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 uncovered until late Autumn, just before the winter draws in…

Both windows are now finished and I even had enough material left for curtaining the sink area.

Now to find some nice material to sew a table cloth…

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I have completed the kitchen…new floor, new walls, new curtains and hangings and all for less than 50 euros.

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, majestic and abundant in the days before harvesting.

Walking around the edible garden this morning was a heavily scented experience as the rain last night pushed up earthy perfumes from the garden.

This is a tiny fraction of the berry harvest growing here, this morning, at Bealtaine Cottage.

These are Jostaberries, a cross between a blackcurrant and a gooseberry…they are delicious!

The path to the tunnel is bordered with foxgloves, beautiful in their ascendency this morning. You can see the Oregano and Blackcurrant cutting growing happily underneath.

And look what was waiting for me in the tunnel…

And on the way back from the tunnel, stopping by the shed, I spotted this beautiful Valerian growing single-mindedly against the side of the building… wilful and independent…

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 several years old, comfortable and practical, despite costing only a couple of euros.

Bird boxes all made from bits of used wood and metal, a gift from a friend in a fair exchange.

These will be put up around the gardens for yet more birds to make their homes in…a pleasure to watch that money cannot buy!

A permaculture gravel garden, fashioned from the leftovers and recycled bits of everyday life.

Permaculture Cottage August 2011 003Logs, stones, tyres and stones, merge together informally to lend an “always been here,” feel to the courtyard of the cottage.

A garden path made from spare gravel and plant cuttings, together with scattered seed and wild flowers, cost: zero.

Simplify your life.

Permaculture at Bealtaine  Cottage August 2011 004Less really is more.

Bealtaine Cottage 2nd August 2011 Permaculture Cottage 007Keep it natural.

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