Mist prevails as the earth slowly heats, releasing some of the water absorbed during the wettest winter on record here in Ireland.
The air is still and birdsong echoes through the foggy dew…
The first of the seeds are now sown in a big fish box in the tunnel, made from thick, white polystyrene, once marked out for the dump but rescued and up-cycled here at Bealtaine Cottage…perfect for seeds and young plants!
There’s a digger at work on the hill of Ballyfermoyle, I hear it’s machinations echoing through the misty morning.
Young trees and bushes are being torn up and tossed aside, in an effort for land to be measured by the EU on Google Maps.
Less tree cover shows more grass and it is grassland that the EU are paying farmers here in Ireland to grow.
More grass, more meat, more export, more globalization…you know the story!
And so, the Earth is losing more habitat in a land that cannot feed it’s own people…Ireland is heavily reliant on imported food!
Another famine lurks around the corner, as monoculture food systems are the order of the day, financed and controlled by the EU bureaucrats, blinkered up to the eyeballs with bullshit!
In this land of plenty there is little food grown around this area.
EU sponsored, subsidized and pimped Monoculture prevails!
Bealtaine Cottage has built up a Permaculture Seed Bank.
If you want to see a list of available seeds, this link will take you there…
After washing and air-drying, I pack them into 8oz bag and store them in the freezer.
Redcurrant sauce is a delicious accompaniment to Nut Roast!
Many of the seeds that are dropped by the birds from gorging on this fruit, will, in turn become true Bealtaine Cottage fruit bushes…conceived, born and bred here.
I regularly give away hundreds of plants like this to visitors, as a way of practising the Permaculture Ethics.
Much of the Buddleia is now in heavenly scented bloom.
This tree was grown from a seed harvested here at Bealtaine.
And this beautiful white Buddleia.
Still no butterflies…just the one on the day my visitors came.
I’m hoping that it is just the wet weather!
Apple crops continue to look good despite the annual, “drop,” that happened during the week.
Now anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that I abhor injustice.
I consider it unjust to patent seeds and plants.
This is wrong.
Everyone knows that this is wrong.
There is a feeling one gets in one’s gut when something is unjust and wrong.
Some prefer to train themselves away from this intuitive conscience, our remaining link to the Divine.
Well, I do not and will not.
If something is wrong, it is wrong.
Any politician who colludes in any way with the patenting of seeds and plants is not worthy to serve the people.
They, quite simply, should be cast out from office, as soon as it is possible to do so.
In the meantime, as we have to deal with this abomination in our midst, saving seed and sharing it as Nature does with us, is the most important thing anyone can do.
Now is the time to save seed.
Time is against us.
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