Decorating the cottage has been under way over recent days.
It began with a thorough clean and dust which inevitably led onto other things…painting and moving furniture, as well as painting furniture!
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!
Even the rough carpentry I attempted ten years ago at the beginning of my tenure here, looks appropriately renewed, if not perfect.
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!
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.
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!
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…
I have completed the kitchen…new floor, new walls, new curtains and hangings and all for less than 50 euros.
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…
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!