Sustainable Food Revolution

Living in a time when the cost of food is rising day on day, it might be time to re-think the lawn! This is what Bill Mollison, one of the founders of the Permaculture movement has to say on the subject: “. . . every society that grows extensive lawns could produce all its food […]

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A Day in Early Spring

Juicing is a great way to ensure one has the maximum of vitamins and minerals and this is something I do every day. It’s also a reason to keep greens growing all the year around, as even small bits can be added to the juicer and vital vitamins extracted. I’ve used some small bits of […]

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Tree Gardens

Winter is here, though it’s hard to believe! Flowers continue to bloom and leaves remain in the process of changing colour. Bowls of apples in the cottage create a sense of Autumn. Vibrant colours create a different garden, a very seasonal garden thanks to the many trees! The Sedum keeps its shape, despite the small […]

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Coppicing Trees for Future Forests

The day is warm and still. There’s a hint of early autumn in the air. I have been working in the gardens, coppicing trees. This morning I coppiced this lovely Birch tree. The trunk remains growing about a metre or so from the earth and will rapidly produce several new stems, that will thicken up […]

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Yuletide Celebrations

Yuletide is an ancient celebration. As the mist encircles the cottage this morning and the stillness of the air creates echoes along the hill, Midwinter seems very close. This is traditionally a time for people to come together and celebrate the midwinter, with feasting, music and dancing. I have been busy painting and decorating the […]

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Permaculture Cottage Daily ~ Wonderful Visitors, Dr Helen Caldicott and Seamus Heaney

Wednesday 7th September 2011 More Wonderful Visitors to Bealtaine Cottage… But, before I begin… This wonderful young fella turned up at the protest on Monday evening, outside the Council Offices in Carrick-on-Shannon…complete with Gas mask, (Josh Fox) style and home made placard and got a rousing cheer from the protesters! Visitors to the Permaculture Smallholding today… […]

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Sunny Permaculture Gardens at Bealtaine…June 1st.

Alder logs ready to be stacked in the barn and seasoned! Such a beautiful colour and such a fast- growing wood. Spirea, ‘Bridal wreath,’…so-named for its arching habit which would make wreaths easily…beautiful in a bouquet too! Calendula in the tunnel earlier today. Such a lovely, orangey scent from both the flowers and the foliage! […]

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Permaculture in Ireland.

Moon in the sky last night over Bealtaine, lighting the way back from the tunnel. the Cuckoo was still calling, even in the dark of the night and light of the moon. as we ascend towards Midsummer, the Cuckoo barely sleeps. I have heard him call in the middle of the night! The garden becomes […]

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Hothouse Flowers in a Permaculture Environment. Evening @ Bealtaine Cottage

Laburnum and Ferns, hastily picked, make a casual, summer bouquet for the sitting room window of the cottage. I never buy flowers and don’t support the polluting, hothouse methods involved in growing shop bought arrangements. The seasonal look is more in keeping with caring for the environment as well as being much more stylish. The […]

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