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The Ascent

Beaten earth floor in ploytunnel at Bealtaine Cottage

This is the latest idea I have put to the test and it works…a beaten earth floor in the polytunnel, that can be swept and kept clear of weeds without any covering!

It has been dug out to the subsoil and the waste piled onto the beds to raise them even further.

The beaten floor also acts as a heat conductor to the earth under the beds.

I thought that this was worth sharing with you all!

Bealtaine Cottage blue skiesSpring continues its’ rise up through the earth as more and more gaps are filled in the garden…it’s like a painting by numbers picture!

Propagator at Bealtaine CottageI have got the little propagator out of the shed and cleaned it down, before sowing seven little tubs of seeds.

Ox-eye daisy at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture GardensThis year I shall save many more seeds from a wider variety of plants, especially wild flowers, like this beautiful Ox-eye daisy!

Bealtaine CottageThe days are longer now, with light fading at around 9pm.

early morning at Bealtaine Cottage We are on the ascent to Midsummer, about 11 weeks away.

This is a glorious time of the year…full of promise!


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Winter Solstice Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage

winter solstice 2012 at Bealtaine Cottage

Fires are lit and food prepared for this, the longest night of the year…the Gathering at Bealtaine Cottage.

Loved ones meet again to join the celebration from as far away as Canada, London, Belfast and Dublin.

Missy, the solstice catA night to gather around the fire and light the candles around the home.

Missy has found her warm spot and will not be moved…we celebrate around her!

The Solstice Feast at Bealtaine CottageAs preparations for the winter feast are under way, we join together in toasting the year and the time to come.

In Latin, solstice means sun set still. This is the still night, the silent night, the longest night of the year…

The turn of the wheelWinter Solstice is the great stillness before the turning, as the days grow longer.

yuletide tree decked with lights at Bealtaine CottageThe cottage is small, so the tree stands on the veranda outside the window.

This is the celebration of the silent night, a sacred time of rest before the awakening, and the slow build toward longer days.

solstice treeThe human race has observed the solstice for millennia.

This night is a continuation of that sacred tradition.

Inside the cottage Tomorrow we are past the dark and facing into the light.

The ascent to Spring will begin once more.

Happy Solstice Everyone!