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 weight loss too!
I suppose the taste could be likened tio a distinctive anise-like flavour and scent.
Medicinally this seed acts as an aid to digestion, stomach pains and flatulence…it’s traditionally good for babies with colic if a tea is made from it.
No using washing powders.
No using fabric conditioners.
No using bleach or ANY chemicals here at Bealtaine Cottage.
My washing machine broke down about two years ago and I have hand-washed clothes ever since.
It really is extraordinarily simple and easy to make a routine that encompasses washing a few items of clothes each day.
If I want white fabrics to whiten up, I leave them to bleach in the sun…and a shower of rain on them is even better!
Of course the very best and quickest way to bleach fabrics naturally is to leave them out on a frosty day…brilliant whites!
Think about it…the Victorians wore a lot of white cotton and calico, with only bars of soap to clean their clothes!
We need to stop sending all those chemicals down our drains to the oceans…there is NO AWAY!
I am storing the pumpkins wherever I can find a space in the pantry, ensuring they are kept separate on shelves, cool and dry.
There are so many recipes that use pumpkin and am collecting them up for use this winter.
Pumpkin Curry is already a tried and tested dinner and is yummy!
Fortunately there are many bright and sunny days to be had in the months that make up the Autumn.
The evenings are drawing in, fires are lit and warm jumpers unpacked from summer storage, but the days are pleasant and filled with a beauty only to be found at this time of year.
Enjoy the week ahead and take time to appreciate The Fall.
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 the road, leaving Missy and her siblings orphaned and living in the hedgerow. A kindly man rescued them and Missy came to live at Bealtaine. years later she went further afield, to London and became a city cat…but has now returned to Bealtaine Cottage.
I think all cats are wild. They only act tame if there’s a saucer of milk in it for them. ~ Douglas Adams
Lat take a cat, and fostre hym wel with milk
And tendre flessh, and make his couche of silk,
And lat hym seen a mous go by the wal,
Anon he weyveth milk and flessh and al,
And every deyntee that is in that hous,
Swich appetit hath he to ete a mous.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer The Manciple’s Tale
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. ~ Jeff Valdez
Today, at Bealtaine Cottage. Still, sometimes sunny, mostly cloudy, but always very beautiful.
Edith Piaf sings…The Autumn Leaves…
…with some beautiful images…enjoy!