Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

I want to share a blog Nora discovered and shared with me a few weeks ago called “Bealtaine Cottage.”  The author of the blog is Colette O’Neill, and she and her delightful property and cottage are located in Ireland.

One of the first things that struck me when I started to peruse her blog was her comfortable, homey writing style, but also the wonderful photos of her property.  Everything looked so green and lush –humming with vibrant life.  As I read more, and looked at the before and after photos, I was simply awestruck by the transformation.  She took three acres of boggy, rush-ridden and otherwise barren property, and with the use of the principles of permaculture, transformed it over the course of 12 years into a wooded paradise which now supports abundant wildlife and where she grows her own food, herbs and a huge assortment of plants. 

I’m so enamored with all she has accomplished that I can’t wait for spring to arrive so I can begin to implement some of what I’ve learned from reading her blog and delving into a couple of permaculture books.  For anyone interested in gardening in a way that is more attuned to nature and the local ecology, I recommend a visit to her blog.  For anyone interested in seeing what one determined, dedicated person can accomplish, I recommend  the same.



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