A Day in Early Spring

Juicing is a great way to ensure one has the maximum of vitamins and minerals and this is something I do every day. It’s also a reason to keep greens growing all the year around, as even small bits can be added to the juicer and vital vitamins extracted. I’ve used some small bits of […]

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Midwinter Cottage

The air is still. The storm has passed.  Stillness and silence pervades the cottage. Jack is in his bed, and the boys continue to doss away the morning in the Lodge. A midwinter scene repeated all across the northern hemisphere. Someone remarked on the increasing silence they noticed in the world around them. Midwinter is a silent time, […]

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The Heart of the Matter

Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre is a wonderful place for any unwanted dog or cat to end up…because 97% of these poor, abandoned animals are re-homed! Today I visited Christine Coulson, the lady whose dedicated commitment to the welfare of animals in this part of Ireland, made the sanctuary possible. Chistine opened this light of hope […]

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Fairy Lights

Winter sunlight turns bare branches, that drip with rain, into fascinating fairy lights. Silver prisms of fantasy, dangling precariously from thin Birch trees. The days of light and dark are confused with bright full moons, illuminating the bare landscape… This is a delightful time of year, as the sun makes its steady progress downwards, ever down… […]

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Moving Forward…

There’s a touch of early autumn in the air. The air is cool and the sun is hidden behind low cloud and even a little mist. I must admit to loving this time of year! The morning is filled with activity as I clear space for my bigger and better workshop addition. This is all […]

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Cottage Garden Harvest

Red onions and seeds dry in the heat of the afternoon sun at Bealtaine Cottage. The Permaculture harvest is on it’s way. I am saving lots of seed from the biggest, healthiest and tastiest plants! The rain came and has left a little water…not much, but enough to fill the tank in the loft! Herbs […]

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Cottage Industry

Gifts from Bealtaine Cottage… Lots of work going on here at the cottage making earrings…these are now in the Bealtaine Cottage Etsy Shop… Bead Earrings   Beautiful and very light-weight Bead drop Earrings with tiny bells on the end, that jingle softly as you move. I make each pair with attention to detail and colour…you […]

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Framed, Raw and Rather Juicy!

I was given this beautiful old frame by a guy in a second-hand market in the local town. It is one of the most beautiful picture frames I have ever come across. Look closely at it, for it is a colourful mosaic of sea washed glass and shells. For several years now it has waited […]

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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 […]

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