A New Kitchen for 50 euros? Easy!

The walls painted and stencilled, the floor painted and sealed, there was little to do except sew the new curtains. A mass of green gingham fell into my lap, enough for the job, so I set about sewing and hanging… Frugality and simplicity are cornerstones of permaculture, so simple curtains, made from sustainable cotton are an easy way to complete a re-decoration. The time sewing them was interspersed with baking a cake and listening to a podcast. Multi-tasking is easy. Life is simple and abundant. The first curtains are hung on the west window. I shall leave the top windows…

Walking in the Edible Garden This Morning…

It’s amazing what a little rain manages to achieve in a growing vegetable bed. This is the new raised bed constructed less than a week ago and already settled into the garden. All plants were grown on in trays, then pots to give them a fighting chance against the all-invasive Irish slug…so far, so good! Potatoes are all growing well in the old compost area from last year…the ground is full of nutrients. I move the compost area each year as a way of bringing fertility to as much of the ground as possible. Comfrey is growing to grand heights,…

A Vintage Feel to Frugal (…or the trend of less is more).

I’ve been de-cluttering over recent weeks. An empowering exercise that allows one to see the beauty of less is more… Despite the trend of pretending to have little, distressing perfectly good furniture to add a vintage look and working hard to create a ‘country, frugal feel,’ to one’s home, the reality of actually living this way is liberating! At Bealtaine Cottage, money is not an option…living a frugal life is the only way to go and the rewards are immense. The little stool above has been carefully re-painted each year to protect it from the elements. The plastic slippers are…