Colette O'Neill, creative force at Bealtaine Cottage… Ireland's Sustainable Living, Permaculture Lifestyle Practitioner, celebrating 12 yrs growing a sustainable sanctuary for Mother Earth, with magical gardens powered by Goddess-inspired Permaculture. Mother Earth can live without us. We cannot live apart from Her. It's time to nurture and care for our only home.
A New Era at Bealtaine Cottage
Smoke rises into a clear blue January sky.
The birds are singing like it’s Spring and black ice covers the road by the gate. My friend Michael is here this morning to finally remove the toilet and install my compost loo.
The septic tank is, from today, a grey water tank!
I have been using the compost system for the past year, keeping the flush toilet for visitors, but this is the time to finally say goodbye to a system that no longer makes any sense!
Those who visit, or stay at Bealtaine Cottage, will experience a neat loo, that is both efficient and hygienic, adding to the environment rather than being a source of pollution.
I shall write a blog and post pics of the new loo in a few days time…
Meanwhile, there are signs of life all the way through the permaculture gardens, with Daffodils pushing up through the more sheltered earth under the Beech trees.
The sun is not yet high enough on the horizon to reach the paths in the Bog Garden, many of which will remain frozen for weeks to come.
In the sheltered parts of the woodland, Ferns remain green and quite lush.
Many keep their life until new fronds unfurl in late Spring.
The Willow continues to be cut, tied and stacked in the barn.
Many of the Fedges will need to be pruned before Spring and vigorous new growth that follows.
This Fedge borders the stream that runs from the Spring Well.
Many of the Bird Boxes around the gardens will need to be water-proofed with whatever I have to hand…usually a coat or two of gloss paint.
This does not seep into the wood and so does not harm nestlings in the box.
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