Hens, Compost and St Patrick’s Day at Bealtaine Cottage

  Collecting fresh laid eggs from the hen house on the morning of St Patrick’s Day at Bealtaine Cottage. Step inside the Hen House with me to see where the girls have laid… then over to the tunnel to check on the seedlings. I explain how the compost toilet system is so simple and easy and essential! Finally, walking around the front of the cottage to delight in the quickening growth of the season!      All Bealtaine Cottage videos are free from advertising, so you can enjoy watching… Please consider supporting Bealtaine Cottage Bealtaine Cottage https://bealtainecottage.com/ Bealtaine Cottage YouTube…

The Economy of Resilience

During 2014, much of what we assumed to be reality was turned on it’s head. The great recovery of the economy turned out to be a case of a great slump in China, the economic barometer of the western world. For, if we are not buying consumer goods, it reflects in China’s economic growth. It became apparent, early on in the year, that China had cut back on it’s imports of raw materials…as for the rest, it does not take a room full of economists to work it out! Through all of this, for my part at least, growth excelled…

Permaculture Place to Stay in Ireland

Bealtaine Cottage is a Permaculture Smallholding in the West of Ireland that has been developed from barren land over the past ten years. As a way of spreading the permaculture message of hope and regeneration, the gardens and cottage have remained open to visitors from all over the world during this time. Many visitors have spoken of their wish to be able to stay at Bealtaine Cottage and have invariably had to seek accommodation at local B&B homes. This is the Lodge,  dedicated for anyone who wishes to stay and spend more time than just a visit to Bealtaine Cottage….

Easiest Ever Compost Toilet

The post you’ve all been waiting for…the Bealtaine Cottage Compost Toilet. Easy to install and simple to use. No running outside on cold mornings to tramp across wet grass to use the toilet! This is located in the bathroom…not quite a bathroom though as I took out the bath and installed a shower instead!  There’s still a little bit of tweaking to be done to finish the project off to a high standard, like decorating the wall where the cistern used to be and making a wooden surround with a small door, but as you can see, it is simple…

Living Lightly

It’s amazing how much one can live without. And how much criticism one gets for daring to leave the accepted standards for today’s society! I made this poster less than 24 hours ago and posted it on Facebook and Twitter.  The reasons why people feel the need to denigrate such a poster are very interesting indeed. There is an overwhelming need, in most people, to conform to what they imagine to be the accepted normal in society, be that politics, religion, diet, dress…etc. Stepping outside of this normal can be an uncomfortable experience for most. Making the decision to live…