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Permaculture Cottage ~ Funky Scarf and Chunky Cake!

Friday afternoon at Bealtaine and despite the rain work between showers has contiued throughout the day. I hung this plaque on the kitchen door earlier, a present from a friend. It’s simple, colourful and evokes a sense of what lies beyond the door…the pantry!

Talking of which…there’s several demijohns of wine waiting to be bottled and laid down in here!

Knitted a scarf recently and was thinking about the edging…and after considerable searching around in the craft boxes stashed under beds and other forgetful places, I found these wooden beads, which I’ve threaded onto the edges of the scarf with wool and a big darning needle!

A big and bold arrangement in the vase on the mantlepiece in the sitting room, using some quickly cut pieces from the upper garden…just two varieties here! Simple is best and looks fab!

Simple and easy chunky cake…

  • 12 ozs SR Flour
  • 6 ozs  Margarine
  • 4 ozs caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • buttermilk
  • home made Rhubarb Jam
  • Organic oats
  1. Weigh all the ingredients.
  2. Put all ingredients into the mixer.
  3. Whizz.
  4. Add eggs
  5. Whizz
  6. Add a little buttermilk
  7. Whizz.
  8. Line a cake tray, add half of the mix.
  9. Dollop jam on top and add remaining mix.
  10. Sprinkle with oats and demerara sugar.

Bake at 190 c for about 20 minutes or so.

And for a wet Friday evening…what can be nicer than a hot vegetable stew, with big chunks of fresh bread?

Have a good weekend!

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Darning Socks , Sustainable Living.

Bealtaine Cottage homespun woolWool, my favourite textile for keeping warm!

I wear woolly socks on my feet and often need to darn them as they wear thin when I use them instead of slippers!

This little wooden mushroom has a detachable head. It is used in darning holes and threadbare patches, fitting up inside the sock…

 

All that is needed is some wool and a darning needle…which is a big needle with a big eye to take the wool through.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about all the little holes on the mushroom…Jack had a little taste and chew!

 

Woolen gloves, hand knitted at Bealtaine CottageSome interesting facts about wool…Wool ignites at a higher temperature than cotton and some synthetic fibres.

It has lower rate of flame spread, low heat release, low heat of combustion, and does not melt or drip; it forms a char which is insulating and self-extinguishing, and contributes less to toxic gases and smoke than other flooring products, when used in carpets.

This is one of the reasons why I used wool to insulate my loft!

It is also incredibly warm!

Pure Irish Wool Bootees from Bealtaine CottageWool is resistant to static electricity, as the moisture retained within the fabric conducts electricity.  This is why wool garments are much less likely to spark or cling to the body.

The use of wool car seat covers or carpets reduces the risk of a shock when a person touches a grounded object.

Missy Approved Baby Pixie Bootees handknitted at Bealtaine CottageWool is considered by the medical profession to be hypo-allergenic.

Premature babies are laid upon wool in incubators…it is comforting and natural.

Slouch Hat, handknitted at Bealtaine CottageI spin wool from fleece collected locally…spinning is a wonderfully therapeutic and relaxing craft to do.

Hand knitted shawl at Bealtaine Cottage Wool is a sustainable and natural product to help us live lightly upon the Earth.