Permaculture Cottage ~ Funky Scarf and Chunky Cake!

Friday afternoon at Bealtaine and despite the rain work between showers has contiued throughout the day. I hung this plaque on the kitchen door earlier, a present from a friend. It’s simple, colourful and evokes a sense of what lies beyond the door…the pantry! Talking of which…there’s several demijohns of wine waiting to be bottled and laid down in here! Knitted a scarf recently and was thinking about the edging…and after considerable searching around in the craft boxes stashed under beds and other forgetful places, I found these wooden beads, which I’ve threaded onto the edges of the scarf with wool…

Permaculture Cottage ~ The Changing Colours of Autumn.

Splitting logs of Ash for use in the stove this winter. This wood is easy to grow and easy to harvest if continuously coppiced. Ash, if coppiced, can grow steadily for 2,000 years and more. Ash can be burned in the green, that is, on the day it is cut. It is the perfect the perfect permaculture fuel! Michelmass daisies and almost ripe pears heralds the middle of Autumn. Both pear trees are heavy with fruit. This winter I will plant more fruit trees, definitely plum and pear among them! As the season progresses and the harvest is gathered in, the…

Permaculture Cottage ~ A Walk on the Wild Side

Ivy loops and twirls around the trees in the Fairy Dell woodland. Ivy that feeds the birds in the depths of midwinter. Ivy that shelters the pheasant in the heat of midsummer. Strong, natural and wild… Ivy and Lichens, so perfect in the gardens at Bealtaine that it can only be the hand of Nature…no gardener can create this perfection… Another sacred part of the land at this permaculture smallholding…a small field of Devil’s-bit Scabious, the natural habitat of the rare Marsh Fritillary Butterfly. Nature working her pure magic and being encouraged at every turn! Now is the time to…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Beyond Consumerism…Life after Debt.

Friday…always a good feeling! The weekend lies ahead and there lies the potential for something happening and all sorts of possibilities. Many people look forward to going out and many go shopping, as a form of retail therapy! However, change is happening…and it is good! This is a time of change. The Equinox is upon us and the day itself is changing as we enter the descent towards Midwinter. An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Sustainable Living, Willow and Trees

All the ingredients to make Autumn Chutney are in the pot and heating up on the stove. The apples are from the trees here at Bealtaine. Onions were grown here as well. The stove is burning wood grown here also…which all adds to the sustainability of living…and living well. I posted the recipe for this last night…so you can easily find it on the previous day…just scroll down and click on the link to go back… Delicious and top quality as all the ingredients are sourced or grown by myself. Shop bought chutneys just come anywhere near this stuff taste-wise!…

An Early Morning Walk with Jack along Ballyfermoyle

Jack is my beautiful rescue dog…I usually introduce thus to strangers as a way of excusing his enthusiasm for life…jumping up to greet people! Jack loves walking, so we go out at least twice a day along the laneway where I live, here at Ballyfermoyle. I took these photos this morning for you all to see soem of what Jack and I see… Recipe for Autumn Chutney…easy and you get to choose the fruit! I used… 1.5kg apples, chopped up in small pieces 80g chopped dates 100g raisins 450g onions, fine chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 350g soft brown sugar…

Bealtaine Cottage ~ Autumn Equinox and Samhain…Lifting the Veil.

Saturday Morning at Bealtaine Cottage Sun and clear skies. As the sun rises in the east, so the moon sets in the west…one of those glorious autumn mornings in Ireland. Today is a busy one for me. Visitors, willow cutting, fedging and lots more. Yes…that is a little tomato you can see in there…this being a permaculture smallholding there are lots of food plants everywhere to be harvested in the most unexpected places… Autumn is a time of early shadows as the season of summer passes over. This is one of the best videos  that explains with images, words and…