A Life in the Country ~ Sunday, Food and Autumn Colours

Thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall… A fabulous and easy recipe…

Chickpea and pumpkin salad

Chickpeas go very well with sweet, roasted squash, adding a little bite to contrast with the silky flesh. Serves three to four as a starter, two as a main course.

1 butternut or other squash
6 garlic cloves, unpeeled but bashed to break the skin
1-2 small red chillies, deseeded, membrane removed, finely chopped
4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 bay leaves
Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
150g dried chickpeas, soaked and cooked as above (or a 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 large bunch parsley, stalks removed, leaves chopped
1 large bunch coriander, stalks removed, leaves chopped
1 small bunch mint, stalks removed, leaves chopped
20g pumpkin seeds, toasted

Heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Peel the squash, if you like (I usually leave the skin on), halve it, scoop out the seeds, then cut it into 4cm chunks. Put these in a roasting tin with the garlic, chilli, thyme, bay leaves, some salt and pepper. Trickle over three tablespoons of oil and mix with your hands until well coated. Roast for 35-45 minutes, until the squash is softened and beginning to char around the edges. Add the chickpeas, toss and cook for five minutes to warm through. Add the lemon juice and toss with the herbs, pumpkin seeds and a bit of sea salt. Serve warm, with a little oil trickled over the top if you like.

The colours on the trees are simply amazing..

A Life in the Country ~ Daily Permaculture Video Diary

Tomatoes and Pumpkins continue to ripen in the tunnel. Bramley cooking apples are yet to be harvested…the last of the apples! The sun shines and work in the gardens continues apace…

A Life in the Country ~ Garden Video and the Sun is Shining!

It’s been a beautiful day in the west of Ireland! The sun has shone for most of it and the rain has disappeared! good thing too as the rivers are full to the brim and many have broken their banks, gushing over fields and roads!

I have wandered around the gardens, soaking up the autumn sunshine and attempting to catch a little of it all on video…enjoy!

A Life in the Country ~ The Video Tour of Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding…

Continuing the tour of Bealtaine, as we leave the Fairy Dell woodland and come out into the small garden at the front of the Bealtaine.

Looking up towards Kilronan Mountain…

A Life in the Country ~ Permaculture Garden Video

Here’s the link to Part 1 of a Tour of the Permaculture Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage

 

http://wikileaks.org/wlnet.html

Sustainable Living and the Mystical Poets

May 2011 permaculture 018Social unrest is being driven by corporate greed, and the resulting societal chaos compounded by unemployment, mental trauma, & poverty!

 Energy and food, the two most basic
commodities of life on this Earth, are increasing in value as demand for both escalates.
May 2011 Bealtaine Cottage 004This should alert everyone to the need
to prepare both individually and
collectively for the times ahead by becoming more self reliant.
May 2011 Bealtaine 002In this respect, Permaculture and the Transition Towns Movement have been at the forefront of thinking and policy development.
At Bealtaine Cottage the focus is on
creating an infrastructure for a lifestyle that is as practical and
self reliant as possible.

In doing this, one of the results is that it leaves a small ecological footprint. 

Bealtaine Cottage May 2012 013Growing lots of  food and trees for energy, as well as crafting in many different skill areas, such as spinning, knitting, sewing, making clothes, soaps, creams…all go some way towards this end.

Home made country wine book,Bealtaine Cottage permaculture


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.  ~E.F. Schumacher 
www.bealtainecottage.comSustainable living attempts to reduce use of the Earth’s natural resources. 
www.bealtainecottage.comIn conducting one’s life in ways that are consistent with sustainability, and respectful of a symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles, you will find that the actual financial cost decreases!  
www.bealtainecottage.comTherefore, sustainable living is a continual action against the vagaries of the whole system…a system that is causing such problems for so many!
www.bealtainecottage.comIn choosing to live this way, you will be voting with every penny you spend…against the corporate greed that has caused so many environmental and humanitarian problems!

recycling tins at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars…
and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is
joyful.  Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason; they are
not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to
become rich and they will never have any bank balance.  Look at the flowers –
for no reason.  It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.  ~Osho

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have
planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the
healing shadow of the woods.  Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and
pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.  ~Wendell Berry

Poetry and Nature – An Introduction To The Mystical Poets

  http://youtu.be/vjxZ-yD-AMg

 

Bealtaine Cottage has built up a Permaculture Seed Bank.

If you want to see a list of available seeds, this link will take you there…https://bealtainecottage.com/seeds-from-bealtaine-cottage/

Seeds from Bealtaine Cottage in Ireland are posted all over the world!

Bealtaine Cottage is also on YouTube…with over 110 videos about Permaculture, planting, growing and living.

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