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 fifteenth year on these three acres. The interior of the tunnel has been remodelled  to create a sanctuary in which to enjoy being in the garden, even in very wet weather! Sanctuaries are much needed in today’s world! The plastic has been washed inside and…

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 witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past two weeks! This should be a wake-up call to plant…trees!  Only three months ago the country ground to a halt with severe snow storms and massive fall of snow in 48 hours! Now we are experiencing…

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 for it. However, when making a small garden, and in this case it was one by the entrance to the cottage near the public road, then it made perfect sense to collect up some stones and white-wash them. That way the edges are marked out…

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 a permaculture smallholding there are lots of food plants everywhere to be harvested in the most unexpected places… Autumn is a time of early shadows as the season of summer passes over. This is one of the best videos  that explains with images, words and…

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.

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 would have been a pretty little cottage once upon a time. The roof would have been thatched, flowers planted around the door… Warm fires would once have welcomed the visitor to this home…now only the eerie silence befalls the traveller… How many feet once trod…

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 post! All I can say is that the pics are all of Bealtaine Cottage Smallholding! It’s a beautiful morning here in west Ireland. Summer appears to have come early. The mountains look baby blue this morning, caught in a heat haze. I shall try posting…