Posted in Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland, new Year Clearout, painting, Permaculture, stuff, Sustainable Living

Renewal

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You may recall how I began clearing out “stuff” before the Midwinter.

Since then I have begun to enjoy the freedom of less and less stuff.

In keeping with this new sense of space and energy in and around the cottage, I have gone in seek of leftover paint, so as I could begin the task of painting and renewing as much of the cottage and gardens as possible.

The veranda wall of the cottage has not seen paint in several years, so a good wash down and paint was begun this afternoon.

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I scavenged two pots of paint and set about mixing them…I am happy with the result, a kind of peachy white.

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My energy has been renewed as I embarked on a plant-based diet a week ago.

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Washing the tunnel and clearing out the beds inside have been completed.

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The beds have been raked over and are ready to plant into during the weeks ahead.

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Another task undertaken this weekend was the cleaning out of the hen-house.

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They are enjoying masses of fresh oat straw!

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As the daylight faded and I packed the paint away until the morning, I began to see the lovely tones of the freshly painted wall.

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Posted in Ireland, New Year

With Love

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The hands of the clock move forward, inexorably towards the first day of the New year.

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I sit in the quiet, listening to the low singing of the kettle on the range, looking forward to toasting this New Year with a cup of tea.

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Few people admit to being quietly on their own.

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It seems that the flurry of activity around this celebration is something of a competition.

The cities of the world attempting to out do one another in firework displays.

Sales of alcohol being added into the GDP figures…and on and on!

The fact is that there are many more people like myself than any of the media would care to admit…this year especially!

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Many people are suffering financial hardship and simply cannot afford to go out so soon after the Christmas festivities.

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So, in this time of tranquillity here at Bealtaine Cottage, let me take the opportunity to thank all of you wonderful souls who have visited this sacred little piece of Mother Earth, sent letters, posted presents, made donations, took the time to write some truly beautiful comments and stayed on this journey with me through 2014.

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I feel so blessed by you all and in return you have my heartfelt blessings.

May the days ahead be filled with joy and love, peace and compassion, for each and every one of you.

With love and deep gratitude from Colette at Bealtaine Cottage, West Ireland.

Posted in Debt, economic collapse, finance, Health, Permaculture, wealth

The Year Ahead…Be prepared!

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When I was growing up it was an expectation to be free from debt, ie: mortgage, loans, etc., by the time near retirement.

What has in fact proved to be reality is quite the opposite.

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Whereas “debt” was once perceived to be a shameful state, it is now considered to be the absolute norm!

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We have been asleep at the wheel, as we have been suckered into a system where we are little more than Serfs.

So what is a “Serf” I hear you ask?

Wikipedia sums it up thus: Serfs who occupied a plot of land were required to work for the Lord of the Manor who owned that land, and in return were entitled to protection, justice and the right to exploit certain fields within the manor to maintain their own subsistence.

Indebtedness, in other words, is the key to not owning one’s own existence.

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Many of my friends and family are waking up to the fact that theirs is a debt-based existence. Some have confided in me, that they will have to stay in work past official retirement age, in order to service the inflated mortgage they are now tied to.

Once in retirement, the family home will have to be sold!

And this, at a time when many adult children are moving back into the family home!

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In past blogs I have offered advice in terms of the practical adjustments you can make to your home in order to make it easier and cheaper to run.

If you have a huge mortgage, think of selling while prices are fairly high.

Trade down to something small and affordable.

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Land, no matter how small, once bought and paid for, will be a great buffer against the vagaries of the present crumbling financial system.

If you continue to live in the cities, pressurize your local politicians for Allotments and Community Gardens, where food can be grown and a sense of self-support maintained.

This approach has proved itself already in post-Soviet Russia and in Cuba as well as other countries.

Here’s a link to how Permaculture ensured continued food support to the people of Cuba in a time of sanctions…yes, it works!

https://www.transitionnetwork.org/stories/chris-bird/2014-01/permaculture-gathering-cuba

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Creating a Food Pantry can help you take full advantage of storing food, as well as making the most of supermarket offers to help offset the rising costs we are facing into!

Pay off your debts and try to avoid any loans, plastic cards etc.

Keep a housekeeping book, tracking all your income and outgoings, so as you can grab more control of your life.

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All this will take time, so it’s best to make a start as soon as you can.

There are, however, two simple skills you can learn, to make a practical start to the New Year ahead.

The first is easy and will save you a small fortune, as well as increasing your good health…teach yourself to make some of the best food ever…Soup.

Home made soup is a meal in itself.

…and Bread, for good home made bread is the “Staff of Life!”

We are facing into an uncertain future in terms of economic stability…Be Prepared!

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