The Pivotal Point

The west of Ireland has been drying out over recent weeks, as the drought continues to make it’s presence felt in streams, rivers and, most importantly for Bealtaine Cottage, Spring Wells…mine in particular! Those attending yesterday’s workshop noted the now empty rain barrels! There is rain promised for Friday the 12th of May…the day when […]

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Chevron, Unist’ot’en and Fracking

This morning, as it rained, I wept… I had been watching a short video made by the Unist’ot’en people in Canada. (I have posted a link to this below.) I wept as I listened to the dignified language of truth, simple and eloquent. I wept as I listened to the words of the Chevron representative, […]

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A Sacred Space

 Early, matrilinear civilizations held certain areas as sanctuaries, for religious purposes. These were marked out in forests as groves, and mountains with stone, but all bound with markers, many of which can be recognized in the landscape today.   Here in Ireland it is still possible to walk and sit in these sacred places near […]

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Lower The Lifeboats!

The economic crisis, that became evident to all in October 2008, has never really been discussed in the mainstream media. Much of what could, and should, have been put in place by national governments, to ameliorate the dreadful effects of this crisis, have been blatantly air-brushed from the media and political debate! We continue to […]

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Fairy Lights

Winter sunlight turns bare branches, that drip with rain, into fascinating fairy lights. Silver prisms of fantasy, dangling precariously from thin Birch trees. The days of light and dark are confused with bright full moons, illuminating the bare landscape… This is a delightful time of year, as the sun makes its steady progress downwards, ever down… […]

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Permaculture Water Garden at Bealtaine Cottage

One of the first wild Orchids of the year in bloom by the lower pond this afternoon. It is growing alongside wild Sorrel. The warm leaves of the Meadowsweet act as sun-loungers for visiting insects… Gigantic leaves of the Gunnera provide heaps of welcome shade on a hot day like today, for all wildlife. Heat of the […]

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Fairy Dell and Spring Well

Fairy Dell and Spring Well This little area on the 3 acres that make up Bealtaine Cottage has slowly given up it’s secrets to me as the years have passed. From the first days of discovery, when this appeared to be an overgrown thicket that was impenetrable, to the weeks spent slowly unravelling the beautiful […]

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New Beginnings

Starting Afresh This morning the sun shone on a new year and all the possibilities therein… The first day. A clean slate. A chance, an opportunity…all things good! Cupboards to be cleared out. Fresh paint to be applied and each day, the sun that little bit higher in the sky. Garden Work Now is the […]

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