Posted in Bealtaine Cottage, cottage life, cottage style, Country Living, de-clutter, decorating, Good Life, homesteading, Inspiration, Interior Design, Lifestyle, midwinter, Uncategorized

Cottage Makeover…Finished!

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A sneak preview of the new look Bealtaine Cottage is to be had over at Bealtaine Cottage Good Life website….

There are also a great many other photographic essays to view on the site…

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http://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/

Posted in Abundance, Bees, biodiversity, Climate, Cottage, Country Living, Gardening, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyle, Permaculture, Uncategorized

A Permaculture Garden in the Calm before the Storm.

The morning is warm and sunny.

The birds sing and bees buzz and all is well at Bealtaine Cottage.

The kitchen decoration is complete and all the other rooms are downhill from here in terms of work and upheaval.

This morning is one of those extraordinary moments in time, like the sunny happy days of 1930’s England…that’s what this morning makes me think about. It’s a kind of calm before the storm moment in time, I think.

This is a time of uncertainty.

We have been in a state of war for decades.

More war is on the horizon.

The only thing that makes sense is our connection with the Earth and each other.

We need to hold onto that.

We need to continue to develop and nurture those links.

They cannot be owned or taken from us.

No words in this video, taken this morning as the warmth of the day awoke Bealtaine Cottage…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3d_CvQN3GA

Posted in celebrations, Christmas, Country Living, Inspiration, Self-Sufficiency, Thrift, Uncategorized

Christmas Country Living Thrift Workshop…How to make a Table Decoration.

It’s time to get decorating…it’s that time of year, December and nearing midwinter.

One of the simplest decorations to make, for free, is what is called a table decoration.

This starts with a container or plate and a piece of florist wet foam. I have lined the pot with some plastic and cut a piece of foam to put inside.

The florists foam is actually called ‘Oasis,’ and holds a great amount of water. Keep pouring on the water until the foam can hold no more!

Next I insert pieces of greenery around the edge of the foam.

Keep building up the greenery and looking at your creation from all sides to ensure a balance…

I have used Teasel for the centre piece…you can use any seasonal flower, dried or fresh.

Try to include as many aspects of the season as you can lay your hands on…it’s not finished yet!

It is easy enough to insert a candle into the middle of the decoration, making sure it rises above the greenery so it can be safely lit on Christmas Eve.