Severe Weather and Climate Change

An incredible storm has raged all day long and continues into this dark, cold night. The wind has howled around the cottage, shaking the trees so fiercely that the ground has trembled! Thunder and lightning, hailstones rattling the windows and snow…this is the worst storm I have witnessed in over ten years at Bealtaine Cottage! […]

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The Cottage in the Woods

Winter edges away slowly, with lighter mornings and longer days. The Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage have emerged this year into the Permaculture Woods. However, I’ve got to admit that I’ve been flagging recently! A combination of the time of year, family commitments and basically just trying too hard to do too much! The saying […]

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Rising to Imbolc

The morning in the garden is bitterly cold. These are the days before Imbolc. We have endured the long sleep and are ready to waken to Imbolc… Magical days, filled to the brim with anticipation, a sense of urgency too, as the precious days of sleep and hibernation in the gardens comes to a close. […]

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And Then It Snowed…

Snow fell heavy on this Permaculture smallholding in the West of Ireland today and suddenly we were back in the midst of winter. The light changed, as the reflective quality of the snow worked it’s magic. “Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white […]

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The Economy of Resilience

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During 2014, much of what we assumed to be reality was turned on it’s head. The great recovery of the economy turned out to be a case of a great slump in China, the economic barometer of the western world. For, if we are not buying consumer goods, it reflects in China’s economic growth. It […]

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Permaculture Works…A Ten Year Transformation!

Just over ten years ago I bought a derelict cottage standing on three acres of wet, rush-infested, north-facing land. This is how I transformed it, using only Permaculture and my own labour. See for yourself and share the magic! Year One…the pond and stream beds were dug and the water has flowed ever since! For […]

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