Another Trip Around The Sun!

My birthday has passed. It was a wonderful day and here I am in a new year of my life, another journey around the sun! It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and, as usual, it’s been a wonderful time for casting the occasional, cursory glance over my shoulder to the past. To this end, […]

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Half Light and Shadows

The apricot glow of a fading October sky, merged with the heavy rustling of cows on the field across the lane, drawing me outdoors. This is a magical time of enchantment, with Nature and late evening light. Any noise on such a still evening exudes an eerie quality of something not understood…always best to go […]

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Self-Sufficiency at the Cottage

Fennel grows very well in my garden here in Ireland. In fact all the plants from the herb family grow well here. I’ve been harvesting seeds from the Fennel plants this morning. The seeds taste lovely, sweet and liquorice like. They make great chewy sweets that help to assuage the appetite, so can help in […]

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Cat Hotels and Halloween Weather…Notes from a Permaculture Cottage!

Cats will always find a home. The cleverest cats manage to find hotels. Cat hotels. The best food, drink and accomodation, free of charge with limitless facilities! And so it is that Missy the ginger cat has come to stay at Bealtaine Cottage… Missy is the daughter of a feral cat. Her mother was killed on […]

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Permaculture Cottage Daily ~ Water in the Well…

Continuing to collect windfall apples today. Making a lot of apple crumble. I use my own recipe that uses half and half wholemeal flour and oats, so it’s really heart healthy too.  Tomatoes and Calendula…knocked over by the wind, but continuing to grow and ripen…late, but sweet! And there remains a long list of tasks […]

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