The Nature of the Beast

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
The patenting of seeds is a violation against Nature. The patenting of genes is also a violation against Nature. Nature cannot be owned by any corporation or government, for it is for us all to share. The privatisation of the planet is under way, supported by the very governments who…

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Seed the Future!

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
In 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! Amazing people like Elena from…

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Earth Consciousness…A Portal to the Divine

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Harvesting is under way. This year more than ever sees an immense increase in the offerings from Mother Earth. Blackcurrants 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…

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Simplicity, Frugality and Thrift…

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
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…

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

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
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.…

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The Happiness of not Having Things

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
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! “Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful…

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Heritage Seeds in a Cottage Garden

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
The 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…

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Honouring Gaia, a Simple, Spiritual Philosophy.

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
 A misty morning at Bealtaine Cottage. The very beauty of this  morning defies one not to honour the Earth, honour Gaia. 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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How is That Agriculture?

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
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…

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