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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Resilience of The Bealtaine Project as Drought and Heatwave Ravage Ireland

Extreme weather conditions have struck once again here in Ireland. Planting over eleven hundred trees over fourteen years has meant resilience for Bealtaine Cottage. This continual onslaught of extreme weather is fast establishing itself as the new normal! From the normally mild summers of Ireland and the UK, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have […]

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Garden design using white-washed stones.

It is standard permaculture practice to use whatever is to hand when constructing features in the garden. I happen to live in a part of West Ireland where there is a surplus of stone…in fact there is stone just about everywhere. This is a very rocky part of Ireland and is in fact very beautiful […]

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Bealtaine Cottage ~ Autumn Equinox and Samhain…Lifting the Veil.

Saturday Morning at Bealtaine Cottage Sun and clear skies. As the sun rises in the east, so the moon sets in the west…one of those glorious autumn mornings in Ireland. Today is a busy one for me. Visitors, willow cutting, fedging and lots more. Yes…that is a little tomato you can see in there…this being […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Photographs from Today…

The front of the cottage here at Bealtaine, in the early morning light, today. There’s a lot of cutting back to be done over the next few days and lots of compost to be made from it! The driveway from the cottage down to the gate and road…misty in the early morning.

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Disappearing Ireland…Pictures from the Edge…

Generations of people have lived in the west of Ireland, generations have left…and those who remain are fast fading into a sparse population… This is the story of one abandoned dwelling in the North West of Ireland. Government policy appears to militate against people living here… Nature begins to consume the little stone barn… This […]

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Photos from a Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland.

Greening up in the East garden…the sunshine makes it look surreal! Oh dear…my blog site is playing up, not allowing me to upload pics properly. It’s inserting one pic on top of another and I don’t know what to do! No real speed to connect with much as this is dial-up! Sorry folks…will continue to […]

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