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…
I have completed the kitchen…new floor, new walls, new curtains and hangings and all for less than 50 euros.
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.
Logs, 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.
Less really is more.
Keep it natural.
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