My Wildest Dreams

Bees are declining all over the world, for multiple reasons. The most serious one in my estimation is habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation…in other words… Homelessness! This is not a problem at Bealtaine Cottage, as Bee habitat and food source creation was implemented in the early years of the Bealtaine project. As a direct consequence […]

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Windy, Warm, with Daffodils on Boxing Day!

Christmas Presents… Trees as pressies! I love these presents as they keep on giving and giving and will be here long after I have passed! Daffodils The weather is very mild and has been so for much of the winter so far. As testament to this the daffodils have decided to make an unseasonally early […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ A Walk on the Wild Side

Ivy loops and twirls around the trees in the Fairy Dell woodland. Ivy that feeds the birds in the depths of midwinter. Ivy that shelters the pheasant in the heat of midsummer. Strong, natural and wild… Ivy and Lichens, so perfect in the gardens at Bealtaine that it can only be the hand of Nature…no […]

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Permaculture Cottage ~ 70,000 Visitors…(now almost 300,000) seek a better way forward.

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 […]

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Fruity Sourdough Bread and Real Bluebells at Bealtaine Permaculture Smallholding.

Made a fruit sourdough bread yesterday.¬† Sourdough skills are developing slowly and the real savings are tangible. Making the traditional soda bread was easy, but more costly. Buttermilk was needed, whereas sourdough requires nothing other than the flour and what one chooses over and above that! Added to that is the bonus of the bread […]

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Permaculture Zero…My Two Favourite Words! Bealtaine Smallholding West Ireland.

Willow arches, all around Bealtaine, have greened up and may need their first trim of the year…about two trims a summer are enough to keep the shape!Comfrey…this has been planted all over the smallholding. It grows wild in damp, shady places, near streams and rivers. Historically this powerful plant has been used to knitting broken […]

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Permaculture Health, Wealth and Abundance…May the Force be With You!

Apple blossom this morning at Bealtaine. As I write this I am listening to Irish Radio…talking endlessly about money, economics, making people spend money, kick-starting the economy! They just don’t get it! The wealth of a country must be measured in the health and wellbeing of its people… Rhubarb waiting for me to turn it […]

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