Half Light and Shadows

The apricot glow of a fading October sky, merged with the heavy rustling of cows on the field across the lane, drawing me outdoors. This is a magical time of enchantment, with Nature and late evening light. Any noise on such a still evening exudes an eerie quality of something not understood…always best to go […]

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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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The Festival of Bealtaine

Aquilegia, now growing all over the permaculture gardens and driveway of Bealtaine Cottage, from its beginnings here 8 years ago, with a handful of seed, saved from a some flowers growing in a garden in North London. The time is near…Mayday, known as Bealtaine here in Ireland. It is pronounced “Be Al Tan Ah” Irish […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Herbs and Cows

I have a fascination with cows. They are very sociable and family oriented animals. These belong to my neighbour, Gabriel, here in Ballyfermoyle. They are contented and very laid back. At this time of year the land is over-run with wild herbs and flowers and cows are out in the fields all the time. It’s […]

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From Monoculture to Permaculture…Beyond Organic in Ireland!

From monoculture grass and cows to Pear blossom on an April evening…Permaculture. Where once was a field covered in grass and rushes, there is now an orchard and…permaculture. Blackthorn blossom through the arch… The barbed wire that once bordered this area by the cottage is gone, replaced with a new border…of plants and trees…permaculture! And […]

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