Recipes, Cats and Ponds

First of all, the recipes have just been posted over at Bealtaine Cottage Kitchen on the Good Life website…and here’s a link: https://bealtainecottage.org/bealtaine-cottage-kitchen/ Sammy-Bear is well and truly zoned out here on the sofa. I was going to sit down, for I’ve been out most of the day at the pond, finishing clearing the pond-weed! Oh…at last…job done! I stood and watched his restful sleep and decided to sit elsewhere! He’s a lovely boy who deserves his comfort! The signs of season change and early autumn are now quite visible from the windows of the cottage, with lots of yellow…

Frogspawn, Sunshine and a Walk in the Garden

Went for a walk down to the pond and made a video on the way, as the sun shone and the birds sang…what a beautiful day! The lower pond is filled with Frogspawn…almost heaving really…I’ve never seen so much! Just recalling how a mere twelve years ago there was nothing here by wet, rushy ground that was impenetrable to the spade! Now it’s packed with wildlife, young woodland, ponds, streams, orchards, soft fruits and vegetables! There is even a Spring Well, dug out from stone, deep within the Fairy Wood! Bealtaine Cottage…from monoculture to permaculture in twelve short years! Enjoy…

Follow Your Bliss and the Universe Will Open Doors

Making a decision is always the most difficult part of moving forward. In deciding, one simply puts it out there, for the Universe to pick up. That is what I have done here at Bealtaine Cottage…the next move comes from that energy. The sale may, or may not happen…but the planting of trees will move forward. I have done what was asked of me and agreed to the sacrifice. What happens next is synchronicity and the will of Divine Energy…The Forest of Bealtaine will happen in the same magical way as Eden emerged here at Bealtaine Cottage. As my friend,…

A Year at Bealtaine Cottage…

Not in any particular order…pictures of the year that was… With the oven hot enough to bake a cake…my beloved Stanley Stove in the kitchen… Early morning mist sweeps up the valley… One of the Plum Trees laden with fruit… The moon rising over the gardens… Salix Contorta, or Twisted Willow, with Hag-Stones hanging from one of its branches. Nasturtiums by the veranda. Back of Bealtaine, near the main production gardens. The lower pond in the Bog Garden. My darling Missy…gone from this mortal coil, but her energy is felt… Firing up the Rocket Stove with a bit of an…

Bealtaine Cottage and Permaculture Gardens Photo Album 2012…February!

Looking back at the year…February photographs February was mild and the Daffodils in the gardens of Bealtaine came up without damage Ribes bushes throughout the gardens filled the air with a heady scent, enticing the Bees out from hibernation. Mizuna flourished in the tunnel, providing a green salad for the table throughout the winter months. Missy showed her first signs of being unwell and began a course of steroid treatment. We thought we would loose her, but her spirit stayed strong. Weaving baskets from willow began in earnest at Bealtaine Cottage, putting newly acquired skills into practice. The water barrels…

Willow Fedges, Arches and Fairy Woods

It’s evening here at Bealtaine Cottage. The sun is setting in the west and there’s a mild chill in the air. I have been cutting back some of the wild summer growth and the sunlight can now reach areas where there was only heavy shade. The dappled light covers the standing stone on the bank under the cottage. One of the big tasks is tying in the willow growth from this year into the fedges that cover the smallholding. It’s a lovely task really, I can’t complain, as I work and listen to the sounds of Nature all around me….

A Walk in the Permaculture Gardens Makes All Better!

After listening to the radio this morning, which I should not have done, I had to seek solace and sanity in the gardens. I will not go into what it was that upset me, but like most of you who read this blog, you can put a fair guess that it had something to do with the establishment…government, church…that measure of hierarchy! So, off I went into the gardens to shake it off! Most of us know right from wrong. Why is this so very difficult for governments and churches? Here is today’s video…just a walk through the gardens…click on…

The Water Garden at Bealtaine Cottage

Just pictures today…of the Water Garden here at the permaculture smallholding. This is the Lower Pond in the Bog Garden. It is a haven for wildlife…sitting by the Lower Pond on a summer evening surrounded by dragonflies is one of the pleasures to be enjoyed after work. The ponds, for there are two, are filled with Wild Mint and Watercress, among other delights. Buttercups, Celandines and Meadowsweet abound. This is one of the grass pathways leading down to the Bog Garden and the ponds. It is planted out with Willow, Yellow Loosestrife, Monbretia and the weeds are all really flowers as you…