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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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