Goddess Permaculture 39…Exposed!

Thirty nine photographs of the Goddess at her best, as we rise towards Midsummer…a mere twenty four days away! An abundance of fruit, flowers and vegetables, captured this morning on film, images from a small part of the three acres of Bealtaine Cottage, in the west of Ireland…all growing on this “poor” agricultural land. I won’t take up too much of your time with words, for I would rather you simply enjoy the images, as I have done whilst drinking my morning coffee and walking the land. Many thanks to Majella and Derek who brought me the beautiful little Oak…

Visiting Bealtaine Cottage

Due to the demand from those of you wishing to visit Bealtaine Cottage, I am opening for visitors daily. However, please read on… All visits MUST be booked online! To plan and book your visit,  (booking is essential, as casual visitors will be turned away), you must be a subscriber to Bealtaine Cottage Good Life website. You will find all the details you need to plan and book your visit on https://bealtainecottage.org/ To become a member of Bealtaine Cottage Good life, simply visit:  https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/ If you have any queries you can contact me on colette0neill2010@hotmail.com

Summer in the Garden

Being able to upload 31 photos is a real treat for me, and, I hope you will get a taste of Bealtaine Cottage today. I have snapped these minutes ago and come straight in to upload and write this blog…taking time en route to give Jack a cracker treat. As you can see he’s fully engrossed with chomping! There is an abundance of Poppies this year…these are just outside the back door and almost ready to burst open! Thanks and blessings to my dear friends and supporters of the Bealtaine Cottage project. It is so very heartening to read the…

Permaculture Food Forest in Ireland

The leaves are just beginning to bud and appear. Bees are busy at work here in the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…without them this would be a place of hunger. But, it’s not…instead it boasts food for all and more to come. This is what a food forest looks like as the sap rises and life returns. These are the gardens of the goddess, Mother Earth in all her splendour and abundance! And here is today’s video… All the videos I upload are free from advertising, so you can enjoy watching… Please consider supporting Bealtaine Cottage Bealtaine Cottage is also for…

Just published on Bealtaine Cottage Good Life…

The Homefront and Using Your Loaf! BY BEALTAINE COTTAGE JANUARY 30, 2016 …The Women’s Land Army provided much of the labour force required. It was simply amazing just how short a time it took for the UK to become relatively self-sufficient in good, wholesome food! To read more, subscribe to Bealtaine Cottage Good Life at…   https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/

Economy? The Future is Local…the Illusion of Growth

I keep hens. These hens feed into my local economy in small, positive ways. However, these beautiful creatures are not part of Ireland’s economy, despite their consistent hard work! Economic growth is all about measuring the flow of money. Surplus eggs at Bealtaine Cottage are bartered for other goods. The details of that growth are almost irrelevant. Yet, every day, the news is filled with details about the economy, difficult to relate to any aspect of our daily lives. There is not one aspect of what I do here at Bealtaine Cottage which would be deemed to contribute to economic…

A Day of Sustainable Living at Bealtaine Cottage

Sewing patchwork today…finishing a bedspread…with the back-door open and the birds singing! Producing and using surplus is an integral part of living sustainably.  Upcycling our waste in a wasteful society is a way to create growth.  If there is going to be a future, then our past cannot be used as a template. We have lived in a state of excess at the cost of the future. Making soup today has allowed me to harvest and use vegetables from the garden, especially Spinach. …mmm! I love Spinach! With lots planted in the tunnel and heaps of seedlings coming on in…

Home Grown and Home Made Food

  The cost of food has risen and the overall quality has dropped. Much of the fruit and vegetables being sold in the supermarkets may look good, but the taste is somewhat lacking. Considering these issues, it is fair to say that there could not be a better time to grow your own food, as well as make, cook and bake your own food! Today I have been harvesting potatoes and clearing the beds for the next planting or simply for mulching down with cardboard and straw. The compost heap is growing by the day as the beds are cleared…