Dried Herbs and Some Uses…

 Oregano, Origanum vulgare, is also known as Common and Wild Marjoram, Greek Oregano and Winter Oregano. Oregano is a warm and aromatic yet slightly bitter herb in the mint family. The name is derived from the Greek, meaning “mountain of joy.” Oregano can be made into a tea, tincture, and has powerful anti-bacterial properties. The […]

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Perennial Vegetables in a Permaculture Garden

One of the interesting aspects of growing food is the continual study of plants and what grows where, how and why.  I keep records of all I grow as the seasons progress and notice how the environment changes as trees and shrubs grow taller and more dense each year, creating micro-climates, where it is possible […]

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Permaculture Seeds and Herbs from Bealtaine Cottage

Seeds continue to be available from the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage. These have been grown and saved each year from plants that have no contact whatsoever with chemicals and are watered with spring water or Atlantic rain. If you would like to have seeds saved here at Bealtaine Cottage, for your own garden or […]

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As the Storm Rages…

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. This ensures […]

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Towards Collapse…

Sitting here on this very cold and stormy day, writing as the day that is fast descending into a windy evening.  Much of what I have written about over the past two years has come to pass. The banks are in their death throes and are now preparing to take money out of people’s private […]

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March Progress in the Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage

Arabica in flower today around the raised stone bed. This beautiful, perennial flower was originally planted as a little cutting in the raised bed, underneath the Cotoneaster, but escaped and is on the run…long may it remain free! I constructed another compost heap over the weekend and here it is! Easy enough to make as […]

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Katharine Gun and Tony Blair…a Tale of Two Englands

Ten years ago Tony Blair stood up in the Mother of all Parliaments and told a yarn  about Iraq. It was a story about weapons of mass destruction and the need for people, other than himself, to take to the gun and the tank, the bomber jet and the bomb and go invade another country. […]

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Replenishing the Earth

Sammy Cat is exploring his environment as he grows up. He managed to find his way onto the roof of the porch at Bealtaine Cottage. And the best way to get him down? Rattle the cat biscuits bag at him! The days are longer and brighter and all the animals at Bealtaine are in playful […]

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