In the beginning, the cottage as I first saw it, May 2004.
Autumn 2015…over 1,000 trees and hundreds of shrubs later.
The back of the cottage fences off with barbed wire and ridden with rushes.
Now with a wooden barn attached to the gable wall.
From further back, same view 2014.
The other side of the barbed wire, abused land, wet and rushy.
Looking in the same direction in 2014.
The view from the front of the cottage.
Same view, Winter 2014.
Same view, Autumn 2014.
Looking east to where the orchards and poly-tunnel are now.
Same view Autumn 2014.
Cutting back the rushes before planting.
Same view, but a little closer to the cottage.
The front, with the old concrete block porch…too small and very cold!
Same view…Wooden porch replaces the concrete one.
Another view of the east garden with an angry-looking cow behind dreadful barbed wire!
Hard to believe it’s the same view!
Looking down from the cottage into the gardens.
Same view in Summer 2015.
No chemicals used over the 11 years.
No Monsanto or GMOs
No one but myself planting.
Most trees and shrubs grown from seed or cuttings.
From the Bealtaine Cottage channel on Youtube…enjoy!