Companion Planting in Permaculture

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Here are some of the combinations that have worked really well for me this summer here at Bealtaine Cottage. Pumpkins, Kale and Nasturtium…the bees love the flowers on the Nasturtium, bringing them in towards the Pumpkin flowers. Another strange but beautiful combination…Celery and Rudbeckia. Rudbeckia is late flowering and especially…

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The Magical and The Sacred

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
It is a rare thing…to be lost for words. A day in Autumn that changes one perspective on life and the meaning of it all. Where shall I begin? Perhaps where I started, this morning, camera in my dressing gown pocket and mug of hot coffee in my hand, traipsing…

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Plundering the Future

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
All our wealth comes from the natural world. Looking out upon the Midsummer Solstice morning makes me want to weep…for what are we doing to our beautiful planet? This is a stark realization, in terms of how we relate to Mother Earth, for we can survive without most material goods, but…

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World Vision

Midsummer has arrived in her usual blaze of triumphant colour. The longest day is here! I have celebrated eleven Midsummers at Bealtaine Cottage and watched as the vibrancy of life has taken hold, year after year multiplying in abundance and vitality. Not even I knew how it was to be! This morning, as the sun […]

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The Most Sacred Thing

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
    Marija Gimbutas was a most extraordinary Archaeologist, perhaps the first archaeologist to look at how life was lived in the days before war! Yes, it is amazing to think that such a world ever existed, but one needs to listen to some of the recordings of her work…

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The Great Creatrix

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
The photographer from Irish Country Magazine has just left…the magazine photo-shoot is over! You can read all about Bealtaine Cottage in the Dec/Jan edition, which will be on the shelves at the end of November! As we walked around the gardens, the conversation turned to the story of how Bealtaine…

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Healing our Environment and Saving our Earth.

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
The weather has been mild and very damp, ideal for mushroom growing. There are lots of these growing in the tunnel. Though it’s not actually mushrooms I want to talk about today. You see there are things on my mind that are troubling me… Biting the Hand that feeds YOU!…

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