the maze of miracles and events that makes up our lives. “Live like a tree, giving, forgiving and free.” ― Debasish Mridha M.D. The best choices we make are those that involve, in some way or another, a generosity of spirit, for in those choices we give. I was walking the gardens this morning…really I should say, woodland, for that…

Permaculture Place to Stay in Ireland

Bealtaine Cottage is a Permaculture Smallholding in the West of Ireland that has been developed from barren land over the past ten years. As a way of spreading the permaculture message of hope and regeneration, the gardens and cottage have remained open to visitors from all over the world during this time. Many visitors have spoken of their wish to be able to stay at Bealtaine Cottage and have invariably had to seek accommodation at local B&B homes. This is the Lodge,  dedicated for anyone who wishes to stay and spend more time than just a visit to Bealtaine Cottage….

Visiting Bealtaine Cottage…

Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage have been welcomed in their thousands over the past ten years. Many have become good friends. I have enjoyed sharing Bealtaine Cottage with foot visitors from all over the world, as well as over half a million through the website. Increasing amounts of my time have been spent happily showing visitors around the three acres of gardens. However, as the website has grown in popularity, I get more and more requests from people who want to visit the cottage and gardens. A decision simply had to be made, to draw a line under visits, instead, opening…

As the Sun Sets on Bealtaine

The Open Permaculture Gardens Weekend has been a great success. Visitors have come and walked the gardens, shared the spirit of this little home and talked with others, gathered around the ancient and rather rickety table in this small kitchen. People, from all walks of life, have shown tremendous generosity, in donating to the Leitrim Animal Welfare Sanctuary. There is a fantastic 200 Euros to bring to the Sanctuary on Tuesday! Despite the wet weather, great spirited followers of this blog travelled from all over Ireland, to spend time together in the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage. Many expressed deep emotion…

Christmas Eve in Ireland

The cottage awaits Christmas. Visitors are on their way from Canada. Logs are chopped and ready for the stove and the table is dressed for the festive coming together. Holly and ivy decorate the widow ledges. The tree stands by the window, reflecting lights into the darkness of the midwinter night. Christmas has arrived! I wish you a very Happy Christmas! May you enjoy quiet contentment in all you do this festive season. And my recipe for a lovely Christmas is simple…a long walk on Christmas day, followed by some good food, drink and a cozy evening, with friends, family,…

First Snow in the West of Ireland

Dawn breaks in the east and illuminates the snow that has fallen overnight. Last night was very cold indeed, so it’s no surpise to awaken to such a winter landscape. As I write this at 11am, the snow has begun to fall silently once more, surprising the onlooker at the sudden transformation. Somewhere, deep within the recesses of the barn, is stored a sleigh and there’s a good possibility that it will be brought out this weekend! Just another five days until the time of the midwinter solstice. This lasts for about three days or so and if the weather…

100,000 Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Smallholding

Missy investigates the basket I made yesterday. She may be sussing it out for a new home! I noticed that she spent some time licking the new basket and wondered if she was in search of Aspirin, a drug derived from the bark of the Willow. Visitors to Bealtaine have reached the 100,000 mark…almost…probably today, and you may be the one to match that number! I am delighted that so many people seek out this blog, or even stumble across it and decide to re-visit again and again. Interest in Permaculture and the resulting self-sufficiency and sustainable living is growing……