Posted in change, Cottage, de-clutter, decorating, new year changes, stuff

Energizing Change

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Decorating the cottage has been under way over recent days.

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It began with a thorough clean and dust which inevitably led onto other things…painting and moving furniture, as well as painting furniture!

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This is what happens when one starts the process…Quentin Crisp once said that it was a never-ending task once undertaken…however, it has come to a close, for the moment at least!

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Even the rough carpentry I attempted ten years ago at the beginning of my tenure here, looks appropriately renewed, if not perfect.

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The results are here for you to see and I am happy to have a cleaner, brighter kitchen, as well as an easier to use sitting room and all on a budget too!

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The paint on the walls, a slate grey, is actually masonry paint for the outside walls of a house…bequeathed to me as leftovers from a friend of a friend…it works well and is much tougher than interior matt paint.

I have taken bags of stuff to the charity shop, as well as giving much away to friends.

All are happy and most of all me!

I have a dedicated area for the juicer as I intend to do a lot more juicing in the coming year.

I have little excess stuff and so feel much lighter, both physically and spiritually.

My little cottage has space to welcome more of Mother Nature and that I am very happy about indeed!

Any donation, no matter how small, goes a long way in sustaining and developing this site.

Blessings
Posted in Animals, Bealtaine Cottage, Garden, Gardens, Inspiration, Leitrim, Lifestyle, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Thoughts, Uncategorized

As the Sun Sets on Bealtaine

sunset at bealtaine CottageThe Open Permaculture Gardens Weekend has been a great success.

Open weekendVisitors have come and walked the gardens, shared the spirit of this little home and talked with others, gathered around the ancient and rather rickety table in this small kitchen.

bealtaine cottage sunsetPeople, from all walks of life, have shown tremendous generosity, in donating to the Leitrim Animal Welfare Sanctuary.

sunset at bealtaine cottageThere is a fantastic 200 Euros to bring to the Sanctuary on Tuesday!

open weekend bunting by the gateDespite the wet weather, great spirited followers of this blog travelled from all over Ireland, to spend time together in the gardens of Bealtaine Cottage.

open weekend sunsetMany expressed deep emotion to be here, in what has evolved as a sanctuary for Mother Nature.

front door of bealtaine cottageAfter hours of walking the gardens and sharing stories, tea, cake and soup, visitors left  with plants, books, cuttings and ideas, filled with a determination to create their own Eden!

bealtaine cottage pondThank you to Jane Forrester, of Bandon Pottery, who travelled the 10 hour round trip from West Cork,

Sean and Roisin Mc Cluskey from Donegal,

Paddy kelly,

Isabel Huroczlie,

Claudia Kohler,

Paul Browne,

Patricia Wallace from Dunboyne

Joe Morrissey from Dunboyne

Sandra MacLiammon from Cavan

John Murray from Navan

John McAdam from Slane

Peter and Caroline

Nathan and Janet

Iris Weber

Dermot Henry

Sinead Jackson

Una Parsons and Gerry Hunt

sunset at bealtaineWhat a wonderful, wonderful gathering of people under the eaves of Bealtaine Cottage!

celtic cross in the sunsetYour wonderful energy resonates here this evening…thank you one and all!

Posted in Angels, Bealtaine Cottage, Bees, Cottage, Country Living, Earth, Garden, Herbs, Inspiration, Ireland, Life, Lifestyle, Permaculture, Spirituality, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Life Sounds…

Gentle rain falls from the sky between bright sunshine and winds that swirl the clouds above.

This is a lovely weekend.

 Flowers and seed-heads adorn the interior of the cottage.

Lovage wine is being prepared in the kitchen.

 Today’s video is simply the sounds of a day in late June, 2012, as the heavy rains subside and the sun breaks through. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQdz32XJZnY

Posted in Art, Cottage, Country Living, Crafts, Eco-Living, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Thrift, Uncategorized

A New Kitchen for 50 euros? Easy!

The walls painted and stencilled, the floor painted and sealed, there was little to do except sew the new curtains.

A mass of green gingham fell into my lap, enough for the job, so I set about sewing and hanging…

Frugality and simplicity are cornerstones of permaculture, so simple curtains, made from sustainable cotton are an easy way to complete a re-decoration.

The time sewing them was interspersed with baking a cake and listening to a podcast.

Multi-tasking is easy.

Life is simple and abundant.

The first curtains are hung on the west window.

I shall leave the top windows uncovered until late Autumn, just before the winter draws in…

Both windows are now finished and I even had enough material left for curtaining the sink area.

Now to find some nice material to sew a table cloth…

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I have completed the kitchen…new floor, new walls, new curtains and hangings and all for less than 50 euros.

Posted in Abundance, biodiversity, Birds, Cottage, Country Living, Food, Garden, Growing Food, Permaculture, Smallholding, Summer, Trees, Uncategorized

Roses on the Veranda and the Apples have set!

The roses have come out on the veranda.

I made a short video to show you some of the beauty… you can click on that below.

The apples have all set and are developing well.

There promises to be a magnificent crop this year, so all the recipes for apple wine, chutney,butter, cider and more will be perused and debated…will I make this or that or…

The Willow is now in leaf, as are most of the trees, with the Ash being the last to leaf.

The scent as I walk around the gardens from the blossom on the Hawthorn trees is heavenly!

Work in the kitchen is almost finished and the task of stencilling will start later in the week.

I thought that an Ivy stencil would be lovely, so will cut one out when I get the chance to sit down!

Anyway, here is today’s video, with love from Bealtaine Cottage…click and enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqX4Q4G8NPE&list=UUHkXJ9wsrdPEpzb-KMgmt-A&index=1&feature=plcp

Posted in Animals, Autumn, Bealtaine Cottage, Cats, Country Living, Permaculture, PermaGoddess, Smallholding, Uncategorized

Country Living Ireland…Autumn work at the cottage smallholding.

Into the kitchen for a warming cup of tea after spending the morning cutting back brambles in a bid to open up another part of the land. Autumn continues and there remain quite a few leaves on the trees.

Missy cat…staring at Jack in a sort of threatening way…The autumn sun shines silver into the sitting room…I love this season for the soft silvery light.

Jack makes sure he stays in his little home in the porch…he knows that Missy is not allowed in without his say-so!

Lime trees have almost completed their leaf drop, feeding the earth for another year.

November has stayed relatively mild and warm, so many of the trees are showing off their colours a little longer!

Manure from the hens has been spread on the vegetable beds…hoping for massive pumpkins next year!

Posted in Abundance, Autumn, Baking, Bealtaine Cottage, Food, Growing Food, Inspiration, Ireland, Permaculture, Recipes, Smallholding, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetarian

Permaculture Cottage ~ Funky Scarf and Chunky Cake!

Friday afternoon at Bealtaine and despite the rain work between showers has contiued throughout the day. I hung this plaque on the kitchen door earlier, a present from a friend. It’s simple, colourful and evokes a sense of what lies beyond the door…the pantry!

Talking of which…there’s several demijohns of wine waiting to be bottled and laid down in here!

Knitted a scarf recently and was thinking about the edging…and after considerable searching around in the craft boxes stashed under beds and other forgetful places, I found these wooden beads, which I’ve threaded onto the edges of the scarf with wool and a big darning needle!

A big and bold arrangement in the vase on the mantlepiece in the sitting room, using some quickly cut pieces from the upper garden…just two varieties here! Simple is best and looks fab!

Simple and easy chunky cake…

  • 12 ozs SR Flour
  • 6 ozs  Margarine
  • 4 ozs caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • buttermilk
  • home made Rhubarb Jam
  • Organic oats
  1. Weigh all the ingredients.
  2. Put all ingredients into the mixer.
  3. Whizz.
  4. Add eggs
  5. Whizz
  6. Add a little buttermilk
  7. Whizz.
  8. Line a cake tray, add half of the mix.
  9. Dollop jam on top and add remaining mix.
  10. Sprinkle with oats and demerara sugar.

Bake at 190 c for about 20 minutes or so.

And for a wet Friday evening…what can be nicer than a hot vegetable stew, with big chunks of fresh bread?

Have a good weekend!