It’s this weekend everyone!
You have a special invitation to come and spend as long as you like on either Saturday or Sunday, this weekend, exploring the gardens, asking questions, looking inside the cottage and just having a lovely time in the permaculture gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage…and…it’s all for charity!
Carole from Whispering Pines in the U.S. has already donated the entrance fee, of 10euros, despite the fact that America is a long way off! Carole at http://whisperingpinesfiberandherbfarm.com/ writes a lovely blog every day all about her homestead and lovely animals…I often pop by!
Hopefully there will be at least 100 euros to donate to The Leitrim Animal Sanctuary by the close of the weekend!
Your 10 euro donation includes tea and lashings of cake, home made soup with home made bread and staying all day if you wish! How’s that for value…and you will be helping animals in distress!
If it’s wet, don’t fret…with two covered verandas and a cosy cottage, there will be lots of dry space to enjoy your morning or afternoon tea!
There is lots to see and many secret paths to explore…so come along to the Permaculture Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage this weekend..
Directions to Bealtaine Cottage…
From Ballyfarnon travel on the R284 to Keadue for approx 4km. In Keadue turn right at the top of Village, signposted Leitrim Village. Travel for approx 2km and take right (L 15036) and house is third on the left.
From Carrick on Shannon, travel on the R284 to Leitrim Village, approx 5km. In Leitrim Village go over bridge and take left road signposted Keadue. Travel for approx 6km and take left (L 15036) and house is third on the left.
Carrick on Shannon 11km
Nasturtiums, Lobelia, Petunia, Sweet William, Perlagonium, Valerian and Night Scented Stock are jostling for space near the back door.
Abundance reigns supreme in the gardens, as seen here in these lovely old-fashioned roses that lead the way up to the new orchard.
This is a strange bee with a black bottom half.
These beds are very abundant and productive, considering the shallow depth and intensive planting…the weather is promised good for tomorrow!
This cable table has sat in the garden for eight years…great garden furniture for free!
Sunflowers and lots of seeds getting ready for harvesting in the tunnel in these Potager raised beds.
Friday evening at Bealtaine…the rocket stove is boiling the kettle for another pot of tea…could it get any better?
Would this be equal to a few solar panels?
Potting, planting, protecting and nurturing the future of Earth…the babies of Gaia are secure in the Nursery beds as the storm approaches from the west, with an early winter not far behind…in late October to be expected!
Visitors to this permaculture blog topped 70,000 this week.
Interest in permaculture is booming as the forces that rule and dominate this sacred earth go into a tailspin, driven by their hatred, greed and compelling and overwhelming desire to destroy all that is good and sustainable on Gaia.
More and more people are becoming desirous of finding a way forward which can only be based on sustainability.
Permaculture is the way that has proven itself to be foolproof here at Bealtaine Cottage. Marian, Colin and Marisa, visitors this week, will testify to that!
Sedums this morning, near the tunnel. It’s hard to believe that these are growing where once only rushes grew…with nothing sprayed, turned, dug, imported, raped or plundered.
The thing is, when you start to trust Nature and treat her as a friend, wonderful things start to happen…that is permaculture for me, in a nutshell!
The flower heads can be dried and used to make tea which has wonderful anti-bacterial properties.
Good for sore throats!
Ash trees stand tall and heroic all around the borders of Bealtaine…I have more faith and trust in these guardians of Gaia than any standing army!
The pathway into the Fairy Dell, lined on either side by a Willow Fedge…now is the time to create fedges like this, easy to make and cost ZERO…my favourite word as you all know!
PS…since posting this in September 2011, over 295,000 visitors have made their way to Bealtaine Cottage…permaculture is blooming!
Evening turns to night at Bealtaine Cottage.
The bats have emerged from their home and are flying low around the cottage.
Many of the Blackcurrant seedlings are now in bigger pots and moved to the plants area, where they will stay until planted out.
The nights are verging from warm and balmy to quite chilly.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see early frost, as the weather has become unpredictable.
In 2010, researchers found that people who consumed tea had significantly less cognitive decline than non-tea drinkers.
The study used data on more than 4,800 men and women aged 65 and older to examine change in cognitive function over time.
Study participants were followed for up to 14 years for naturally-occurring cognitive decline. (Study carried out by Leonore Arab PhD UCLA 2010).
Tea leaves contain more than 700 chemicals, including flavanoides, amino acids, vitamins (C, E and K), caffeine and polysaccharides.
Tea plays an important role in improving beneficial intestinal microflora, as well as providing immunity against intestinal disorders and in protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage.
Tea also prevents dental caries due to the presence of fluorine.
The role of tea is well established in normalizing blood pressure, lipid depressing activity, prevention of coronary heart diseases and diabetes by reducing the blood-glucose activity.
Both green and black tea infusions contain a number of antioxidants.
Something that my grandmother always insisted upon, though she didn’t call them antioxidants, …now, how did she know?
Following the Boot Fair this morning I called into the local supermarket to chance buying a cake…well, I fancied somrthing sweet and you know life as a Vegan is not meant to be drab! What in the world do they put into these shop cakes…industrialized food at it’s worst! Being a Vegan means HAVING to check all the ingredients as to avoid the possibility of the dreaded, DAIRY!
I was so put off having to read the endless lists of chemicals in some of these cakes, that I gave up, came home and baked a cake instead! And here it is. It took minutes to make up and I left it in a warm oven with a plate on top to prevent it from burning while I went out to do some gardening and talk to friends who had called! It is completely criminal…yummy to the point of greed and beyond!