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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 here at Bealtaine Cottage.
Mother Earth, now in full recovery in this little portal, happily gave of her best and settled into her annual rest.
It was a year of proof.
Proof that resilience is our greatest ally!
Resilience and the building of this great economy, is possible for all, through the application of basic Permaculture principles.
To begin with, waste does not exist…everything has a value.
This cottage and three acres used to have a septic tank.
It now boasts a compost toilet.
The thousand plus trees I planted are grateful for the waste that myself and visitors produce.
In return to the economy of the cottage, the stove benefits from timber, my purse benefits from not having to pay a septic tank inspection charge and the soil is improved year on year.
That, in a nutshell, is an example of applied Permaculture, shielding both myself and Mother Earth from the vagaries and demands of an economic model which is killing us all.
We invented waste as part of the economic model we follow in the west…now fast encroaching on all other countries.
This was not how people lived before the 20th century.
Read history…even the bed Shakespeare slept in formed part of the estate bequeathed in his will.
For that matter, his coat and garments also formed his estate!
In other words, nothing was considered to be waste!
Building resilience into one’s life is creating revolution against a system we know to be destroying the future.
For my part, Vive La Revolution!
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.
The Lodge has a comfortable double bed and small single sofa-bed…as well as lots of pull-out floor cushions!It also has its own door to the garden and a sheltered veranda attached. This is the view of the gardens from the door.All four windows in the Lodge open onto sheltered gardens, as you can see.The connecting door to the cottage leads towards the shower-room and compost toilet…yes, this is a permaculture home and all the facilities are based on sustainable principles of living!With over a thousand trees planted here, the gardens boast shelter and a wonderful array of wildlife and birds.
There are modern, luxurious places to stay all over Ireland…Bealtaine Cottage is different, in that it is part of the landscape and unashamedly connecting into Mother Earth!You can park your car right up alongside the Lodge by this window.
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!
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 and attractive.
This is the material used for covering one’s toilet.
It is grown here at Bealtaine Cottage, shredded in the shredder and smells nice and pine fragranced, as it is cut from evergreen trees in the gardens.
This material is also anti-bacterial.
So what happens next?
After about a year, the contents have turned into sweet-smelling compost that I use around trees in the lower gardens.
In the course of life here at Bealtaine Cottage, there is really no need for a septic tank…flush it away?
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