Country Living, Permaculture Style, in the West of Ireland

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Lots of cutting back to be done at the end of the season.

Masses of kindling here that will be stored to dry in the barn.

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The land is slowly returning to fertility as the trees grow and shed leaves each Autumn and the bird-life increases, along with insects and bees.

September 2011 Bealtaine Cottage 001Jack waits patiently for his walk as I take a rest from candle-making…the day is ripe for being outdoors…

There’s something quite delicious about sitting down with a cup of tea and putting one’s feet up…in this case on the coffee table.

I don’t have a television so keep an abundance of books around me…

The candle-making continues…tidying up to do, but not before a dozen or so big candles are made…


    • I use the paraffin wax pellets and make the standard mix, but I also use wax chunks from leftovers. Using a selection of 3 different size wicks and priming them as standard and relating to the size of the candle I am pouring. I am using just 2 moulds at the moment. It’s quite straightforward really! Basic candle-making skills can be learned in a day workshop and are not too complex really.

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