An Act of Defiance from the Edge of Empire!

It seems as though governments all over the western world are colluding with big corporations and the energy companies to deliberately destroy our environments, and, in the face of much opposition from those who elected them into power…the people. I have yet to meet the person who supports war, fracking, privatisation of utilities, or GMOs. […]

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Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Gardens

The gardens in snow. Yesterday was a day for visitors who spent two and a half hours walking around all the different gardens. The photo above was taken in the winter of 2010…cold but very beautiful. Permaculture is about planting and planting without chemicals, but using Nature’s way of mulch, mulch, mulch. It works incredibly […]

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The Colours of the Celts

Creativity was associated with orange, as well as sexuality and fertility. Think of the egg yolk…only a deep orange yolk is really healthy and full of goodness. Invoke this colour in areas of your home where you want to express these elements. Green is infused with beauty and fertility, but also prosperity. In Feng Shui, […]

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Stonehenge, Newgrange and the Cycle of Life

The autumn continues to progress through it’s mellow display of earthy colours. Tomorrow is the Equinox and the beginning of the descent towards midwinter. The time of year denotes the slowing down of all that is life as we know it. Time to sort out the winter woolies and hang the heavy curtains to keep out the […]

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Abundant Harvest at Bealtaine Cottage…seeing is believing!

Despite the problems with weather and lack of sunshine, this  is turning out to be one of the best years on record for the harvest at Bealtaine Cottage. Continual adaptation to climate change is paying off, as the Potager Beds have excelled themselves in little over ten weeks since construction and planting. Designed and built in […]

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Permaculture is…

Permaculture is… a design system…  It’s a simple and effective way to apply  the principles of ecology in the design of sustainable human habitats. Building a veranda on the south side of Bealtaine Cottage was a practical and sustainable  way of applying the principles…there is now an all-weather area in which to shelter and store […]

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