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Sacred Earth Rising

Bealtaine CottageIf, nine years ago, someone had told me that the Earth was sacred, I may have laughed and thought it a little eccentric of them to say the least!

Amethyst horn at Bealtaine CottageLooking back, through my collection of diaries, from the time when I first began planting the land here at Bealtaine Cottage, I realise that immense changes have happened, not just here, on the land, but here, within me too.

Roses at BealtaineThere is no doubt in my mind that the Earth is sacred.

Standing stone at Bealtaine CottageThis fundamental belief was what was missing from my life.

Shasta daisy at Bealtaine CottageIt is what binds everything else together and allows me to make sense of life.

Fowgloves at Bealtaine CottageIt is not a populist belief, but then this blog is not written from that precept of appealing to the popular or mainstream.

Bealtaine Cottage BuddhaThis blog is merely a way of focusing my thoughts for my diary entries.

Front garden at BealtaineIt is a way of sharing evolving values and ideas.

Box for the birds and the beesIt is a way of sharing what has empowered and enabled me.

Valerian by the barnHope and happiness walk hand in hand.

Bealtaine Cottage ValerianI have found both at Bealtaine Cottage…the blessed Earth…Sacred Earth…She is rising.

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Sharing this video made this morning here at Bealtaine…

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A Reason to Dig ~ Life in the Country, Town and City!

Bamboo this afternoon in the garden.

Many people are experiencing hardship at the present time.

This will, inevitably get much worse, as more and more people get trapped in the web of debt.

This is surely a time to think seriously, long and hard about sustainable living.

There are many ways that people can empower themselves and perhaps the most beneficial one is growing food.

Crocosmia shoots are growing fast this month, promising early flowers and colour!

Of course, not everyone has a garden.

In fact, I lived in an apartment at one time in London and did not have access to any growing space, so rented an allotment.

For those who have never grown fruit and vegetables this way, I can tell you, it is the best fun and most social thing one can enjoy!

Beautiful Birch trees on the north bank today.

I often think that allotment growing is even more productive as going to the allotment is a regular delight and there’s always good advice and help at hand.

More important, it is about real self-empowerment, growing and sustaining oneself and one’s family.

Willow, cut, tied and standing in the barn, ready to be used in 8 weeks time.

Growing food is only the beginning of an exciting and fulfilling journey.

What follows from here is an engagement with food…making jams, chutneys, wines, cordials for a start!

Perlagoniums standing in the barn to over-winter, continue to hang onto their flowers…that’s just how mild the winter has been!

Now is the time to get started in the garden.

A propagator can really give you a start on the growing season and there are also many seeds that can be sown on the window-ledge and even directly into the ground.

Any good gardening book will inform you well!

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Pot grown veggies can be very easy, as with growing in hanging baskets.

Willow off-cuts…when dried these make great kindling for the fire.

Have a go and get growing…the first big step in taking control of your life back and embracing independence!