Country Living at Bealtaine Cottage, Ballyfermoyle, Ireland.
Laundry washing has taken a new twist with the predicted demise of my washing machine!
I say “predicted” because, quite frankly, these machines are not built to last and form an integral part of the “throw-away” society that is ruining the Earth upon which we live!
So…I have reverted to hand-washing…
I have rinsed the washed clothes in this rainwater barrel…and there’s no need to empty this as the over-flow runs away into the ditch, so there’s always fresh water…well, this is the west of Ireland!
This is, by the way, the very best way to soften clothes and dismisses the need for softening chemicals!
Walking around the gardens on this fine Friday, I have become aware of the huge amount of young trees, planted fairly close together that will need coppicing. This is good news as I am reliant on the gardens for providing the stove with wood to burn. Once coppiced, the trees will grow multiple stems and continue to provide.
There’s lots of cones on the pine trees that will look great in Christmas decorations. Table decorations are easy to make and can look stunning!
The leaves on the Flowering Cherry Tree on the North bank have finally dropped and now brighten the ground with their autumn colour. Autumn has lingered this year and it remains quite mild in the descent to Midwinter.