Creating Environment and Powering Down!

Most of the energy we use at home comes from burning fossil fuels. Using less energy means burning fewer fossil fuels and putting less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Over the past twelve years I have endeavoured to reduce not just my own carbon footprint, but that of Bealtaine Cottage and gardens. When first planting the forest gardens it was important to keep the paths open, so mowing once a week during the growing season was a huge task! That issue is now almost resolves as the trees have shaded the paths… and dropped lots of leaves to create quite…

Evening in an Irish Cottage…

The sun has set into the west, far out on the Atlantic Ocean and the night draws in. The candle is lit in the kitchen window, a soft light to welcome the night, while on the far side of the room a small lamp illuminates the dark.  “I love to watch the fine mist of the night come on, The windows and the stars illumined, one by one, The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily, And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass; And when old Winter…