Food in the Midwinter Garden


It’s surprising just how much food is growing in the gardens of Bealtaine at this time of year, the time of scarcity…but far from it! There’s the makings of a decent salad, with Fennel, Japanese salads like Mizuna and others as well as a lovely edible garnish in the form of Pansy flowers. In other […]

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Into the Turning

The bonfire of Midsummer night has died down. The midnight sky stays light on the northern horizon. Bats encircle the cottage, as stars emerge into the darkness. The day has passed into the Turning…of the light. As the light passes into the lazy warmth of an enduring summer, visitors to Bealtaine Cottage come and go. […]

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A Good Barter

The boys have lain on the sofa for much of the day, listening to music of one sort and another, as I have worked around them. The sewing machine in the Lodge has been clicking away, as I sort and sew material into pillow-cases. It’s difficult to find good cotton pillow-cases, unless one is prepared […]

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Hens…Raising Happy Girls!

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The Bealtaine Girls…a bit like the Bluebell Girls, except they don’t dance! I love hens. They are social creatures. They are inquisitive by nature and become very tame when treated well. I have kept hens for years, even when I lived in London, I kept hens in my garden in Muswell Hill. So, hens are […]

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Tuesday 18 May @ Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding

It’s raining this morning and the plants that self-seed in the gravel are continuing to drink. This is Valerian, which loves the limestone gravel and grows from seed scattered into the stones. It’s beginning to flower and will continue to flower all the way through the summer. Columbine is coming through the gravel around the […]

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Easter Sunday Wildflowers and Butterflies ~ Permaculture in Ireland at Bealtaine Cottage

The delicate an exquisite flowers on the Dogwoods are beautiful close-up. For colour all winter, flowers in summer and berries during the autumn, dogwoods are hard to beat.Wildflowers…the most delicate and delicious blooms at Bealtaine Cottage…Elderflower Cordial, mmm!The time of the butteflies is very near. Last summer seen a huge upturn in the butterfly population […]

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