Posted in Christmas, control, Debt, Earth, gifts

Who Controls You?

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Midwinter approaches.

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The holiday season draws near.

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There is no television here at Bealtaine Cottage, so I am unaware of the masses of advertising you are being bombarded with!

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I realise that the pressure is upon you to spend, spend, spend!

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But, hold on a minute or two and think about this… Every pound, euro or dollar you spend this Yuletide will put you deeper and deeper into debt and force others to compete with the madness that is gift-buying!

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As you spend, so the debt piles up around you, pressing you down, deeper into the mire of anxiety!

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Many people spend to the limit on their plastic cards and spend the entirety of the following year just paying it back.

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This represents the most insidious form of control on what should be a life of choices and freedom.

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All the time you are controlled by debt you are enslaved…and for what?

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Most of what is bought at Christmas ends up in landfill sites over the ensuing months. www.bealtainecottage.com 014

Mother Earth pays a huge price for your debt slavery.

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Who controls you?

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The same corporations who pollute Mother Earth?

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Change begins with you and me and the freedom to choose!

Posted in Abundance, Bees, compost, Food, Garden, Inspiration, Ireland, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Recycling, Trees

Orchards and Thunderstorms

New orchard at Bealtaine Cottage

An update on the new orchard at Bealtaine Cottage…the mulch is holding well and the little fruit trees are all bearing leaves and a little blossom too!

The ground beneath the mulching is layered with seaweed.

new orchard at Bealtaine CottageA new path has been created using shreddings from the garden waste and stones dug out from the ground.

A membrane for the path has been cut from builders material, that was on it’s way to a landfill, before I hi-jacked it!

Blackcurrant bushes are ready to be planted underneath the trees and flowers beneath those.

Barn and Potager at Bealtaine CottageThe main drive is to ensure succession planting for the bees.

If this is put into place, then all will be abundant and fruitful!

Meanwhile other work is under-way…re-planting the Potager beds and spreading compost.

About to open at Bealtaine Cottage
About to open at Bealtaine Cottage

Perennial poppies are about to open…these are red and white flowers and quite unusual.

And all this despite the early summer thunderstorms and incessant rain!

Wind Spiral on Willow arch in the permaculture gardens today
Wind Spiral on Willow arch in the permaculture gardens today

Geranium , Bamboo and Willow holds back the Ground Elder…there seems little point in trying to get rid of it as planting equally insistent plants appears to hold it in check!

Yellow Dogwood in the evening sun at Bealtaine Cottage
Yellow Dogwood in the evening sun at Bealtaine Cottage

The evening sun illuminates the gardens and all is still…the prelude to further thunder storms apparently!

Cotoneaster caught in the glare of the evening sun in the permaculture gardens at Bealtaine Cottage
Cotoneaster caught in the glare of the evening sun in the permaculture gardens at Bealtaine Cottage

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Posted in Abundance, Autumn, biodiversity, Celts, Climate, Country Living, Crafts, Food, Gardens, Growing Food, Inspiration, Permaculture, Thoughts, Uncategorized

The Magic of Autumn, A Permaculture Floor and Free Rose Arch

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Pumpkins take pride of place on my dresser back in 2010.

There is a brilliant Pumpkin season underway here in the west of Ireland, with some of the biggest and best being grown outdoors, despite the lack of sun this summer.

There was an almost full moon in the southern sky last night and the sky was clear and blue this morning.

However, rain and storms are forecast!

The moon last night was strong enough to light up the back of the cottage.

It waxed and shone brightly.

I am busy harvesting onions, garlic, herbs, potatoes, chard and loads of Apples.

Nights are closing in and there’s even a little frost on the grass some mornings.

This is my favourite season!

I wanted to integrate re-cycling as a theme in my cottage.

I feel strongly about the amount of waste that happens every day in our lives…”throw it away”…but where is ‘away?’

We all live on this finite planet.

We share the oceans…they’re all connected.

We share the air, good grief, we share everything on this planet, though some are greedy beyond belief!

These broken tiles were going to be buried in a landfill site…I needed a floor…and so a connection was made between some like-minded people.

This is the result, much admired by visitors to the cottage…my floor, a statement of permaculture fusion, permaculture art maybe?

Making a Rose Arch in the garden needn’t cost a penny!

This Rambling Rose is supported by a Ribes hedge and a couple of lengths of Willow.

There are several different kinds of flowering shrubs on either side to support wildlife and biodiversity, which is probably the reason why my Apple Harvest this year and every other year is so bountiful!

Observation is a key element in Permaculture.

It is also a great friend of any gardener, for observing one’s garden allows one to continually create small and interesting places from what grows and shapes itself.

Archways will form naturally and give a good indication of what is possible in that space.

A kind of evolutionary gardening if you like!

According to the Irish Calendar which is based on ancient Celtic traditions, autumn lasts throughout the months of August, September, and October, or possibly a few days later, depending on tradition….so the first month of autumn is almost over!

There is a heavy harvest of all berries this year…sign of a cold winter to come…but the birds will be fed well as there are simply tons of berries here at Bealtaine Cottage.

I began my work here providing nuts for the birds in feeders all over the gardens, but the shrubs and trees planted are all producing more than adequate food for the birds and all wildlife, so the bird-feeders have all been passed on.