Tea after Enniskillen and a shopping expedition for another camera.
Recycled of course!
A great book shop up there also and by the looks of the cars in the car park, most of the population of North Roscommon and Leitrim were shopping there too!
What a relief! It rained yesterday and rained really heavily overnight. All the water butts are spilling over and the tunnel has had an early morning drink…6am! I love the way that the rainwater is held in jewel-like drops on the Ladys Mantle!
A tiny Oak seedling being nurtured in the tunnel. This will be ready to plant out next year. It will be potted on once more before then.
Pumpkins continue to set in the tunnel and around the garden.
These have been late this year, but hopefully there will be an Indian summer and easy ripening.
Pumpkins I grew last year stored really well and I was able to use them right up until just recently!
Another bumper harvest at Bealtaine Cottage, Ballyfermoyle!
Successive harvests this year have been excellent!
Earlier there was a great crop of Blackcurrants and before that, Rhubarb, as well as the other crops in between.
It’s a shame that so very few people in North West Ireland bother to grow food.
Much of the complaint is that the land is not good enough for that purpose…well, it would appear to be far from that, don’t you think?
It is a fact that if the supermarkets closed their doors tomorrow, people living in the countryside in Ireland, would be very hungry indeed, so little food is grown here!
Eggs, jams, chutneys, potatoes, fruit, vegetables and all other home grown and home made produce has given way to poor quality supermarket food.
Country gardens in this area and beyond consist mainly of suburban type lawns, prolific use of weed-killer and a few chosen plants.
This is normally put into place, at huge expense, by the local garden centre.
The disconnect with the land is a sad reflection of today’s society.
14 years of Goddess Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland...drop in, power up!
Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer and teacher who has devoted the past 14 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process.
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