Simple Living

“We’d incorporated Asia into our bones – its colours and laughter, its smells, its rhythms, its tolerance and patience, its compassion, its lack of ageism.” ~ Jane Wilson-Howarth Colour is important to me, as you can see from both the cottage and the garden. I am led to infuse it into my daily life, as […]

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A Simple Life

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
This is a real sofa bed. It’s a bed, with a cover and lots of cushions. I needed another sofa in my sitting room. Simple. No fuss. Looks good and is inter-changeable. Cost: zero! Most of what I have in my home cost zero. Like this fancy mirror above the…

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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 […]

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A Simple Life

Clinging onto what one does not need creates clutter, confusion and chaos.

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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 […]

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Bartering

Bartering home made wine for time spent fixing my computer is fantastic and affordable…this afternoon was spent in the company of two friends, who did great work for me, in return for some giggle tonic; what happens when you drink this potent Blackcurrant wine. Jack has just returned with me from his early evening walk. […]

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The Art of Seduction

Rain falls softly as I type. The day has given way to evening and the sun sets in the west behind the trees. There is a chill in the air; I have lit the stove. Birds swoop low over the roof of the lodge; so low, I can hear the sound of their wings. Over […]

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Small Spaces and Tiny Homes

o Tiny homes are becoming popular. We are realizing the importance of space…the space we actually need to live comfortably. If I had the opportunity to build another home, it would, undoubtedly, be much, much smaller than Bealtaine Cottage. Living comfortably means a warm home, less opening and closing of doors, one big room where […]

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Bealtaine After Samhain As we approach the end of another year, reflection begins to take form. As many of you know, I do not have a television and rarely tune into the radio, so, perhaps, I find myself with more time and silence to reflect and think. From the little I have experienced this year […]

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