Permaculture Gardens

The growing season has begun, with Rhubarb sending forth strong pink stems despite the storms of recent weeks. Meanwhile, down in the Fairy Wood, ferns have kept their green in the shelter of the dell. Mosses grow bright in the sunlight and ivy twists and twirls around the Goat Willow. Lots of Goat Willow has […]

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A New Era at Bealtaine Cottage

Smoke rises into a clear blue January sky. The birds are singing like it’s Spring and black ice covers the road by the gate. My friend Michael is here this morning to finally remove the toilet and install my compost loo. The septic tank is, from today, a grey water tank! I have been using […]

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It Looks Like Spring!

The sun shone all morning and there was a hint of Spring in the air. Mr Toad…not a real toad, you understand…caught the rays of the late winter sun and looked quite animated. Spring is officially welcomed into the west of Ireland on February the 1st, Imbolc, Brigid’s day. I would not be surprised to […]

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Bealtaine Cottage and Permaculture Gardens Photo Album 2012…February!

Looking back at the year…February photographs February was mild and the Daffodils in the gardens of Bealtaine came up without damage Ribes bushes throughout the gardens filled the air with a heady scent, enticing the Bees out from hibernation. Mizuna flourished in the tunnel, providing a green salad for the table throughout the winter months. […]

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Primroses and Badgers and Irish Country Living

Primroses are open on the lane to the cottage. Birds sing and the morning is clear and very still. As I was driving up the lane last night I came across a badger, just a young one, but looking beautiful and wise as only a badger can…they have this really ancient look about them… Here […]

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Tea, Toasted Bagels and Good Spirits!

Cutting back branches today. This is a good way of creating more fuel for the fire and is easy to do even if there is no barn or shed to stack them in. Simply clean them back and make a wig-wam to stand them up so they can air dry. These little wig-wams can stand […]

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Windy, Warm, with Daffodils on Boxing Day!

Christmas Presents… Trees as pressies! I love these presents as they keep on giving and giving and will be here long after I have passed! Daffodils The weather is very mild and has been so for much of the winter so far. As testament to this the daffodils have decided to make an unseasonally early […]

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A Life in the Country ~ The Land of Heart’s Desire

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And Faeries like a flame. ~William Butler Yeats, “The Land of Heart’s Desire,” 1894 Living in Ireland, at Bealtaine Cottage, it is easy to believe in Fairies. Fairies are […]

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