A Home for the Jackdaws

There remains much work to be done here in the gardens over the coming days and weeks. It is essential I get on with it! I shall leave you with the rest of the photographs I took this morning as I walked around the gardens.

Read More

An Irish Cottage Garden and Homestead in Spring

The promise of peaches growing outdoors in the west of Ireland, another Bealtaine Cottage first! Blossom on these home grown trees, grown from seed, is looking good. So far, with only the first month behind us, this has been a remarkable Spring! New Bird Boxes have been added to the rich habitat, now in its […]

Read More

Today at Bealtaine Cottage

Rain fell last night and continues this morning. There will be no lack of water in the well for the next few weeks! I have finally given away my hens…as I no longer eat eggs and there was a lovely home ready and waiting for them where they would be more useful, as they are […]

Read More

Permaculture Food Forest in Ireland

The leaves are just beginning to bud and appear. Bees are busy at work here in the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…without them this would be a place of hunger. But, it’s not…instead it boasts food for all and more to come. This is what a food forest looks like as the sap rises and life […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Preparedness

Midwinter has passed, and with it, the counting down of the days towards the light. Visitors have now left and the cottage seems eerily quiet…somewhere in the stone walls I can hear a mouse scrambling about. The cats are sleeping off their party food, including creamy custard from the sherry trifle, and are ensconced on […]

Read More

As War Looms…keeping Faith with Mother Earth!

Such news as makes me angry…so off into the gardens to get working and channel my energy as best I can! And as if Mother Earth heard my despair, she has worked tirelessly overnight making the compost heap look beautiful…I laugh out loud in joy! This morning as I spread compost and seaweed on the […]

Read More

From the Fringe…

The start of the week in this sacred place, where edges meet and overlap…a cooling, calming morning.  Yesterday was a day of visits and creating bouquets to take with me. The gardens are flourishing and birthing beauty all around me, so there was much to gather and choose from. This is the tenth year using […]

Read More