Colette O'Neill, creative force at Bealtaine Cottage… Ireland's Sustainable Living, Permaculture Lifestyle Practitioner, celebrating 12 yrs growing a sustainable sanctuary for Mother Earth, with magical gardens powered by Goddess-inspired Permaculture. Mother Earth can live without us. We cannot live apart from Her. It's time to nurture and care for our only home.
Permaculture Cottage ~ Herbs and Cows
I have a fascination with cows.
They are very sociable and family oriented animals.
These belong to my neighbour, Gabriel, here in Ballyfermoyle.
They are contented and very laid back.
At this time of year the land is over-run with wild herbs and flowers and cows are out in the fields all the time.
It’s fascinating to watch them…and they watch me…and Jack, but mostly Jack!
Isn’t the little brown calf and the white one coming along behind, just adorable?
I stood by the fence for about half an hour and they were as interested in me as I was in them.
The flowers of the Rosa Rugusa are in full bloom at the moment and already quite a few hips have formed.
These are packed with Vitamin C and used to make syrup, amongst other foods.
They also make lovely additions to Seasonal wreaths and bouquets.
A spider has encapsulated this plant inside a web, all silky and delicate.
I am reading a book about life in Medieval Times in England and was fascinated to read how soldiers going off to battle would carry a tiny box with them at all times, filled with…spider’s webs!
These would be used, very successfully apparently, to stem the flow of blood from a wound.
Willow arches in a quiet spot near the vegetable garden.