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In Search of Sanctuary

“Sanctuary” refers to a place set aside or designated as a protected spot. Under EU Agricultural Policy there is a “Set Aside” plan for farmers to fence off small, protected areas for biodiversity. However, this does not apply to Bealtaine Cottage, as the holding is too small to be significant! I plant and protect for […]

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March Against Monsanto

The new sign at Bealtaine Cottage, alongside a more important one…”No Fracking!” Time to advertise what it is we stand for! The power of advertising is immense. Corporations and governments allocate massive amounts of money each year to get their messages of suppression and control across to the public. However, we have the access to […]

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The Magic of Life

I had no idea! Reading about soil today has enlightened me…no, transported me…into another world, seriously! The world beneath my feet. I have always had a fascination with Fairies and the world of Nature, but was never fully cognisant of the facts about our soil…that deep, dark, rich matter that gives forth all we eat. Facts […]

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The Magical Festival of Lughnasa…

The land approaches Lughnasa, (Lughnasadh), August and the beginning of Autumn. Looking at the apples today on the trees at Bealtaine Cottage, it is easy to see how this is. Harvests continue to be gathered and develop, ripening to plumpness and fullness. Tomatoes, like the ones above, grown outdoors in areas of micro-climate warmth and […]

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