The Storm

The wind had engulfed the cottage for several days, starting its angry encirclement in the early hours of Sunday morning. The kettle kept a simmer on the stove for cups of tea to pass the evening in quiet repose. The storm raged for most of yesterday too and now, this morning, the rain falls softly […]

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Midsummer in an Irish Permaculture Garden

Fruit, flowers and vegetables are all in abundance in the permaculture smallholding of Bealtaine. Roses are in over-production and some are well on their way to becoming the wonderful, vitamin-C packed hips of harvest for the Autumn. ¬†Missy continues to direct operations, while listening to the calls of the Pheasant on the hill behind the […]

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The Festival of Bealtaine

Aquilegia, now growing all over the permaculture gardens and driveway of Bealtaine Cottage, from its beginnings here 8 years ago, with a handful of seed, saved from a some flowers growing in a garden in North London. The time is near…Mayday, known as Bealtaine here in Ireland. It is pronounced “Be Al Tan Ah” Irish […]

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Hens…Raising Happy Girls!

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The Bealtaine Girls…a bit like the Bluebell Girls, except they don’t dance! I love hens. They are social creatures. They are inquisitive by nature and become very tame when treated well. I have kept hens for years, even when I lived in London, I kept hens in my garden in Muswell Hill. So, hens are […]

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Permaculture Cottage…Groups of Plants and Jack….

Jack has settled into Bealtaine very well and now runs around the cottage playing with anything he can steal…usually one of my socks, scarves or shoes… Highly scented Buddleia, drooping under their own weight, hang down after the storms of recent days. No butterflies as the weather has been so bad recently…hoping all that will […]

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