The Nature of the Beast

…destroying what remains of a planet and its’ people in crisis.

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roses at Bealtaine CottageThe patenting of seeds is a violation against Nature.

Bealtaine Cottage June 2013The patenting of genes is also a violation against Nature.

poppies at bealtaine CottageNature cannot be owned by any corporation or government, for it is for us all to share.

Lunaria at Bealtaine CottageThe privatisation of the planet is under way, supported by the very governments who are under trust to protect us all and represent our best interests in state.

Buttercups and Driftwood at Bealtaine CottageGreed is rewarded with patents in the US courts, as the very essence of life itself is being pimped as a product of the corporation…seed.

May blossom at Bealtaine CottageQuite simply…Nature is being subjected to Corporate Cannibalism, as corporations like Monsanto feast upon small seed companies, the last hope of a planet in crisis!

poppies at Bealtaine Cottage The Earth offers her bounty…the Divine harvest of love and promise, first in food and then in seed, a gift for all to share!

Poppies in the sun at Bealtaine CottageHowever, the nature of the beast that eyes the feast is greed…eye-popping…

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Seed the Future!

This is the year for you to take your future into your own hands and save seed, share seed, gift seed and talk about the seed…it is your future, it is my future.

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Propagator at Bealtaine CottageIn my small attempts to stand up to the Ecocidal Monsters of this world, I often feel like David (of Goliath fame), and then I am reminded of the massive opposition to Government and Corporate plans to control our planet and all the life therein!
Polytunnel at Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardens in April 2013Amazing people like Elena from Greece, who posted seeds to me  last year…one of many subscribers to Bealtaine Cottage who is doing incredible work in protecting our Seed Sovereignty, without which we have NO future at all! home made polytunnel at Bealtaine CottageElena has written to me to inform us all about what is happening in two days time!
veranda at Bealtaine CottageElena writes:I am writing now to tell you that on January 20th there will be a big demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels about the forthcoming seed laws (maybe you already know this, of course). Activists from all over Europe  are coming to Brussels to be there, and events are…

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Earth Consciousness…A Portal to the Divine

…it is not the third dimensional consciousness we are accustomed
to.

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Harvesting is under way.

This year more than ever sees an immense increase in the offerings from Mother Earth.

10 July 2014 005Blackcurrants are taking up much of my time over recent weeks.

Bag after bag is sealed and placed in the freezer to await further instructions! 

Several hundred pounds of Blackcurrants from what was only two original bushes, but now number several dozen…easy to grow and multiply from cuttings stuck straight into the earth!

10 July 2014 010Trees have put out a huge amount of wood which will be coppiced later in the year.

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This beautiful, forgiving form of energy that aids the environment as it grows ready for use! 

Masses of flowers with the resulting seed-heads…growing abundance that is now unstoppable.

10 July 2014 053Seeds that wing their way all over the planet to spread abundance in places I shall probably never gaze upon…the magic of life is impenetrable!

10 July 2014 012And through all this ceaseless activity, Sammy-Bear sunbathes and yawns…

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Simplicity, Frugality and Thrift…

Budget wallet, millionaire style!

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Made today…

Frugality, simplicity and thrift…cutting down old curtains bought at a Boot Fair, to make new curtains for this window.

Hung on curtain wire…the cheapest and most effective way to hang light curtains.

And cafe curtains on the kitchen windows… These curtains are easy and fast to make, sewing in straight lines and no need for accessories of any kind!

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Think twice before you throw away tins…they make wonderful pots for plants!

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Floral displays are easy to create from all kinds of cuttings.

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Twisted willow wreathes require little or no skill to make and the materials are free and readily collected from the hedgerows.

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Candles for Midwinter, made over recent days, using candle scraps collected up over the course of the year.

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A string of hearts made from scrap materials…one of those curtain pattern sample books that shops find difficult to dispose of!

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Home made biscuits to give as…

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How to Make a Biodegradable Willow Wreath…easy and free!

Adding Ivy…symbol of the spiral path of the Self…

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Cut a range of willow stems, including Dogwood and any other bendy shrubs or woods you can easily access and lay them on the floor to grade them in length.

Take a long length of green willow and made a circle, twisting the spare of the length around the circle.

Following this,  insert another long length as you can see, and twist this around the circle.

Twisting long lengths to start the circle, strengthens the hoop and makes it easier to follow on with shorter pieces.

You can keep adjusting the circle to make it as round as possible.

The willow will bend and shape quite readily.

Keep adding in lengths, inserting the thick end in between the woven lengths.

Excess pieces of willow can be snipped off as you go or at the end of the work.

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The Happiness of not Having Things

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler…

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Apple Jelly made from apples grown and harvested here at Bealtaine Cottage Smallholding

This will keep well for years if stored in a cool pantry and can be used in baking and cooking and makes a wonderful sweet and sour sauce!

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“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language,
and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. 

Upcycled water taps at Bealtaine Cottage

The
consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and
has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”

 ~Elise Boulding

And so, tied down with the complex consumerism of life, we don’t get time to see and appreciate the simple frost on leaves, or deeply inhale the clear, morning air…

Bealtaine permaculture cottage 005Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a
burden,

and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to…

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Heritage Seeds in a Cottage Garden

Monsanto eat your heart out, for this is what we gardeners do well…preserve the seed!

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rocket stove in the permaculture gardenThe morning is dry and hot.

7am sees me boiling the kettle on the rocket stove, eager for fresh coffee.

The water is ready in under 10 minutes, from lighting the stove and inserting a handful of twigs.

As I walk back into the cottage a blackbird swoops noisily through the courtyard, followed by it’s assailant, another blackbird.

These birds are very territorial!

Ox-Eye Daisies in the permaculture gardensThe Dog Daisies are opening in the heat of the morning.

These magical flowers were used to treat madness and Smallpox during the middle ages!

Daisies in the gravel at Bealtaine CottageThese Ox-Eye Daisies were thrown onto this patch of gravel as seed two years ago and are ready to make a fine show this summer.

During the time of the early Christian church, this flower was dedicated to Mary Magdalen and became known as the Maudlin Daisy!

Ox-Eye daisies in the garden at Bealtaine CottageThey are lovely, wild flowers to grow in poor soil, but are not good for…

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Honouring Gaia, a Simple, Spiritual Philosophy.

Gaia…a way of living…

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 A misty morning at Bealtaine Cottage.

The very beauty of this  morning defies one not to honour the Earth, honour Gaia.

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This is an important part of living with and on Gaia.

We have a co-dependent “Web of Life” that includes all physical forms of existence from plants to humans.

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Gaia is Earth’s authentic name as “She” is therefore personalized in order for us as humans to have a better relationship with Her.


Bog Garden at Bealtaine Cottage

Each morning I choose to endeavour to reduce my human impact on Gaia, by  being mindful of my actions and moderate with natural resources.

Be Respectful of Life in All Its Forms.

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As a practising Gaian, becoming a vegetarian was a natural response to the growing environmental concerns and a way of living lightly on the Earth.

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Being respectful and courteous not only of human life, but also animal and to an extent plant life, is part of a…

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How is That Agriculture?

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Food is now grown under mass monoculture systems of what is called Agriculture.

This is the madness of monoculture…

The Earth’s soil is depleting rapidly, at more than 13% the rate it can be replaced.

Massive amounts of chemicals and sprays are need to keep food growing.

How is that agriculture?

Veranda at Bealtaine CottageMonoculture is now being extended into the very seeds we use to grow food.

We have lost 75% of the world’s crop varieties over the last century!

Monsanto want to reduce that even more!

How is that agriculture?

Potting up in the polytunnelOver recent years, we’ve had hundreds  of millions of tons of herbicides, pesticides, pollutants and chemicals dumped onto crops, polluting our soil and waterways.

How is that agriculture?

Hanging basket at Bealtaine CottageMore than one million chickens are kept at any one time in intensive warehouse conditions.

Pig farms can house several thousands of pigs at a time.

How is that agriculture?

Buddha at the back doorIn many of…

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