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.
Snow is falling this evening. It has fallen in small flurries all day, only to melt and try again. This evening the snow is sticking. A near full moon rose in the afternoon sky. Spring has scurried back under a blanket of white. The oven is very hot as the stove has been kept topped up with wood, so I have slid a tray of vegetables onto the top shelf to roast…always a healthy, tasty meal. What remains will be blended into a soup, with stock and red lentils…tomorrows lunch! I visited the library in town today and borrowed books and DVDs, always good value, as the yearly membership of less than ten euros covers all loans, unlimited throughout the year. Tonight will be a cosy time watching Pride and Prejudice, (The BBC version) on DVD in the lodge, wood-burning stove hot and kettle boiling for tea atop! It will be cosy enough to enjoy the thought of snow all around the cottage. It is a dreadful thing to be cold. If I relied on Electric, Gas or Oil, I would be huddled in blankets for sure, as all are prohibitively expensive. The advantage of the wood stove is that I can even burn old pallet wood in it and be assured of heat. The skips in cities are filled with waste wood and many people are cold…this is nonsensical! Earlier today, as the sun shone into the cottage, Jack spread himself across the floor, enjoying the day that was. It was lovely to watch him lapping up the Spring sunshine. There has been a small lapse back into winter, but Spring is here!