The Walls are Alive, The Cottage Breathes…

Morning at Bealtaine, infused with tasks and rituals as the hands on the clock move towards midday on this last Thursday of September. There was a full moon last night. This was the true Mabon or Equinox moon, casting light through the trees that surround the cottage, illuminating the landscape, lighting the way. The air […]

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Hens, Compost and St Patrick’s Day at Bealtaine Cottage

  Collecting fresh laid eggs from the hen house on the morning of St Patrick’s Day at Bealtaine Cottage. Step inside the Hen House with me to see where the girls have laid… then over to the tunnel to check on the seedlings. I explain how the compost toilet system is so simple and easy […]

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Saturday Morning in the Permaculture Garden

These are the pears in one of the orchards this morning, continuing to develop. Good rainfall has helped enormously and the days are healthily damp! The No-Dig Method of Growing. It is possible for one woman as myself to look after 3 acres of poor land and make it productive, using the No-Dig method which […]

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Notes from a Cottage…West of Ireland Permaculture.

The land across the smallholding that is Bealtaine Cottage, is very wet indeed. Too wet to do much, except admire the tremendous growth that has taken place recently! The paths are closing in and so I spent about two hours this morning out with my shears, clipping frantically between showers…about a third done, not bad! […]

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Tuesday 18 May @ Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding

It’s raining this morning and the plants that self-seed in the gravel are continuing to drink. This is Valerian, which loves the limestone gravel and grows from seed scattered into the stones. It’s beginning to flower and will continue to flower all the way through the summer. Columbine is coming through the gravel around the […]

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