A Weekend of Sustainable Living…

Many people are trying to make the transition into a more sustainable way of living. Permaculture, growing food, making wine, spinning… are all facets of sustainable living that interest many people, as the economy continues to dwindle. Visitors to this blog and the Bealtaine Cottage YouTube channel continue to grow at an amazing rate…sparking an interest in what sustainable living is all about. This is an opportunity to spend a full weekend at Bealtaine Cottage, immersed in sustainable living, experiencing first hand, a comfortable and permaculture lifestyle. The subjects covered in this weekend workshop will include wine-making, composting, soft fruit…

Bealtaine Cottage Fruit Growing and Winemaking Workshop

Growing food is important. Here at Bealtaine Cottage there is another bumper crop of Blackcurrants, Rhubarb, Apples, Pears and Plums growing. Preserving and using fruit is a challenge when the crops are this abundant! Making wine is one of the delights of summer, allowing fruit to be preserved in a unique and tasteful way…wine! There will be a day long wine making and fruit growing workshop at Bealtaine Cottage on Saturday, the 29th of June. A Vegetarian lunch will be provided, as will morning and afternoon tea/coffee and home made cakes. If you would like to book a place, please…

How To Make A Willow Wigwam Plant Support…for Free!

Place a tyre on the ground. This acts as a guide to the size of the wigwam. Insert poles of Willow, Hazel or Ash into the ground around the tyre…it helps if the ground is soft! Tie the poles together at the top, string will do, but I use a few thin ‘whips’ of Willow! Now, you can begin weaving… Starting with a long stem of Willow, begin to weave in and out between the poles. Each strip woven in will begin to strengthen the support. You can experiment with different weaves, but working with 2 lengths at a time,…

The All-Ireland Permaculture Gathering…

I brought lots of flowers and seed heads into the cottage to brighten up the greyness that is July. Nothing stops the movement towards Lughnasa and the time of spiritual gathering. The “All Ireland Permaculture Gathering,” takes place near Bealtaine Cottage this year in the town of Strokestown, County Roscommon. It’s ideally placed, being located in  the near centre of the island. It happens on the first weekend of Lughnasa. For more details you can contact Hannah Mole on: http://www.permaculture.ie/news/permaculture-gathering-2012 For those wishing to visit Bealtaine Cottage on or around this time, you can get my number from Hannah…I am…