Food in the Midwinter Garden

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It’s surprising just how much food is growing in the gardens of Bealtaine at this time of year, the time of scarcity…but far from it! There’s the makings of a decent salad, with Fennel, Japanese salads like Mizuna and others as well as a lovely edible garnish in the form of Pansy flowers. In other […]

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Magical Days

Gardens in Spring are one of Nature’s great delights. Here at Bealtaine Cottage the back door remains open and the sun streams in. My grandson, Dylan sips tea, whilst nearby, Charlie sleeps on the rocking chair. It is days like these that are idyllic to recall, as the days of Spring and Summer stretch out […]

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A New Way of Living

Food production can be a problem for many people who have little or no access to land. There are many who live in conditions where even a balcony is a precious space. I have spoken before about the ways in which access to growing space can be achieved, through allotments, community gardens and the like, […]

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Midwinter Blessings

The ancients believed winter, especially Midwinter, was a time of tremendous spiritual power. And so the shortest day has passed and we are looking forward, at last, to the ascending sun, from tomorrow. The greenery on the mantelpiece will stay a few days longer, as the days slowly lengthen. Work on the potager beds and […]

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Growing Food in Cottage Gardens

It’s a perfect day for being in the garden, with just the right amount of sun and shade as the voluminous clouds drift overhead, sun shines full in between and there’s just a promise of rain! The roses on the veranda are hanging so low that one has to limbo-dance under them to get in […]

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Framed, Raw and Rather Juicy!

I was given this beautiful old frame by a guy in a second-hand market in the local town. It is one of the most beautiful picture frames I have ever come across. Look closely at it, for it is a colourful mosaic of sea washed glass and shells. For several years now it has waited […]

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