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After the Flood…

The rain has ceased.

The sun has made an appearance and the streams are gushing forth from the hill behind the cottage.

I have just been out and captured the sights and sounds of the water on video.

The stream bed that snakes it’s way through the Fairy dell is brimming with sparkling rainwater.

It’s hurtling along and moving through the Spring Well in the wood.

This usually only happens during the winter months, but Ireland is seeing more and more heavy, monsoon type rains fall during the second half of the summer.

In a land noted for it’s “soft rain,” this is a clear indicator of Climate Change…from whatever cause!

I am not prepared to argue something that is quite tangible and evidential for me!

I am adapting to this and preparing for this downfall each year.

The water barrels are full to the brim and drawing down the afternoon sun.

Happily I live on a hill  and have constructed ponds on the low ground to capture and direct the excess water.

The first pond acts a silt-catcher and I harvest many buckets of wonderful food for the gardens there as the summer ends.

It also provides a huge crop of wild mint…the strongest and purest one can get anywhere on this sacred Earth!

So, rather than moan about the heavy rains and complain of flood, find ways to divert this excess water into useful projects, for that is the permaculture way forward!

Next?

Water-cress beds!

In the meantime, here is today’s video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8hE5czFLcE

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A Day Indoors at Bealtaine Cottage

Heavy rain is falling here in the west of Ireland.

This is our now too frequent monsoon.

It occurs each summer, after a drought that sees the spring well slowing down to a dribble as the aquifers drop dramatically.

The evidence is all too obvious that there is a climate change going on…that is not negotiable in my book.

However, the source of this climate change can be debated over and even argued over…I care not.

I just know that it is happening.

I am a gardener.

I am in the gardens every day and the weather is recorded in my head or on this blog accordingly.

The clouds are so heavy and low that I actually fell asleep this afternoon.

There is an eerie silence.

The birds are tucked into overhanging branches, hardly moving.

Jack has slept under the stove in the kitchen…it’s warm there.

As I type there is a shawl draped over my shoulders.

There is a nip in the air.

Tonight will be spent hunkered down, waiting for the storm to pass…

There is a badger set in the vegetable garden, alongside the path into the Fairy Dell woodland.

The badger has dug many small holes along the path in his quest for some small root I would guess.

As I walked over to the compost to empty the ashes from the stove this morning, I noticed a series of quite neat excavations and a neat pile of soil by each.

I will film over there tomorrow if the weather eases up…

Home made wine continues to bubble up in the demijohns.

The sound of the bubbles breaking as they rise through the airlocks takes on a comforting, if frenzied, tick tock!

And the rain continues to fall…

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Extreme Weather in Ireland…AGAIN! Permaculture @ Bealtaine Cottage.

Bealtaine Cottage May 2012 010The weather has been extremely dry over recent weeks.

Bush fires are raging in counties Donegal and Mayo as I write.

There can be no more wavering on the issue of climate change…it is real!

May 2011 Bealtaine Cottage 010There are very low levels of water in my spring well so I have to ration water use in the cottage.

Rain is promised for the middle to end of the week…bring it on!

Colours of the Copper Beech trees are deepening along the bank at the back of the cottage.

Planting deciduous trees like these will ensure that soil is not eroded and the land is protected from monsoon type rains which are becoming more frequent here in Ireland.

May 2011 Bealtaine 013Ireland, once known for its soft rain…

There is a distinct canopy emerging at Bealtaine, a forest garden is taking shape, and with it a magical landscape.

I see permaculture more and more as the only real solution to the massive environmental devastation that is happening across the globe.

The Earth needs to be re-forested…fast!

There are 60 fire engines out across N.Ireland this evening fighting wild fires on the hills.

Some homes in Donegal have already been evacuated.

May 2011 Bealtaine 006It is difficult to come to terms with this freakish weather on May 1…except that extreme weather in Ireland is no longer freakish and more and more the norm., Worrying!