Earth Day at Bealtaine Cottage

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Photographs (18 exclusive photos taken today) from the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage on EarthDay 2016. Words from the Earth Day network…on Bealtaine Cottage Good Life. We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. In 1970, the year of our first […]

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Magical Days

Gardens in Spring are one of Nature’s great delights. Here at Bealtaine Cottage the back door remains open and the sun streams in. My grandson, Dylan sips tea, whilst nearby, Charlie sleeps on the rocking chair. It is days like these that are idyllic to recall, as the days of Spring and Summer stretch out […]

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A Time of Hope

Imbolc is the day that we celebrate the passing of Winter and the return of Spring. Imbolc marks the seasonal change, where the first signs of Spring and the return of the sun are noted. A festival of light, to celebrate the return of the sun, now gaining power in its’ ascent from its’ low […]

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Rising to Imbolc

The morning in the garden is bitterly cold. These are the days before Imbolc. We have endured the long sleep and are ready to waken to Imbolc… Magical days, filled to the brim with anticipation, a sense of urgency too, as the precious days of sleep and hibernation in the gardens comes to a close. […]

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From A Window on Earth Day

Spring progresses through the west of Ireland. It may be Earth Day, but every day is so. Earth is our only home. Clear skies and sunshine have hastened the beginning of Summer. I walked around the cottage this morning and snapped a picture of the view from each window. Now that the warmer days are […]

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Keeping Hens, in the Town or Country

┬áThe hens have settled into their new home and are all laying. Happy clucks and soft singing emanates out from the hen house. The secure enclosure promises to keep the Fox family away…for I have lost too many of my lovely hens to Mr and Mrs Fox. Inside, the house is spacious and comfortable, with […]

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Easter in a Permaculture Garden…700th Post!

This is what happens in Permaculture…surplus is fed back into the system or shared out! In this case there was a small surplus of blue paint…the outcome is what you see here! I woke to a magnificent sunrise this morning…Kilronan Mountain is shrouded in mist, so doesn’t appear to exist at all! Bees are buzzing […]

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Warm,Naked Earth

The naked earth is warm with Spring,And with green grass and bursting treesLeans to the sun’s kiss glorying,And quivers in the sunny breeze.~Julian Grenfell …except, in Permaculture gardens, little is naked, most is covered, yet the earth beneath the green mantle warms just the same. April has set Spring firmly in place, with early sunrise […]

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