Create a Permaculture Garden of Eden

Productive abundance can be achieved over time… The secret lies in planting…planting for your life, for speed is important in the precarious world we now inhabit! A good place to begin, apart from food, of course, is with hedges…and remember that any shrub, tree or perennial can make a hedge. In my book, hedges are […]

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Winter in a Permaculture Garden…and Sam!

Awoke to frost this morning and a brilliantly clear, blue sky. The stove had stayed lit all night, so the cottage was warm. It’s easy to see the level of insulation in homes, looking up at roofs, as I drive to Drumshanbo on an errand. Many of the newly built homes appear to be poorly […]

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Magical Midwinter at the Cottage

Freezing fog surrounds Bealtaine Cottage. Despite the cold, part of the day has been spent outdoors, tree-planting and dog walking. Missy decided to remain indoors. She has gotten rather snuffly again as she struggles with her condition. She craves the warmth and sleeps a lot, bless her! Once outside, adjusted to the cold with lots […]

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Ideas for Christmas on a Budget of (almost) Zero!

Christmas presents…simple painted stones that make paper-weights, door-stops or just lovely ornaments. Here are some I made earlier! Decorative Hearts made from scraps of material and stuffed with wool. These make great presents and are easy to make. Totally recycled too! A cottage on a slate…simply stones glued onto an old roof slate, together with […]

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The Precession of the Equinoxes and The Age of Aquarius

According to many sources, we are in the Age of Aquarius, though many argue over dates and calendars. On the 21st of December 2012, the winter solstice precesses through the Milky Way, which was of great mythological importance to the Mayans.   There is a belief among many that there will be unusual harmony and […]

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Quarter of a Million Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

The day has turned stormy. Winds are gusting high in the winter sky, but, inside the cottage, four thick stone walls and a wood stove ensures warmth and comfort. The Blackcurrant Pocheen rests on the pantry shelf, ready for the midwinter celebrations. Like it’s cousin, Sloe Gin, it needs a good long rest before the […]

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A Wish for The Children of Gaza

The full moon rises above Bealtaine Cottage. Last night there was a new moon, somewhere in the sky. Often times I watch the moon and think of all those it shines upon. Many dark nights, when the stars fill the sky with their own light show and shooting stars leave a momentary arch in the […]

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A Christmas Childhood

A Christmas Childhood by Patrick Kavanagh (Bealtaine Cottage in the snow…looking down the driveway in the week before Christmas, 2010.) One side of the potato-pits was white with frost- How wonderful that was, how wonderful! And when we put our ears to the paling-post The music that came out was magical. The light between the […]

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Permaculture Living in the West of Ireland

Permaculture is a way of life. It is the way of life here at Bealtaine Cottage and has been for over eight years now. Permaculture is about making the most of our resources. Regardless of where one lives, resources are all around us. From an old but usable sewing machine to a stove that burns […]

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