An Irish Cottage Garden and Homestead in Spring

The promise of peaches growing outdoors in the west of Ireland, another Bealtaine Cottage first! Blossom on these home grown trees, grown from seed, is looking good. So far, with only the first month behind us, this has been a remarkable Spring! New Bird Boxes have been added to the rich habitat, now in its […]

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Old Year’s Night…Celtic Samhain

Between two worlds, that of Summer and of Winter, rests Samhain.  Samhain, (pronounced “Sow-when”) is the most important time in the Ancient Irish (and Celtic) Calendar. The time of Samhain starts at dusk, when the light and dark are in balance. This was never regarded as a time of death, but a time of incubation […]

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Easy Seeds and Cuttings to Grow

A video of what seeds and cuttings are easiest to grow, as proved in the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine Cottage… Come and have a peak at what’s growing… The website link is    https://bealtainecottage.com/2016/03/05/sunshine-and-cuttings/    

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Celtic Ireland~Imbolc Rising

And so the wheel turns towards Spring and its tentative beginnings in the West of Ireland as the sun rises tomorrow morn. With the rising of the sun comes Imbolc! Oftentimes it does not look or even feel like Spring, but the light has changed…something that animals see, feel and react to before we do. […]

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Little Pots of Magic…She Stirs…

The decision, once made, gathers energy and slowly, slowly begins to move…like a baby discovering it can crawl! And so it begins…the first small movements of the Forest of Bealtaine, barely perceptible, but felt and experienced. The Forest of Bealtaine is emerging through seed…seeds collected, saved and sown into pots of Bealtaine compost, that will […]

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Permaculture Gardens

The growing season has begun, with Rhubarb sending forth strong pink stems despite the storms of recent weeks. Meanwhile, down in the Fairy Wood, ferns have kept their green in the shelter of the dell. Mosses grow bright in the sunlight and ivy twists and twirls around the Goat Willow. Lots of Goat Willow has […]

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The Closing Chapter

Summer began to melt into Autumn at Bealtaine Cottage amidst a flurry of bees and butterflies, more than ever witnessed in the permaculture gardens. Harvesting began and the kitchen was a place of jam jars and bottles, all waiting to be filled and labelled. The glut of blackcurrants became wine, jam and chutney, with even […]

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Midwinter in an Irish Cottage

Rain is falling, softly, silently, onto a warm land. The air is still. Birds sing out loud. A touch of Spring is in the air as Midwinter approaches. It often happens this way, birds singing in the still air near Solstice. The cold is saved for January…the biting winds that bring the snow. I have […]

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