Food in the Midwinter Garden

It’s surprising just how much food is growing in the gardens of Bealtaine at this time of year, the time of scarcity…but far from it! There’s the makings of a decent salad, with Fennel, Japanese salads like Mizuna and others as well as a lovely edible garnish in the form of Pansy flowers. In other […]

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Lifting the Spirits

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Midwinter is over. For many the celebration of Christmas has begun. Last minute frenetic shopping today and tomorrow… The days here at Bealtaine are beginning to lengthen. Not tangible as yet, but optimism for more daylight has taken hold and sometimes that is enough…simply knowing that the darkness has passed.…

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Yule and the Turning of the Wheel

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Origins of Yule The great Festival of Yule, beginning at the time of the Winter Solstice and lasting for a full twelve days, summed up the cycle of the Celtic year. The word Yule, according to the Venerable Bede, came from the Norse word Iul meaning ‘wheel’ and suggested that…

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Midwinter in an Irish Cottage

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Rain is falling, softly, silently, onto a warm land. The air is still. Birds sing out loud. A touch of Spring is in the air as Midwinter approaches. It often happens this way, birds singing in the still air near Solstice. The cold is saved for January…the biting winds that…

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Goddess Permaculture and what it looks like…

In between making soup and working in the gardens today, I’ve made this screen show for your enjoyment… The Bealtaine Project is a full-time labour of love for Colette O’Neill, aiming to encourage and support those wishing to live more sustainably “with” rather than “on”” Mother Earth. To this end, Colette writes, photographs, films and […]

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Easiest Ever Soup Recipe!

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Soup, especially home made soup, is the mainstay meal of the Winter, providing healthy nourishment every day. I decided to get a big pot of Vegetable Soup going today. The stove was hot and I was sorting out the kitchen cupboards. Here you can see the remainder of a wonderful…

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The Closing Chapter

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
Summer began to melt into Autumn at Bealtaine Cottage amidst a flurry of bees and butterflies, more than ever witnessed in the permaculture gardens. Harvesting began and the kitchen was a place of jam jars and bottles, all waiting to be filled and labelled. The glut of blackcurrants became wine,…

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Chocolate Brownies on a Frosty Morning

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
The oven was very hot on the wood stove last night. As I watched the thermostat creep forever upwards, I imagined it to be a sign…to make a batch of Vegan Chocolate Brownies…never waste a hot oven! And so I quickly got the ingredients together from the pantry and whipped…

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Remembering…

As the days grow shorter and the evenings longer there is a quietness in the gardens and around the cottage that is rather haunting. Much of what I do now is centred around preparing for the Midwinter Feast and the continuing festivities of Yule. Family and friends will be arriving from as far away as […]

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