First Open Day of 2016 at Bealtaine Cottage

It’s the end of a beautiful day…the first Open Day of the year at Bealtaine Cottage. It was a joy to welcome guests and share time, tea, treats and walks. I plan another open Day for the month of June and a further one for July. Make sure you keep an eye on the website […]

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Much Goodness…

The roses are in bloom on the veranda, resplendent with furniture cast-offs from friends! Standing by the back door, surrounded by such beauty, I have a heavy heart… I have lost my darling Che-Mousy Bear. He has passed. Bealtaine Cottage seems empty without him. Last week was difficult for me, as I struggle to come […]

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A Year at Bealtaine…part 3

2013 moved from Spring to summer with ease and Poppies jostled with one another for space in the beds. The potager beds were extended and two more were constructed. Aquilegia and Valerian ignored the seasons and came up together, surrounding the porch with delicate shades of pink and purple. It was a frenzy of colour! […]

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A Sack of Diamonds

Sunrise is happening later each morning. This morning was clear and beautiful. But also, this morning, I was faced with taking Missy into the Vet…she has not been well and hasn’t eaten for three days. Anyway, she is in there for the day and I am at home keeping busy! Coming back home, a journey […]

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Winter in a Permaculture Garden…and Sam!

Awoke to frost this morning and a brilliantly clear, blue sky. The stove had stayed lit all night, so the cottage was warm. It’s easy to see the level of insulation in homes, looking up at roofs, as I drive to Drumshanbo on an errand. Many of the newly built homes appear to be poorly […]

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Beds of Abundance in a Permaculture Garden

Missy manages to climb to the top of the barn and nestle herself into the barley straw…high enough to keep a watchful eye on all! This is one girl who takes no prisoners…just look at that expression! A good sprinkling of lettuce seeds and within a few weeks there is more than enough to harvest […]

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Permaculture Planting…The Importance of Trees

Following on from the short video on Willow and using willow in the garden as living willow fedges and structures, here’s a short video on trees… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBu_fP82VDY&list=UUHkXJ9wsrdPEpzb-KMgmt-A&index=1&feature=plcp

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An Irish Cottage Garden in Spring

I’ve been listening to Sinead O’Connor this morning as I clean the cottage. What is it about music that energizes and propels one along in whatever work they are engaged in? It reminds me of the factories during WW2 where music was introduced as the women worked, building components for, and weapons of, war! And […]

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