The All-Ireland Permaculture Gathering…

I brought lots of flowers and seed heads into the cottage to brighten up the greyness that is July.

Nothing stops the movement towards Lughnasa and the time of spiritual gathering.

The “All Ireland Permaculture Gathering,” takes place near Bealtaine Cottage this year in the town of Strokestown, County Roscommon.

It’s ideally placed, being located in  the near centre of the island.

It happens on the first weekend of Lughnasa.

For more details you can contact Hannah Mole on:

http://www.permaculture.ie/news/permaculture-gathering-2012

For those wishing to visit Bealtaine Cottage on or around this time, you can get my number from Hannah…I am happy to show visitors around the permaculture smallholding that is Bealtaine Cottage…

Lughnasa is a good time to assess one’s life harvest of wisdom, for the dark evenings of winter are a good time to learn new skills and crafts, to read and share, to think and plan.

It is about preparing the land for winter too, helping to put it asleep, mulching and covering…

We also need to prepare ourselves for the journey through Lughnasa and into Samhain, by ensuring we gather sunlight on ourselves, walk and meditate, enjoying sunrises and sunsets at this mellow time of the year.

Times like today, when the rain seems relentless will give way to sunny mornings and misted evenings, the Lughnasa of the year.

Long walks with Jack and Flo are great excuses to go out and explore new pathways, leaving the dark evenings ahead to navigate the pathways of the soul…

What to do with a Broken Mirror!

Always trying to re-cycle…in this case broken mirrors! 

I have saved these fragments over recent years, knowing eventually I would find a project to use them in. 


Christmas Eve, 2012 at Bealtaine Cottage

The fragments of broken mirror are “buttered,” with tile adhesive and stuck to the wall, bit by bit.

Bealtaine Cottage mosaic mirror  To protect fingers from the sharp edges, I am edging the project with glass beads…though you can use any practical medium for this, including wood, sea-shells, buttons…whatever you have!

Bealtaine Cottage Missy Cat on the mantlepieceThis project, works really well above a mantle or shelf where candles can be placed in front to reflect magical light on a midwinter evening!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture stove

Christmas Eve in an Irish Cottage

There was a time, not so long ago, when only wealthy people could afford mirrors.

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Recycling and upcycling is always the challenge here at Bealtaine Cottage…

Don’t Throw It Away…There is No Away!

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