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Sculpting A Sustainable Future

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Bealtaine Cottage images are popping up everywhere and especially throughout the Permaculture and Sustainable Living Movements. (This image was taken this morning…yes, it’s very mild for the 3rd of November!)
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Recently, the Transition Town of Kinsale in Cork used an image from the Bealtaine Cottage website, (You may recognise it!), promoting a series of talks and lectures in its, now internationally famous, Kinsale Arts Festival…and so the message of hope spreads!
This is from the website…

Sculpting a Sustainable Future with Transition Town Kinsale

KFEC Amphitheatre

28 September
2:00 pm Tickets Free

Talks and tours on permaculture techniques and ideas on local food Join Transition Town Kinsale as they explore the accessibility and freshness of local fruits and vegetables, including a guided walk through the permaculture gardens, talks on vegetarian cooking and eating, maps of Kinsale’s new edible landscape, and information on preparing lotions and creams made from organic ingredients. Plus talks from local growers such as Aimi Pinder of Kinsale Green Growers Farm. A fun, educational day – working together to sculpt a sustainable future.

Programme of Events

Friary Centre

2pm Dr Colin Sage: UCC/Chairman of Cork Food Council

Alternative Visions for Our Future Food Systems

2.30pm John Brennan: Leitrim Organic Farmers Co-Op

GMO – The Issue of Genetically Modified Organisms

3.00pm Mags Coughlan: Ballymaloe Head Gardener

Garden to Table

KFEC Amphitheatre

4pm Meet local organic farmer Ami Pinder and Community Herbalist, Niamh Geoghegan, Community Herbalist who will lead a guided walk through the Permaculture College Gardens exploring the herbs and wild food therein.

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As the seasons move from Autumn to Winter, changes are tangible in just a few day…
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The descent towards Midwinter has begun, with less than seven weeks to the shortest day.
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This is a great time of year to create gardens and creating a sustainable garden means co-creating with Mother Nature. permaculture at 010
Working with Nature to develop a garden which will continue to look beautiful with minimum work involved.
This little teapot will continue to be a home for nesting birds as the tree grows, eventually fusing into the branches.
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The most naturally planted gardens will allow you to reap unexpected food rewards from Mother Nature, such as these “Shaggy Inkcap” mushrooms growing across the gardens of Bealtaine.
The Shaggy Inkcap is an edible species that can be used to make soups or sauces or simply cut into strips and fried.
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Shaggy Inkcaps are an ideal ‘breakfast mushroom’, gathered when young and fresh and then cooked and eaten right away.
It is important to consume these mushrooms within an hour or two of gathering them, as they deteriorate very quickly even if kept in a refrigerator.
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Planting trees helps to store carbon from the atmosphere into the soil.
Trees will cool your home in summer and let in the winter sun.
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Make your garden climate-friendly and water-wise.
Understand your environment, weather patterns and the plants that thrive where you live…not what trends and magazines dictate.
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  Creating a haven by using a diverse range of plants, will go a long way in establishing a healthy garden.
Not only do you help increase plant biodiversity, but you also provide a habitat for animals, beneficial insects and birds. Happy gardening!
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Transition Town Sligo, Monsanto and No 2 GM

March against Monsanto, Sligo

On Saturday, as part of the “March Against Monsanto,” campaign held worldwide, I attended a public meeting to raise awareness about Monsanto,and the many issues surrounding GM foods.

march against Monsanto, IrelandJohn Brennan,a long time anti-GM campaigner,and a member of NO 2 GM,an anti GM organisation,, was the speaker at this event.

As Monsanto, the giant biotech U.S. company is becoming more and more determined to impose it’s GM foods on the populations of the world, people are equally becoming more and more determined to resist this pressure.

Sligo has just entered the Transition Towns Movement and has already established a Community Garden, where great, organic food is grown and people come together to make the transition from a world of peak oil to a more localized environment, where food and fuel do not have to be transported great distances.

It was a great day and an opportunity to power up with information, as well as meet new people involved in improving the world we live in!

Euphorbia in the front gardenBack home, in the gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage, the sun shines between heavy rain…ideal growing conditions!

Roses on the veranda at Bealtaine CottageThe roses on the veranda have opened their scented blooms, as the bees dart in and out to avoid the heavy rain.

Sweet Peas in a hanging basketSweet Peas have been planted in hanging baskets to avoid the slugs and…

Kanzan Cherry tree in flower at Bealtaine CottageThe blossom now covers the Kanzan Cherry Tree…a long wait, but worth it!

You can see the blue sky, but don’t be fooled as almost an inch of rain fell last night and continues, intermittently today!

Bird bath in tree at Bealtaine CottageThis is a brass dish I found at the second-hand market on Sunday.

It was 25cents!

Doesn’t it make a great bird bath set into the branches of this tree and filled with rainwater?

As the tree grows this summer, the branches will grow into the plate, holding it securely in place!

Courtyard garden at Bealtaine CottageEverything is making good progress as the weather improves.

permaculture gardens of Bealtaine CottageThe gardens are just drooping with abundance.

Celtic Cross at Bealtaine CottageBees and insects are in heaven!

And as you can see from today’s video…

“A Bee Healthy Permaculture Garden”