Sustainable living in full sunshine as the Indian Summer continues in the West of Ireland. The back door remains open and the rain barrels stand empty.
This has been the driest September I have recorded in the ten years spent here at Bealtaine Cottage.
There is something afoot in the climate…it has changed into a series of extreme weather events.
And so we must adapt as best we can, for there is nothing being done by governments here in the west.
It’s all talk and taxes!
The majority of people I have spoken with are concerned, but not to the point of implementing real changes in their lives.
People appear to be looking to others, to see what changes are being implemented and then tending to follow suit, to a greater or lesser degree.
In this respect, I feel energized to keep writing my blog, to let people see that it is possible to live sustainably in style and comfort!
it is the choices we make which empower, or disempower us.
No corporation, government or institution want you, the human being, to know that!
Many imagine that their personal choices make no difference in terms of impact on their environment, but they do!
Each choice, every decision that is implemented, has a direct and cumulative effect on the planet, for everything is connected!
I have a visitor this weekend. I have chosen to make a vegetarian cottage pie…this is the filling and it tastes yummy!
There is no need to be part of the killing industry, no need at all.
As a vegetarian and aspiring vegan, my health is good and I have lots of energy.
I have visited the doctor twice over the past ten years.
I feel good about that choice, for I truly love all animals.
My guest will have home made pizza tomorrow and here is the sauce being cooked on the stove.
Cooking the day before allows all the flavours to infuse.
And we shall eat in a style that does not cost the earth in an unfitted kitchen.
If we recognise that there is immense change ahead for us all in the climate chaos manifesting, then we can build as much resilience into our homes and lives as possible.
My guest will stay in the Eco-lodge, heated to perfection with this small wood-burning stove, where the kettle sings constantly ready for tea.
Be the change you want to see!
Many visitors have spoken of their wish to be able to stay at Bealtaine Cottage and have invariably had to seek accommodation at local B&B homes.
The Lodge has a comfortable double bed and small single sofa-bed…as well as lots of pull-out floor cushions!It also has its own door to the garden and a sheltered veranda attached. This is the view of the gardens from the door.All four windows in the Lodge open onto sheltered gardens, as you can see.The connecting door to the cottage leads towards the shower-room and compost toilet…yes, this is a permaculture home and all the facilities are based on sustainable principles of living!With over a thousand trees planted here, the gardens boast shelter and a wonderful array of wildlife and birds.
There are modern, luxurious places to stay all over Ireland…Bealtaine Cottage is different, in that it is part of the landscape and unashamedly connecting into Mother Earth!You can park your car right up alongside the Lodge by this window.
Please note that B&B is no longer available at Bealtaine Cottage…Sorry!
I have spoken before about the ways in which access to growing space can be achieved, through allotments, community gardens and the like, but here is something which may prove to be an inspiration, a new way of looking at food, both growing it and eating!
I can believe it!
And the fun part? Now you can enjoy seeing some of your vegetables run to seed, like this Mizuna in the Potager Bed!
Many people are trying to make the transition into a more sustainable way of living.
Permaculture, growing food, making wine, spinning… are all facets of sustainable living that interest many people, as the economy continues to dwindle.
Visitors to this blog and the Bealtaine Cottage YouTube channel continue to grow at an amazing rate…sparking an interest in what sustainable living is all about.
This is an opportunity to spend a full weekend at Bealtaine Cottage, immersed in sustainable living, experiencing first hand, a comfortable and permaculture lifestyle.
The subjects covered in this weekend workshop will include wine-making, composting, soft fruit growing, raised Potager bed construction and planting, as well as growing/harvesting fuel for the stove.
You will get to use a rocket stove, shred harvested materials to make mulch, learn to take and plant cuttings and ask lots of questions about many aspects of sustainable living.
This will afford you the time and space to ask questions about the permaculture way of living, growing and developing a sustainable lifestyle…easily!
You will get to stay in the Lodge at Bealtaine, with it’s own wood-burning stove and veranda, with beautiful, peaceful views across some of the gardens.
During the course of the weekend you will be able to explore the gardens at leisure, eat wholesome Vegetarian or Vegan food and enjoy home made wine!
The sustainable living weekend is limited to two people sharing, so it helps if you know each other!
Oops…it’s gone…This weekend is now fully booked!
For me it’s not just the kindest way to live, but the most environmentally friendly way to live.
It’s also the cheapest way to live.
I was watching this great video on the subject, from 1976!
Take the time to watch it…it’s in 3 parts…
The storm continues to rage. Walking Jack this morning, I was pulled down the road by an over-enthusiastic dog and blown back home by the gale force wind. It was brilliant and energizing and really uplifting!
- 4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
- (1 onion (diced)
- 2 large cans of chopped tomatoes
- 250mls passata tomato
- 500g cooked red kidney beans
- 3 tbsps of olive oil
- 3 tbsps of chilli powder
- 4 tablespoons tomato puree
Fry the onion, oil, garlic. Add tomato puree and fry another 2 minutes. Add chilli powder and fry a further 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, passata and beans…let it cook for about 20-30minutes. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste! Yummy…serve on a bed of wholegrain rice, with green salad and fresh deliciou bread…STOP DROOLING!
You will need a staple gun or hammer and tacks. Cut a strip of material the width of the door and about 20-30cms deep. Fold and tack to the bottom of the door, with the folded side just touching the floor. Now you are draft free!
With amazing images!
The very beauty of this morning defies one not to honour the Earth, honour Gaia.
This is an important part of living with and on Gaia.
We have a co-dependent “Web of Life” that includes all physical forms of existence from plants to humans.
Gaia is Earth’s authentic name as “She” is therefore personalized in order for us as humans to have a better relationship with Her.
Each morning I choose to endeavour to reduce my human impact on Gaia, by being mindful of my actions and moderate with natural resources.
As a practising Gaian, becoming a vegetarian was a natural response to the growing environmental concerns and a way of living lightly on the Earth.
Being respectful and courteous not only of human life, but also animal and to an extent plant life, is part of a growing philosophy that heightens spiritual awareness and connectivity.
Aspiring towards a Vegan way of life is my everyday challenge and centres me onto Gaia.
It helps us all to understand the unity of the universe that binds us all and encourages environmental awareness.
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I have many reasons to feel close to this day and celebrate also. The best Midwife and Nurse I have ever had the pleasure to know was a tiny Indian lady called Mrs Munasingh, who delivered my daughter. A strong, compassionate, yet physically tiny and graceful, Mrs Munasingh, whose first name I never came to know, acted as my personal Midwife and gave me such a sense of security that I had a brilliant, drug-free labour and birth, free from doctors and formalized delivery. She was nothing less than an Amazon of a woman and totally in control…Bless you wherever you are. I often think of you!
The second reason, not that any are needed, to celebrate this day, is the lifestyle I feel I share with so many of the people of India…in that I am a Vegetarian and now Vegan.
The idea of vegetarianism is deeply ingrained in Hindu and Jain traditions in India and most Hindus are vegetarian and so are almost all Jains.
A journey via Permaculture that has led me to give up smoking, become a Vegetarian and evolve into a Vegan.
Happy to be an Economic Terrorist…I rarely shop, so that makes me an enemy of the Corporate State…and anyone who wants to rant about me being a Conspiracy Theorist…well, I live in the real world and watched as Ireland was handed over to the Corporations, mostly banks, bankers and greed-mongers…if this resonates with you then be prepared to be dismissed as a C.T.!
You can’t buy anything on this site…everything I advocate comes for free and I’m happy to welcome visitors to this Permaculture Smallholding and show them around, even send them off with free plants and advice on how to do permaculture.
A willow arbour. Free. No Garden centre involved here! No money, just the abundance and love and goodness that is Nature…beyond money and the Merchants of Greed!
The Permaculture Polytunnel this morning. Spilling over with food and seeds…Seeds are the bankable currency of the VERY near future! Why do think the US government shares the control of GM seeds with that Monster Monsanto?
Far be that fate from us…said Ovid over 2,000 years ago…
It got me thinking of all I thought would not happen when I first took up growing…
We would not destroy our lifeline, the soil, for all that is necessary for life lies within…
Did you see the gigantically terrifying Dust-cloud that enveloped Phoenix, Arizona?
Reminiscent of the Dust-Bowl catastrophes of the hungry thirties…
There is little need to dig, disturbing the ecological balance of the soil.
The fate that awaits us all is a depleted soil and thence a depleted Earth and this is happening every day in corporate controlled Agriculture…and there is a Land-Grab going on, have no doubt about that!
The Corporate monsters are on the march!
As consumers we are powerful, very powerful indeed!
I was reminded on Twitter this morning of this when reading some of the tweets accumulated overnight and one of them was about buying local, another about imported foods from parts of Africa where hunger is now ravaging the people…think on…
Hazelnuts beginning to ripen here at Bealtaine…this is a food to forage as well as grow and forms a good source of protein for the vegan or vegetarian.
These store well and can be ground or minced and added to burgers!
And a few more words from Ovid…”Video meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor,” which translated means, simply…”I see the better way, and approve it; I follow the worse.”
We have choices.
We have the power.
We can be the change we want to see…
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!
Bealtaine this morning…
Got a mega-curry under way…vegan, of course and destined to be consumed over the course of the weekend!
The Red Jewels…
in the garden are redcurrants…to be made into one of the best fruit wines around!
has been a hive of activity this morning, with curry, soup and bread all made and stored for the weekend. This will be a ‘no-cook,’ weekend!
a great weekend everyone. Maybe plant a tree? Be happy!