A Home for the Jackdaws

There remains much work to be done here in the gardens over the coming days and weeks. It is essential I get on with it! I shall leave you with the rest of the photographs I took this morning as I walked around the gardens.

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Mother

“I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.” ~ Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland Walking through the upper gardens this morning and snapping photographs as I went… As I walked I thought about my Mother, my Grandmother and some of the women who have influenced […]

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This is What Goddess-Inspired Permaculture Looks Like!

Enjoy this morning’s video, shot in the rain-misted splendour of the Goddess Gardens.   Please consider supporting Bealtaine Cottage by subscribing to the Bealtaine Cottage Good Life…link is at the top of this site. Blessings X Colette at Bealtaine Cottage

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Hens, Compost and St Patrick’s Day at Bealtaine Cottage

  Collecting fresh laid eggs from the hen house on the morning of St Patrick’s Day at Bealtaine Cottage. Step inside the Hen House with me to see where the girls have laid… then over to the tunnel to check on the seedlings. I explain how the compost toilet system is so simple and easy […]

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How To Build Your Own Polytunnel!

The polytunnel at Bealtaine Cottage has stood for eleven years, retaining it’s structure extremely well and providing all year round space for growing food. The plastic remains “as tight as a drum,” as any visitor to Bealtaine Cottage gardens will attest to. In this blog I will endeavour to give you simple instructions on how […]

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Post Midsummer Polytunnel Gardening at Bealtaine Cottage

Second-phase food production is under way as from this week. Midsummer has passed and many harvests are home or under-way. This week has seen me clear the tunnel, spread lots of compost afresh on the beds and begin planting for the next phase of crops. As I cleared the tunnel and collected masses of seeds and […]

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Counting Down the Days

Often times as I sit down to write this blog, it is evening and the day has come to settle here, in the cottage… the lamp illuminating the darkness, Jack sprawled out in front of the stove, with both cats in residence upon the sofas…I squeeze in somewhere! The stillness of the evening pervades the […]

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April Snow, Bees and Butterflies

April weather is always unpredictable. Snow fell this morning…in between rain and brilliant sunshine! It was like a convergence of all the seasons in one morning! This time last year we were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean down by Mullaghmore Pier. Legs and arms, uncovered for the first time in months, looked a sickly white […]

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