Lifting the Spirits

Midwinter is over. For many the celebration of Christmas has begun. Last minute frenetic shopping today and tomorrow… The days here at Bealtaine are beginning to lengthen. Not tangible as yet, but optimism for more daylight has taken hold and sometimes that is enough…simply knowing that the darkness has passed. The cottage remains in a […]

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A Most Formidable Woman…

The stretch in the days is quite tangible…it remained light until after 5:30 today. Yesterday I wrote about the frogs in the lower pond and the frog-spawn therein…so, yes, Spring is creeping in! I lit the stove here in the sitting room earlier as I intend to curl up with a glass of home-made vino […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ The Benefits of Tea

Evening turns to night at Bealtaine Cottage. The bats have emerged from their home and are flying low around the cottage. Lots of activity today at Bealtaine, especially around the Tunnel and Nursery beds. Many of the Blackcurrant seedlings are now in bigger pots and moved to the plants area, where they will stay until […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Oregano, Hippocrates and Herbs

The hips of the Rosa Rugosa are yet to turn red. Rugosa rose is widely used as an ornamental plant. As a seaside plant it is invaluable as it can tolerate the salty wind and storms really well. The sweetly scented flowers are used to make pot-pourri in Japan and China,  where it has been […]

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The Permaculture Daily Photo-Blog from Ireland

Nasturtiums  in bloom this morning. These are the trailing variety and will grow well in poor soil. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible and add a spicy taste to a salad. These are growing from a pot on the veranda. Swathes of colour dot the driveway to the cottage as the Valerian, Dog […]

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