How To Make A Willow Arch For Your Garden…For Free

Go out, go out I beg of you And taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth With all the wonder of a child. ~Edna Jaques   The miracle of Spring is now very close. Birds are beginning to sing and all over the woodland gardens of Bealtaine Cottage, life stirs. […]

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Rustic and Free…Garden Ideas

Everybody loves gardens! One of the flourishing businesses of our time is that of Garden Centres. I love walking around a Garden Centre, but can rarely afford to buy more than one or two plants…if that! But…I continue to develop the gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage…on a budget that more often than not hovers around […]

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Cottage Garden Style

There was a full moon last night. Sammy-Bear couldn’t make up his mind whether he wanted in or out. Previous to this photo I had opened the back door for him twice to go out, whereupon he ran around to the front of the cottage and jumped up on the window sill, as you can […]

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Bartering

Bartering home made wine for time spent fixing my computer is fantastic and affordable…this afternoon was spent in the company of two friends, who did great work for me, in return for some giggle tonic; what happens when you drink this potent Blackcurrant wine. Jack has just returned with me from his early evening walk. […]

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The Romance of Gardening…falling for Gaia

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Growing Food in Cottage Gardens

It’s a perfect day for being in the garden, with just the right amount of sun and shade as the voluminous clouds drift overhead, sun shines full in between and there’s just a promise of rain! The roses on the veranda are hanging so low that one has to limbo-dance under them to get in […]

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Heritage Seeds in a Cottage Garden

The morning is dry and hot. 7am sees me boiling the kettle on the rocket stove, eager for fresh coffee. The water is ready in under 10 minutes, from lighting the stove and inserting a handful of twigs. As I walk back into the cottage a blackbird swoops noisily through the courtyard, followed by it’s […]

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Magical Midwinter at the Cottage

Freezing fog surrounds Bealtaine Cottage. Despite the cold, part of the day has been spent outdoors, tree-planting and dog walking. Missy decided to remain indoors. She has gotten rather snuffly again as she struggles with her condition. She craves the warmth and sleeps a lot, bless her! Once outside, adjusted to the cold with lots […]

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An Autumn Afternoon in an Irish Cottage Garden

Colours of the season, dogwoods ablaze and Loosestrife turned to straw. Birch and Beech turn earthy tones. Near the lake, the cows move slowly in the afternoon heat, seeking shady spots to stand and stare. Old driftwood from the ocean salutes the cottage. The horses come to look over the fence, waiting for a treat […]

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