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…

Returning Thanks

Saint Vincent de Paul is a charity that helps people here in Ireland cope with poverty. It does fantastic work, helping those in need pay bills, buy clothes and food and even keeping a roof over the heads of many. I decided to have a good clear out of things…clothes, books, trinkets, ornaments…all boxed up and off to the SVdP Charity shop. I am delighted that the cottage is lighter and the Charity has a little more to give. In turn, I often visit the same shop and buy clothes and occasional trinkets. It’s a great way of recycling, all…

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…

Bottling Summer

The old tin bath has been taken down from the wall of the barn. Used wine bottles are left to steep for a few hours in rainwater. Washed and clean, ready to be filled with home-made Blackcurrant wine. There is always at least one day during the Summer, when one feels enthusiastic enough to overcome the reluctance to get stuck into bottling wine…today, all the right chords were struck and the work began! Cork stoppers were duly washed and left to soak and soften, till, finally… the wine was securely bottled! All that remains to be done is labelling…Chateau Bealtaine!…

A New Way of Living

Food production can be a problem for many people who have little or no access to land. There are many who live in conditions where even a balcony is a precious space. I have spoken before about the ways in which access to growing space can be achieved, through allotments, community gardens and the like, but here is something which may prove to be an inspiration, a new way of looking at food, both growing it and eating! As an aspiring Vegan, (sometimes I miss the mark!) and dedicated grower and lover of all life, I have recently been converted…

An Evening with Mr D’Arcy

Snow is falling this evening. It has fallen in small flurries all day, only to melt and try again. This evening the snow is sticking. A near full moon rose in the afternoon sky. Spring has scurried back under a blanket of white. The oven is very hot as the stove has been kept topped up with wood, so I have slid a tray of vegetables onto the top shelf to roast…always a healthy, tasty meal. What remains will be blended into a soup, with stock and red lentils…tomorrows lunch! I visited the library in town today and borrowed  books…

Why It Matters!

Extreme weather is fast becoming normal. Another storm is on the way. This storm, according to the radio, will unleash a massive amount of water in the form of heavy rain. This morning was beautiful, as the photographs testify, today is one of extremes…or is that normal too? Apart from the predictably unpredictable weather, there is a lot of work getting done here at Bealtaine. I have been moving around the gardens with my secateurs, nipping and cutting here and there, followed by sticking and stamping in other places…inserting cuttings straight into the earth! Most of the shrubs I cut…