Bealtaine Cottage has built up a Permaculture Seed Bank.
If you want to see a list of available seeds, this link will take you there… https://bealtainecottage.com/seeds-from-bealtaine-cottage/
Seeds from Bealtaine Cottage in Ireland are posted all over the world!
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Morning merges into early afternoon.
There is a seamlessness about the work on this last day of September.
Somewhere, in the distance, a crow calls its lonely caw…it’s repetitive and makes me think an animal has caught it…perhaps a fox.
I have watched the fox make it’s way across the rushy fields, darting here and there among the clumps of withering green.
Deep in the Fairy Wood, cutting and stacking with my little handsaw, all I experience from the outside world are noises of life without.
Once so very timid, he is finding his own place in this world, where he initially found only rejection.
I love him for having the tenacity to stay with it all…one of the small things that weave the tapestry of life here at Bealtaine.
I have no idea why, but the shape draws me in.
I see hearts everywhere.
They fascinate me.
It seems that the view from this window changes every time I pass it…
I write and post about Bealtaine Cottage, on this website, as well as making and posting Youtube (ad-free) videos, about permaculture and life at Bealtaine Cottage, to provide inspiration and empowerment for all seeking a better way of living on this precious Earth.
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The permaculture harvest continues, along with the increasing numbers of visitors to Bealtaine Cottage.
Garlic is harvested, dried and stored…just in time for re-planting the crop for next year, in just a few more weeks.
As the world teeters once more on the brink of chaos, in the forms of war and nuclear contamination from Fukushima, getting the harvest home and planning for next Spring is a way of keeping one’s sanity!
It’s also a way of nurturing optimism and hope for the future!
I let them do their own thing and they have produced wildly!
All the tomatoes are late, but then the summer was dithering in and out of Spring this year!
Even the Perlagoniums in the photo above are in late flower after several months of sleepy time!
As the summer fades into Autumn, the light changes inside and around the cottage in the most delightful ways.
Shadows prevail in unfamiliar places, making all look quite different.
I am continuing to use the remainder of last year’s Blackcurrants!
More wine I think!
I was invited to give a talk to the Green Party recently and am invited to give another talk at an Arts festival in Connemara…along with a wine making demonstration, so will be finding use for excess Blackcurrant crops!
This is a good place to dry herbs when the stove is lit, as it gets very hot very fast!
I looked up some old recipes for using Blackberries, so will be collecting them and saving them in the freezer, ready to use in a plethora of delicious recipes!
Food for free and lots of it!
The new compost heap is being stacked up daily, so am already thinking about next planting season!
It’s a good idea to wear cotton scarves around shoulders and neck and take them off indoors!
Along with all the food harvested, there is an abundance of seeds to bring in and herbs to dry and store.
This is also the time to begin collecting tree seeds to sow in pots…something I do every year!
Nasturtiums, Lobelia, Petunia, Sweet William, Perlagonium, Valerian and Night Scented Stock are jostling for space near the back door.
Abundance reigns supreme in the gardens, as seen here in these lovely old-fashioned roses that lead the way up to the new orchard.
This is a strange bee with a black bottom half.
These beds are very abundant and productive, considering the shallow depth and intensive planting…the weather is promised good for tomorrow!
This cable table has sat in the garden for eight years…great garden furniture for free!
Sunflowers and lots of seeds getting ready for harvesting in the tunnel in these Potager raised beds.
Friday evening at Bealtaine…the rocket stove is boiling the kettle for another pot of tea…could it get any better?
Would this be equal to a few solar panels?
Lugh was the god of arts and crafts among Celtic tribes and Lughnasa sat high in the Calendar of festivals.
This ancient festival marks the first day of autumn in the Celtic Calendar, and thus the start of the harvest season.
Here in Ireland the nearest Sunday to Lughnasa was known as Cally Sunday, the traditional day to lift the first new potatoes.
The man of the house would dig the first stalk, while the woman of the house would don a new white apron and cook them.
I am hosting an “Open Weekend,” for anyone who wishes to visit the Permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage.
This will be over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of September and in aid of The Leitrim Animal Welfare Shelter, so there will be charge of ten euros per adult…and will include tea and home made cakes!
If you would like to visit Bealtaine Cottage on this special open weekend, please let me know in advance, so I can make arrangements for cakes, teas and coffees to be available!
This is a link to a short film made by RTE TV all about this wonderful animal sanctuary!
Hopefully we can raise much needed funds for this cause so close to my heart!
Thanks to the following lovely people who have donated to the Leitrim Animal Sanctuary…
Carole (wspines) from Whispering Pines Farm
Oregano, Origanum vulgare, is also known as Common and Wild Marjoram, Greek Oregano and Winter Oregano.
The name is derived from the Greek, meaning “mountain of joy.”
The Oregano I harvest comes complete with flowers, so is especially potent for tea!
The Greeks and Romans used it for a variety of benefits.
~Among the Greeks, if Marjoram grew on a grave, it augured the happiness of the departed, and among both the Greeks and Romans, it was the custom to crown young couples with Marjoram.
~Oregano corresponds to Venus and air.
~It is an herb of happiness, tranquillity, good luck, well-being, and protection.
~Make a Tea or burn as an incense.
~Plant Oregano around your house for protection, and scatter it inside the house to protect it.
~Carry it in a sachet or charm to bring good luck and vitality.
~It is also said to protect and promote psychic dreams when worn on the head during sleep.
~A protective herb with the power to ward off troublesome and meddling individuals, especially those who may wish to interfere with one’s personal financial dealings.
Dried Lavender is also available.
The use of Lavender goes back into the mists of time…
~Both the Greeks and the Romans had many uses for it, the most popular being for bathing, cooking, as an ingredient in perfume, for well-being, and as an insect repellent.
~English folklore advises a mixture of lavender, mugwort, chamomile, and rose petals to attract sprites, fairies, brownies, and elves.
~Lavender is used in teas, tinctures, and added to baked goods.
~Lavender is an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world.
~Put two handfuls of Lavender Flowers into a square of cheesecloth and tie with a white ribbon.
Use this aromatic “wash-cloth” in place of your usual one.
Rosemary, or Rosmarinus Officinalis, is also known as Romero, and Dew of the Sea.
Dried Rosemary is also available in 1/2 ounce bags from the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage.
Rosemary is most famous for its use in cooking.
Bees love Rosemary!
Burn Rosemary for a restorative incense.
In place of more costly incense, the ancients used Rosemary in their religious ceremonies.
An old French name for it was Incensier.
I use dried Rosemary in my Wheaten Soda Bread!
It is delicious!
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As I write this the video is uploading…slowly and tentatively, as we are enduring power-outs with the storm raging and the day that’s in it!
I’ve had a quick look at the video before loading and it’s hard to tell there is any storm here at Bealtaine Cottage…testament to the abundant permaculture planting.
I have lit the stove, but the cottage is struggling to heat up, so I have donned my extra warm hand knitted woollen sweater!
This is a day for endless pots of tea and toast, crumpets, cake…comfort food, just lashings of tea and cake!
Despite the cold and rain and wind, the blossom is on the Nectarine tree in the tunnel and the buds are thickening and colouring on the Apple Trees throughout the gardens.
I have planted a total of 40 fruit trees all over the 3 acres of permaculture gardens…with plans for more.
Each year that passes sees the gardens grow more abundant and protective.
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One of the mainstays of good health…organically grown onions here at Bealtaine Cottage on the veranda, drying out before stringing.
Onions, Apples and Blackcurrants, organically grown, will provide an enormous amount of protection from colds and viruses and at the same time help to keep the blood free from oxidants.
All this because prevention is better than cure!
Traditionally, whole bulbs of wild garlic were placed under the thatch of Irish cottages, just above the door, to keep away evil!
It is no surprise that the writer of the book, “Dracula,” was, in fact an Irish man, Bram Stoker.
Garlic keeps the blood clean…apparently!
A slice of garlic placed on a cut will kill all infection!
In the past this was used to make a poultice which was then applied to painful joints in hands, knees and hips.
It has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect and will successfully treat the inflammatory condition AND is free of any side-effects.
This is a very easy to grow cure and has many other uses…for example, the hips are packed with Vitamin C!
Another case of prevention being better than cure…sunflower seeds, used in bread-making will provide a good source of Omega to the body and be powerful in the protection of good health all round.
I add the hulled seeds to bread and flapjacks.
We should enquire of the older generation what it is that has kept and continues to keep them in good health.
Home made vegetable soup is one of the best sources of goodness to keep good health throughout the winter.
I make this in batches, using pumpkins from the pantry and keep it in the fridge, along with home made bread.
The leaves, bark, flowers, berries and roots were all used in folk medicine and herbal cures.
This is another easy to grow tree that keeps on giving…Elderflower Wine is absolutely scrumptious!
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