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An Evening with Mr D’Arcy

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Snow is falling this evening.
It has fallen in small flurries all day, only to melt and try again.
This evening the snow is sticking.
A near full moon rose in the afternoon sky.
Spring has scurried back under a blanket of white.
www.bealtainecottage.comThe oven is very hot as the stove has been kept topped up with wood, so I have slid a tray of vegetables onto the top shelf to roast…always a healthy, tasty meal.
What remains will be blended into a soup, with stock and red lentils…tomorrows lunch!
DSCF0480I visited the library in town today and borrowed  books and DVDs, always good value, as the yearly membership of less than ten euros covers all loans, unlimited throughout the year.
DSCF0478Tonight will be a cosy time watching Pride and Prejudice, (The BBC version) on DVD in the lodge, wood-burning stove hot and kettle boiling for tea atop!
www.bealtainecottage.comIt will be cosy enough to enjoy the thought of snow all around the cottage.
www.bealtainecottage.comIt is a dreadful thing to be cold.
If I relied on Electric, Gas or Oil, I would be huddled in blankets for sure, as all are prohibitively expensive.
The advantage of the wood stove is that I can even burn old pallet wood in it and be assured of heat.
The skips in cities are filled with waste wood and many people are cold…this is nonsensical!
www.bealtainecottage.comEarlier today, as the sun shone into the cottage, Jack spread himself across the floor, enjoying the day that was.
www.bealtainecottage.comIt was lovely to watch him lapping up the Spring sunshine.
www.bealtainecottage.comThere has been a small lapse back into winter, but Spring is here!
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A Life in the Country ~ Cottage Living

Living in a small cottage in the west of Ireland is easy enough!

Irish dresser in the cottage kitchen at Bealtaine CottageIt’s small…very small…two tiny bedrooms, one sitting room, a kitchen, shower room and porch. 

Bealtaine Cottage before Christmas 2012It’s old…ish, and built from stone in the vernacular style and all local stone!

Midwinter mist at Bealtaine CottageBealtaine Cottage, for that is it’s name, nestles nicely into three acres, now mostly set to trees and ponds and permaculture!

The best place to seek God is in a garden.

You can dig for him there.

 ~George Bernard Shaw

Bealtaine Cottage Midwinter GardenPermaculture means planting, planting and more planting!

Plant for your life!

The Earth needs trees and cover and food and fuel…lots and lots…and Abundance follows!

Oregano grows wild here, through the gravel, around trees and all over the tunnel and bees love it.

I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field
and don’t notice.
                                                                                   – Alice Walker
From “The Color Purple”

The Barn at Bealtaine Cottage, midwinter 2012Garden writing is often very tame, a real waste when you think how opinionated,
inquisitive, irreverent and lascivious gardeners themselves tend to be.  Nobody
talks much about the muscular limbs, dark, swollen buds, strip-tease trees and
unholy beauty that have made us all slaves of the Goddess Flora.  ~Ketzel
Levine’s talkingplants.com

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture midwinter 2012Secret Garden…Adagio…beautiful… Click on the link to watch and listen!

http://youtu.be/nNL9Lole-iE