Today at Bealtaine Cottage


Rain fell last night and continues this morning.

There will be no lack of water in the well for the next few weeks!

DSC00663 I have finally given away my hens…as I no longer eat eggs and there was a lovely home ready and waiting for them where they would be more useful, as they are good layers and their eggs will be anticipated and appreciated where there is a family of people to eat them.

DSC00662I shall miss them, but as with life at Bealtaine Cottage, the void is quickly filled and the hen-house will be re-purposed and appreciated further.

DSC00661In the past, their manure was a part of developing the fertility of the land at Bealtaine, but this is no longer needed.

The compoost system is now working very well and far exceeds what any animal manure could bring to three acres.

DSC00659Seed production is well under way, with some of the harvest already collected and much more coming to fruition.

DSC00660We are now one week away from Midsummer, as evidenced in the lush growth seen here! 

DSC00655We inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans.  They are part of our own body.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

DSC00658The fruit trees and bushes were pruned back quite hard over the course of last Autumn and Winter and they are happily producing yet another bumper harvest.

DSC00656 …no matter how complex or affluent, human societies are nothing but subsystems of the biosphere, the Earth’s thin veneer of life, which is ultimately run by bacteria, fungi and green plants.  

~Vaclav Smil 

DSC00657Your deepest roots are in nature.  No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation.  

~Charles Cook  



“If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.”
J.M. Coetzee


    • I have indeed, Dimka, and looked into the cost…which turned out to be quite prohibitive. It would never have been purchased at the prices I was quoted, plus packing and postage too!

  1. I was interested to see your straw mulch – I’ve been reading The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell and he talks about this and other forms of mulch. We are in complete limbo at the moment as our house is not yet sold so we can’t make the move (hopefully to Wales) where I’m hoping to start my permaculture garden. Your posts are full of inspiration for me. I’m not sure I can go all the way to vegan – I so love cheese (and eggs!!).

  2. Hi Colette, beautiful post……must have been hard to wave goodbye to the Hens. Great to be a Vegan though. My Blackcurrant Plants I received from you have all taken, and the Nasturtium seeds and Lunaria too…..I so love that seed from you and Bealtaine are thriving in my garden…….I hope you have apeaceful Summer Solstice, under the special energy of that Cairn and the amazing space you have co-created with Mother Earth X

  3. Good morning Colette, how wonderful your gardens look, verdant and lush, so much life. Which apple trees thrive for you at Bealtaine Cottage? While browsing I spotted a beautiful bowl of apples in one of you posts. Sally

  4. Collette I would love to hear the details about your human composting system. It sounds like you have a system that works well for you and I would love to see pictures and hear details about how it all works!!!

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