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How to Change the World, Starting Today…

8 Jul

Roses open at Bealtaine Cottage todayMany people are feeling dis-empowered and frustrated at the way the world around them seems to be disintegrating.

Rosa Rugosa in bloom at Bealtaine CottageIt is the role of mainstream media to keep you locked in that paradigm, for it is much easier to control and influence those who feel helpless and dis-empowered…ask any victim of domestic violence or bullying!

Pyracantha in flower today in the permaculture gardensYou would be truly shocked to realise how much power you really have!

Redcurrants today at Bealtaine CottageYou can reclaim your power, along with your humanity, in just a few short steps…steps that will lead you on to bigger and better things!

Change the world, starting today, with just a few, very small changes…

veranda at Bealtaine Cottage, July 2013Buy local.

If we are merely consumers, then exercise your power daily and often.

Count how much you refused to give to the corporations…for they are definitely counting!

The woodpile in the barn at Bealtaine CottageBe frugal.

Our grandparents were actively encouraged by government to be frugal during the war years of WW2 and how many times have you heard them say that those times were happier and more fulfilling…

Bealtaine Cottage Potager beds todayConsume less.

Processed, TV dinners and junk food is killing us…return to the art of cooking and eating at a dining table.

Clean out wardrobes and closets.

Give away or sell what is surplus to your quality of life.

cable Table in the gardenWalk more.

Don’t just drive into town where parking meters are waiting to gobble up your precious pennies…park on the outskirts and walk in.

You will meet other people, enjoy your surroundings and get some good exercise, as well as save money and avoid the stress of parking wardens!

Potager beds at Bealtaine CottageGrow food.

The social life on Allotments and Community Gardens is fantastic!

Drying Garlic at Bealtaine CottageTurn off TV.

Enough said!

Bench and Ox-Eye daisies at Bealtaine CottageSpeak out.

Find out the email addresses of local and national newspapers and fire off the regular broadside at them, about issues you feel concerned about.

You have a voice, use it!

Bealtaine Cottage courtyardHarass politicians!

Your local and national politicians are happy to engage with you at election time and expect you to be quiet and timid for the duration of their office…time to change that, don’t you think? 

A Vintage Feel to Frugal (…or the trend of less is more).

1 Jun

I’ve been de-cluttering over recent weeks.

An empowering exercise that allows one to see the beauty of less is more…

Despite the trend of pretending to have little, distressing perfectly good furniture to add a vintage look and working hard to create a ‘country, frugal feel,’ to one’s home, the reality of actually living this way is liberating!

At Bealtaine Cottage, money is not an option…living a frugal life is the only way to go and the rewards are immense.

The little stool above has been carefully re-painted each year to protect it from the elements.

The plastic slippers are several years old, comfortable and practical, despite costing only a couple of euros.

Bird boxes all made from bits of used wood and metal, a gift from a friend in a fair exchange.

These will be put up around the gardens for yet more birds to make their homes in…a pleasure to watch that money cannot buy!

A permaculture gravel garden, fashioned from the leftovers and recycled bits of everyday life.

Permaculture Cottage August 2011 003Logs, stones, tyres and stones, merge together informally to lend an “always been here,” feel to the courtyard of the cottage.

A garden path made from spare gravel and plant cuttings, together with scattered seed and wild flowers, cost: zero.

Simplify your life.

Permaculture at Bealtaine  Cottage August 2011 004Less really is more.

Bealtaine Cottage 2nd August 2011 Permaculture Cottage 007Keep it natural.

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Country Living ~ Simplicity, Frugality and Thrift…

22 Nov

Made today…

Frugality, simplicity and thrift…cutting down old curtains bought at a Boot Fair, to make new curtains for this window.

Hung on curtain wire…the cheapest and most effective way to hang light curtains.

And cafe curtains on the kitchen windows… These curtains are easy and fast to make, sewing in straight lines and no need for accessories of any kind!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Think twice before you throw away tins…they make wonderful pots for plants!

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Flral displays are easy to create from all kinds of cuttings.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Twisted willow wreathes require little or no skill to make and the materials are free and readily collected from the hedgerows.

Candle at Bealtaine Cottage
Candles for Midwinter, made over recent days, using candle scraps collected up over the course of the year.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

A string of hearts made from scrap materials…one of those curtain pattern sample books that shops find difficult to dispose of!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Home made biscuits to give as gifts, always treasured as they are unique and and can be wrapped in such beautiful ways!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Tiny pots of home made jam…

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Wrapped with home made scones, these make wonderful gifts!

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Or home made jellies with herbs added!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Be really adventurous and make fruit wine…

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture march 2011 004

Once in the demijohn, they make themselves!

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The kindest and cheapest way to bleach your tea cloths…leave them out in the sun!

Bealtaine Cottage  Permaculture home made soup

Make a big pot of soup, fill some Kilner jars with it and store in the fridge…it will keep for several days and is better than buying factory made stuff in plastic pots!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Happy making and baking…and keep that hard-earned cash in your wallet!

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