The Storm

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The wind had engulfed the cottage for several days, starting its angry encirclement in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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The kettle kept a simmer on the stove for cups of tea to pass the evening in quiet repose.

permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage 011The storm raged for most of yesterday too and now, this morning, the rain falls softly on the trees, hardly making a sound on the roof of the veranda.

Last evening the candles burned as the electricity flicked on and off in little staggers.

permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage 009The stove in the sitting room was lit and I made up a bed on the sofa.

Myself, Jack and Missy kept company as the wind howled overhead.

permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage 020The weather has settled down this morning…just a drizzle of soft rain that keeps a persistence about it.

Work here continues in the tunnel, clearing the beds and digging in new compost for the winter plantings.

Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Chard were planted this morning.

The Garlic will go in outdoors in the potager beds, before the soil cools down too much…it gives them a better start! permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage 014The harvesting continues as more and more produce is brought onto the shelter of the veranda.

I will slice and freeze some of the apples, sprinkling them with a little sugar and cinnamon first…this helps to keep them better.

permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage 019One would find it hard to believe that there was a storm at all, looking around the gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage…the benefit of planting over 900 trees; just heaps of shelter now!

permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage 018The apples are still on all the trees!

Just a few more days until the Equinox…

Here are the wonderful “Moving Hearts” with their classic, played live, “The Storm”



  1. So glad you made it through the storm OK with your little ones all cozy and safe. 😉 Here in southern Alabama, USA it is hot and muggy. I am looking forward to our winter storms that begin in November through March.They are not dangerous, just VERY WET! LOL! I really love your Permaculture homestead since I found it online a couple of weeks ago. Keep up the good work. You are amazing!

  2. Sounds like a lovely way to weather the storm. I have a technical question about the polytunnel and/or a cold frame. How do you deal with watering, since it’s not left open to the rain? Is your surrounding ground just so wet in the winter that you don’t need to water inside, or do you hand carry water in? (I assume it would get too cold over the winter for a drip irrigation system to continue working all the time.) Just curious how others handle this, as I’ll be having my first cold frame tunnel over a raised bed this winter. I know the plants need less water when it gets colder, but I assume they still need some! Thanks and blessings, Laura

    • I carried water in for several years, but had a standpipe tap put in last year, after the pipe from the well got split by a spade…so made the most of the event and got the tap fitted!

      • Ah, that does sound like making the most of the event! I’m not sure what we’ll do here, but the covered bed is only 4 x 8, with an easily pulled back top. Maybe I can just catch some rain on a warmer, rainy day. The other bed will go uncovered, but with very cold hardy crops. All an experiment! Thanks for replying. 🙂

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