Re-painting the cottage has made a big difference to the light inside and the way in which the walls now reflect the outside in. I made new curtains from simple gingham.
There is now a green floor in the kitchen with gold spirals all across it.
The vegetable garden has been moved closer to the cottage and is now a potager style with easier access.
However, the real change has happened in my own life and it is a change worth celebrating and sharing with all.
I became Vegan…no longer consuming any animal products and eating a fully plant-based diet.
I consider this to be the most beneficial lifestyle choice I have ever embraced.
I am transformed in the way I live my life.
Not only have I shed a considerable amount of weight and have loads more energy, I sleep well and feel calmer and more positive than ever before.
I heartily recommend this way of eating. I call it, “Living Lightly upon the Earth.”
As my birthday approaches this autumn, a sense of renewal is exciting me as I open up the big box of winter clothes…not many of them now fit me, so the sewing machine will be put to good use altering and reshaping much of my wardrobe!
This may even be a good time to host a “Clothes Swap Party,” and enjoy an evening of fun with friends and some home-made wine and clothes exchanging! The winter months are a good time to share time with friends and family. I have re-engaged my love of knitting recently and intend putting the spinning wheel into action soon too.
I have an idea to knit socks this winter.
Hand-knits are so luxurious these days as so much is mass produced and cheaply made…ugh!
A lovely idea for gifts is really anything hand-made and special…little hamper baskets of home-made goodies are the very best Yuletide gifts to make and give.
14 years of Goddess Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland...drop in, power up!
Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer and teacher who has devoted the past 14 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process.
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