Make It, Mend It.

As the Winter nights draw in, we have a sense of being confined to home. This is the time when many people feel there is little to do, often resorting to whiling away the evenings doing nothing much…and I speak from personal experience more’s the shame! The reality is actually quite different from that which we first encounter, for this is not time we have to pass, but down time allowing us to catch up, prepare for the lighter days ahead and make plans. There lies ahead of us a mere 5-6 weeks to that most busiest of holiday seasons,…

Preparing for the Collapse.

Over recent months it has become more and more apparent that there is a massive problem rolling towards us in the financial markets. Making money without production has been the mainstay of the economic markets. The men in suits deal in commodities, pension plans, mortgages and hedge funds. Money that is put into savings and pension plans is being scooped up and processed out of the country, to be invested in other, slave-labour nations of corruption and despotism. That money should be invested in our own economies, but, asking for integrity and honesty from the bankers and brokers is a…

Eight Ways To Live a Better Life

This is not a check-list. It is not about ways to recycle or buy greener energy. There is enough advice out there for you to check out. Lists are good for remembering things in a hurry and ensuring everything is done, completed, bought… This is simpler and permanent. It is what I have learned about living as lightly as possible on this beautiful Earth. These small bits of advice are not in any particular order, but as I think of them and how they have made a difference to my life… *** Re-claim and nurture knowledge. Talk with older, wiser…

Country Living and Gingham Curtains

New curtains, made from cotton gingham and hung on the newly cleaned windows, all ready for the festive season and visitors arriving on Christmas Eve… There is a plethora of fabrics available to use in sewing, but many of them are produced as by-products of the petro-chemical industry and carry with them many pollutants infused into the fabric itself. These pollutants then become infused into the very atmosphere of the home and part of the air we breathe…so, I choose natural fabrics for my sewing and decorating efforts. Midwinter light, candles and greenery collected from Nature and placed on window…

Sustainable Living and the Mystical Poets

  Social unrest is being driven by corporate greed, and the resulting societal chaos compounded by unemployment, mental trauma, & poverty!  Energy and food, the two most basic commodities of life on this Earth, are increasing in value as demand for both escalates. This should alert everyone to the need to prepare both individually and collectively for the times ahead by becoming more self reliant. In this respect, Permaculture and the Transition Towns Movement have been at the forefront of thinking and policy development. At Bealtaine Cottage the focus is on creating an infrastructure for a lifestyle that is as practical and…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Knitting and Reading

The weather has forced me indoors a lot recently, encouraging a hive of activity that includes knitting and sorting cupboards and reading… I’ve just completed this scarf for someone who wanted me to knit for her in these colours and in natural wool. So hard to get a scarf knit in natural 100% wool these days apparently. So there it is, completed and ready for collection. I enjoyed the task so much, I decided to use all the leftover wool and knit one for myself… This is a great book I’m enjoying reading at present…picked up in a charity shop…