A Life in the Country ~ The Bealtaine Cottage Girls are having a Bath!

The hens are having a dust bath in the barn! I caught them unexpectantly as I was passing… This is one of the best aspects of keeping hens…getting to see what they’re really like…and liking them even more for it! Keeping hens is very little work if everything is done well from the start. That […]

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Permaculture at the Cottage.

SWEET JOE PYE A perennial, growing near the apple tree pictured in previous blog, it grows tall and flowers quite soon as you can see.¬† Otherwise known in Latin as Eutrochium Purpureum is a clump forming plant. it can grow to 2 metres high…wow, indeed it does too! The leaves grow to 30 cm (12 […]

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Hothouse Flowers in a Permaculture Environment. Evening @ Bealtaine Cottage

Laburnum and Ferns, hastily picked, make a casual, summer bouquet for the sitting room window of the cottage. I never buy flowers and don’t support the polluting, hothouse methods involved in growing shop bought arrangements. The seasonal look is more in keeping with caring for the environment as well as being much more stylish. The […]

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Spring growth~Photos from Bealtaine Cottage Ireland…Permaculture Smallholding.

Tulips planted several years ago under one of the many Beech trees at Bealtaine. London pride growing on either side of the steps. This is a perfect permaculture flowering plant, as it takes over, even in weedy, clay soil. Small bits were planted alongside the steps about 4 years ago and managed to push out […]

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